Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, I learned a lot of valuable lessons. Watching my grandparents as they worked so hard to make their businesses run successfully, their dedication and hard work gave me a foundation that sparked my entrepreneurial spirit.
Of course, not every day was a walk in the park. Sometimes we run into obstacles that come up in our businesses. Growing up on a farm, I saw many examples of this. Things that you can not necessarily control. The tractor breaks down, and you lose a week of work, or the hay is down with a storm coming ruining the quality so we could no longer sell it at the full price, or we lost half the produce in the field due to an early frost. So many things can go wrong in business, and obstacles are unavoidable. But as entrepreneurs, we have the ability to choose how we react when these problems arise. We can decide to keep a positive attitude or let the negativity set in.
Being in business is an emotional roller coaster ride. One minute you’re on top of the world feeling all sorts of successful and the next you hit the drop and are at an all-time low, wondering to yourself why on earth did you ever start this. That’s when you find out what you’re really made of and how resilient you are. You just need to keep fighting through and have faith that it will go back up again because it will!
So what happens when we do hit the unavoidable lows? Keeping a positive attitude will help bounce you back much faster. We like to say in Mary Kay that a pity party is the most expensive party you can ever throw yourself. So don’t waste time and money feeling sorry for yourself that things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, but learn to move on and get over it quickly. If there is a lesson to be learned, take it and move on so you don’t have to repeat it again.
Being able to adapt and be flexible will also make the journey much more enjoyable. Things don’t always go as planned, and when they don’t, being able to adapt to the new situation and thinking creatively can sometimes make it turn out even better!
Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Do whatever it takes to figure it out. Get the support or training that you need. Your business depends on it. Surround yourself with people that will help lift you up and encourage you through these times. Also having a mentor is a huge asset. Find someone who has been where you are and knows exactly how you’re feeling. They can give you advice on how to deal with it. It will speed up the process significantly compared to trying to figure it out on your own. And last but not least, believe in yourself. You can do it!