There are times when being an adult is hard. As kids, adulthood was this sparkling dimension where late night ice cream parties and bottomless, guiltless spending at Disneyland were a reality. No one ever told us the hardships of the 30 year fixed mortgage, the wedding industry, the likelihood of never becoming an astronaut, and the hell January 1 through April 15.
But what comes exceptionally hard to swallow is the toughness of being an adult and following your dreams.
Entrepreneurship is hard.
Using only your own two hands, you’ve created a moving, working business out of the entrails of an idea. You’ve believed in yourself enough to invest time, money, and tears to the pursuit that is supposed to change the world. Not everyone is capable of such dedication.
Sometimes, as is possible in life, things don’t turn out according to the plan. Maybe you didn’t hit your first financial milestone. Maybe you don’t have as many clients as you’d originally predicted. Maybe some force of nature came diving down to wreak havoc on your business and you were left devastated and uncertain.
We’ve all been there in those moments of questioning and in those days of despair. It gets especially difficult when you come to the line of your closest “supporters” who begin to wonder loudly if you should just quit while you’re ahead and join the rest of them in the workforce like normal humans your age. They remind you just how far against the grain you are pushing. It’s this darkness that makes it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel and remember why you did all this for in the first place.
Remember that you are not alone. You are an entrepreneur. The struggle is real.
But when the hope has gone with the last utility bill, and despair is piled higher than the invoices, do not wallow in your defeats and do not dwell in the negativity because they are only more corners on the wet blanket that is holding you down.
Instead, remember these three motivational mantras to help get you out of your slump and back at the reins of successful entrepreneurship.
A Mantra, as taken from Hinduism and Buddhism, is a word, a sound, or a phrase that is repeated over and over and over and over again with the intention of heightening meditation or concentration. These three mantras that I have provided you with are simple phrases you can bring from your artillery of defenses against the harsh, dark world with its endless supply of crappy surprises.
To activate the mantras and boost your inspiration and motivation for success, all you need to do is take five minutes a day to yourself to be alone. When you are alone, try to find a time when you can let your mind relax. The purpose of the mantra is to help push the flood of busy thoughts out of your head for a few moments to clarity in the confusion. When you repeat these mantras over and over, you stop fussing and worrying about the world around you and concentrate on putting all of your energy, all of your focus, and all of your power into one channel.
Now, find yourself a quiet, secluded place and repeat after me:
Mantra 1- Never Forget Where You Came From
“Always remember where you are going, but never forget where you came from.” – Anonymous
Mantra 2 – Grow Up and Be the Tree
“Nothing comes as an accomplishment instantly. Success does not come overnight. Patience is the key! Grow up and be the tree; but remember it takes dry and wet seasons to become a fruit bearer, achiever and impact maker!” – Israelmore Ayivor
Mantra 3 – Look on the Optimistic Side of Life
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” -Walt Disney