Surviving the entrepreneurial roller coaster
It’s not for the faint of heart, the entrepreneurial life. If we are certain of anything, it’s that this is true. The highs are high, but the lows, wow… they can be really low. Navigating the complexity of knowing when to commit more, when to walk away, when to say yes, when to say no, how to do it all can be challenging to say the least. Cue: overwhelm. Overwhelm so intense, it can be paralyzing at times.
Although it may seem that you’re the only one struggling in the low right now, we can tell you that you are not alone maverick! In fact, we are willing to bet that every third entrepreneur you see is struggling with a low in some capacity. And we are willing to bet that every second one of us will at some point today already have been hitting their head against the wall, asking themselves silently “why do I do this to myself? when will it get easier?”
The truth is, it probably will get easier. But it will take time. Rome wasn’t built overnight, amirite?
So let’s get ready for battle together and survive the fairly predictable rollercoaster that is this life we have chosen. Here are our tips to help you get through on the other side…
- Breathe. But, like realllllyyy breathe. Practice your deep, calming, connecting breaths. Take a time out. Even five minutes of deep, calm breathing can rejuvenate your body, relax your mind, and reconnect you to your values. Breathing can shift your perspective in a powerful way, help you get back to being grounded, and help you to swiftly knock those toxic thoughts out your head.
- Talk it out. Too often the entrepreneurial community is pretending that everything is hunky-dory and struggling at it alone. Failing at one thing, or having a bad day, does not mean that your business is a failure. It definitely does not mean that you are a failure. More open, honest and vulnerable conversations in the areas we struggle in can provide insight into how other friends in our community pushed through and how they overcame their struggles.
- Get inspired. We all have things that inspire us and provide us with profound aha-moments. A walk outside, brunch with a friend, fur baby cuddles, Netflix in bed. Whatever your chill, find it. Fall in love with life again, fall in love with yourself again, and naturally you’ll fall in love with your dreams again.
- Celebrate the highs. It’s easy to get caught up in all a business demands, but it’s so important to celebrate the milestones. Enjoy every moment. The highs are there as fuel to help you power through the lows, relish and embrace them wholeheartedly.
- Rest before you quit. Call a time out on your business if you’re feeling ready to pull the plug. Figure out what you need to keep things afloat and then retreat. Give yourself permission to slow down, to stop hustling, to sleep in, to go to yoga instead of working, to have an early night instead of working, to spend your time enjoying life rather than investing in your business. Invest in yourself, because too often we forget to as entrepreneurs and burn out leads to bad choices.
- it’s okay to break. Lastly, if it is time to walk away, or re-brand, or transition your venture into something else, THAT IS OKAY! We are constantly evolving as people, and thus our businesses naturally will evolve too. Sometimes that means they take on a completely different look, sometime’s it’s minor, and sometimes they just have served their purpose and it’s time to close the doors. It’s all okay. Once again, it does NOT mean that you are a failure, or even that your business failed. You learnt a helluva lot, you met awesome people, you showed up with courage to try something new without any certainty that it would turn out as you expected. Consider this a stepping stone to something greater! Find us an entrepreneur who hasn’t failed in a business or in one aspect of their business and we’ll give you a million dollars (of Monopoly money).
Remember why you opted for this life, remember why you believed in your idea enough to risk it all, and remember who is cheering you on believing in you and your dreams. And count us amongst them.