Even the most optimistic and motivated aspiring entrepreneur will reach a point where frustration or anxiety grinds progress to a halt. This is otherwise known as “hitting the wall.”
It can happen when doing things you hate such as:
- Making sales and marketing calls
- Trying to crank out a first draft of a book or product
- Filling out government or legal forms (my personal most hated activity)
- Creating a business plan
What can you do to not let frustration derail your dreams? My five recommendations in this week’s 7 1/2 minute podcast (found here) include:
- Scream, whine, wail, swear and complain
Give voice to those screaming demons inside that say that they are frustrated, angry, dismayed, disillusioned or tired. Just don’t do it in a public place, or you may be arrested or lose your job.
- Step away
Remove yourself from the physical environment that is causing you stress as quickly as you can.
- Find a source of immediate beauty or calm
Get yourself to a full-body extra-sensory environment that invokes calm, physical relaxation and peace. The more senses that you can engage in this exercise the better.
- Reconnect with the reason behind your entrepreneurial endeavor
Remember what excited you about this idea in the first place. Was it lifestyle? Contribution? Meaning? Money? If the idea doesn’t hold water anymore, let it go, and free up space for something else. Also identify what resources you could use to make the endeavor easier for yourself.
- Make a very clear and specific goal to complete one task
Choose one thing that is very feasible to accomplish and do it. Celebrate your success, and get back on the path of step by step progress on your plans.
We all get frustrated sometimes – it is part of the human condition. Don’t let a moment of frustration derail your dreams.
What do you do when you hit a wall?
And for those of you who pay attention to these things, you may notice that this podcast came out on Tuesday instead of Monday. Let me just say that walls don’t just come up when you are starting a business. It never ends. Thank god for the cheap therapy of podcasting! 🙂