There are 3 thing every entrepreneur has in common, the good times, the bad times and the sad times.
If nothing is constant in the world of running your own business, then this is one thing that no one can change or total control.
Your business will occasionally spiral out of your control and most times, this is not going to be for good. Your start could hit a state of zero clients and you start imagining all types of bad things that could happen.
Your brand could get bad feedback from a difficult client and this could make you feel like your whole brand reputation has been thrown into the trash.
Maybe your peers are beginning to do way better than you and you are wondering why your lucky star has left you. Comparison can really be the thief of joy.
Or maybe you have just run out of funds due to a bad marketing decision or a failed investment.
Heck, this happens to the best of us. You are not alone.
Every top entrepreneur you can ever think of had some kind of rough patch growing up to where they are currently. Even the Legendary Elon Musk has his days when he woke up and felt like sh*t. I am not saying you should ignore your bad time and act like nothing is wrong, but rather embrace it.
This is not the time to be logical or think business strategy, this is the time to play mind games and control how you feel.
There are 5 ways you can do this because if you keep ignoring it, you might go into a state of depression and trust me, this is not good for your health or business.
1. See your bad times as feedback
Yes, this is the plain truth. Bad times are nothing but feedback and indicators to let us know that there is something to be fixed in our business. Your business could be running aground and without this little sad time, you might probably be in oblivion.
What matters the most is not what is happening around you but how you handle it. You can take all that negative energy and turn it into something great. Take the time to study the loopholes that led to this rough patch. Look within to find what is going wrong.
2.Spend time with loved ones
Yes, as simple as this may seem, this is when you need to be around loved ones the most. no matter how much you try to run your business, you are not robocop lol. You are still human with flesh and blood and heck this is why you feel sad during tough times.
If you have a spouse, spend time with time, if you have friends or sibling close by reach out to them via call or physical meetups, not to discuss business but to distract your mind. This will slow down how fast your mind scales your problem into World War 3, because the mind can really olay funny games when it comes to escalating failure.
3. Eat your special dish
This is the time you need to remind your stomach of how good things can get. Your mind needs nothing but a little distraction.
You need to go eat that special meal you have always dreamed of, go to that fine dining experience, eat some shrimps and nicely made chicken soup or if you are a cooker, then go cook some good meal. Spend that extra dollar to spoil yourself a little. You need it the most. Your stomach can really be the gateway to your soul.
4. Log out for a while and do something else
This is one that works for me a lot. I just go to Netflix and watch the moves of my choice. Movies have a way of drowning your thoughts and making you forget all that has been turning your world upside down.
You can take full advantage of this hypnotic side of movies to cleanse your mind. You could go to a Cinema and see a new movie, or just go watch a fun show on Youtube. This is when you will get to appreciate comedy. Trust me, this will clean your mind out and help you reboot.
5. Just sleep
Yes, do what might be hardest. Take a long good sleep.
You need to go lie down and sleep a little. Disconnect your mind from reality and plug it into a world of possibility. Take that long sleep you have long been denying yourself. Put away all distractions such as email notification and social media. Just totally log out of this world and clear your mind.
Sleep is still one of the best forms of FREE self-therapy you can easily take advantage of. Don’t overthink it, just sleep.
Don’t let that feeling drown you, you need to bounce back fast and attack your failures, It’s okay to fall down but staying down in self-pity is going to ruin you.
If you feel that these were insightful or you have something helpful you can add to this, please leave a comment below and share how you handle anxiety.