I know you probably did a double take from reading that title. I meant for that to happen. I have been reading so much about how entrepreneurs struggle and a common theme is many of you believe that the people who are the most successful in their niche markets didn’t struggle. It’s almost like they landed here with their cool programs and websites and are just rocking it. There also seems to be a stigma attach to the word struggle.
I think we all need to take a moment to realize at one point or another, we are going to be struggling in our businesses. Personally, when I am struggling, it is usually because I am about to make a huge breakthrough, either in a new concept, some new content, or just in my own personal mindset. I have had to make a lot of shifts in the past six months and anyone who knows me, knows I don’t deal with change well. But I was at the point where I needed to just “suck it up Buttercup” and do what I needed to do. For me, that meant getting a job to take the financial pressure off, getting really clear about what services I wanted to offer and just breathe. I had been working 70 hours a week and felt like that was all I ever did – was work. I wasn’t enjoying or really even experiencing all that life has to offer.
I think struggle is awesome. Anyone who is willing to struggle to get where they need to be – that is a sign of a person who is will to just get it done. It is a sign of real inner strength. Struggle is a sign of growth and expansion. It doesn’t have to have so much of a negative connotation. We ALL struggle, whether it’s in our business, with our families, or just getting through this fabulous thing called life. If you are struggling, you are not willing to just settle. See, you are striving for better. You recognize that where you are and what you have at the moment is just not enough. And you are willing to step up, take action and create the change that is necessary to achieve your goals and dreams.
There is nothing wrong with that. So stop fearing struggle and start seeing it for what is it. And opportunity to become better, to become more – to position yourself to serve others in a way you are passionate about. Don’t get so overwhelmed in how long you are there. Be gentle with yourself. Once I allowed myself to acknowledge that the struggle I was experiencing was needed for growth, it didn’t seem so bad. Take a break and gain perspective. Strive to thrive.