You see alot of ads and hear about many people having insane success with different online businesses. Scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, and even YouTube, you get bombarded with ads about how easy it is to create a six figure business from scratch…with no prior experience or your own product.
It sometimes leaves me feeling like I have missed out, and that I will never have that kind of success.
See, what people don’t tell you is that when you give up a 9 – 5 job for a digital lifestyle, you inherit a 24/7 gig.
With you being the source of your success, every moment you spend not working on your business can feel like a very irresponsible moment. Friends ask “wanna hit the bar?” and you say “can’t. gotta finish this page,” or when Christmas rolls around and you go to visit your parents and can’t stop thinking about your next blog post, or launching a new ad campaign.
By being the generator of your well being, not only is it freeing, it can also be very stressful…especially in the first few months before you’ve seen the fruits of your labor. You might start asking yourself why you thought this was a good idea, having thoughts of self doubt, and thinking that you can’t possibly succeed in this.
Then you get bombarded by other people’s success yet again and the little bit of morale you had left melts away faster than the snowflake on your nose.
Owning your own business is hard. It takes a ton of self discipline and motivation. You need to be willing to go, go, go and keep going, even when it feels like you can’t possibly go any more.
It’s a bit like going to the gym. The first week goes pretty well, and you feel motivated to go back. The second week, the same weights you have been lifting feel much heavier, and you might skip a day to sleep in, and by the third week…you REALLY don’t want to go back.
But when you push through, it starts getting easier to keep showing up and pushing yourself. You almost start craving the endorphins that get released when you struggle through that last rep.
I struggle with pushing myself through those last reps. It’s difficult for me to discipline myself to the point of utter exhaustion. I have found that when I am accountable to someone else, or when I have someone else pushing me, it’s easier for me to get through. That’s why having a personal trainer can be so effective. Not only will they hold you accountable for showing up, but they will support you and push you harder than you would otherwise push yourself.
The same is true for owning your own business. When it’s just you working on this thing, it’s much easier to lose steam, and to instead watch the next Netflix season of Lost in Space. As with working out with a personal trainer, having someone to help keep you on track and moving forward is incredibly beneficial.
Once I started working with my personal mentors, my progress took a new and different trajectory. I’m not going to say that all my troubles suddenly vanished and that I had immediate success…cause that didn’t happen. But what did happen is that I had a deeper sense of security and assurity in my success. I had a support network that I could go to for help, and people to push me and keep me accountable to the things I needed to do.
If you are thinking about starting on online business, or already have and are struggling to succeed, take a look at your support network. Do you have people in place to bounce idea’s off and mastermind? Is there a structure that keeps you going and on track? Who can you turn to in times of frustration and immobility?
If you need help, support or guidance along your journey, I’d love to hear from you. You are not alone, contrary to popular belief, and whatever has you stuck, there is a way out. You can also check out my mentors here, where you can find access to hundreds of people all over the globe who are working their way through the nuances of starting an online business.