I started this blog with the intention of sharing my knowledge and inspire you to keep going with your online business or any dream you wish to pursue, and as a result to hopefully move you one step or a few steps closer to your goals.
It’s my hub where I provide you with words of encouragement and emotional support — a place where you can go to if you want to learn from someone who was in your shoes and showing you that if I (a guy who used to work at a grocery store) can do it, you can too.
I created this blog to not just share about Internet marketing strategies, but to also inform you of what sort of things to expect when you start pursuing your entrepreneurial dream.
With that said, I’d like to dig into emotional support, self-doubt, your work environment and dealing with negativity.
Your Work Environment
Working from home and on your own business can get lonely.
If you’re currently in the workforce, it’ll feel like a massive transition from being surrounded by work colleagues to the sound of silence.
People ask me “How do you stay motivated working from home?”
Personally, I have no problems working from home. I guess being an introvert that I am makes working from home a benefit.
To motivate yourself, you need to ask yourself the big “Why?“. What makes you get up every morning? What is your higher purpose?
The reality is, there’s only so many self-help and motivation books and articles you can read but unless you have a big reason why you’re doing it and then getting the right emotional support, you will end up staring at the wall and procrastinate without any motivation to put things into motion.
A few tips to creating a good work environment:
- Working from home has its benefits like working in your pajamas, but treat your business just like any other business.
- Create a schedule for yourself to follow so you don’t end up wondering what to do. I usually write a list of goals I want to accomplish for the week on Sunday night so that it’s prepared and I just simply follow it.
- Cut distractions. When it’s crunch time, it’s crunch time. Do whatever it takes so that you can work without any interruptions. People also need to respect your time during your work hours.
Emotional Support And The Feeling of Doubt
I want to take a step back and explain more on emotional support.
I may seem like a person who’s “got it all figured out”, but deep inside I do have times when I feel down, de-motivated and doubts start to run through my head. I begin to think negative thoughts like:
“This isn’t working.”
“I feel like I’m working so hard and not seeing any results.”
“I wish there was an easier way.”
You reach a plateau and just stop believing in yourself.
At times like this, I have people around who are there to support me and get me back on my feet. It helps to be surrounded by people who believe in you and what you’re doing.
It never used to be like that. I always thought that I could do it all on my own, but I was wrong.
My fiance is my biggest supporter. We sit down to think about what we’re grateful for at the present moment, asses the situation, reflect back on why I’m doing what I’m doing, and then work out a plan.
A mastermind group or support group will also help you through your journey. You’re not only being surrounded by people who understand and can relate to your problems, they are also there to keep you accountable. If you aren’t part of a mastermind group either join one or start your own. If you’re having trouble, places like Meetup.com offer groups you can join or start based around your interests.
I have a group on Skype where we regularly talk about online business and just be there to help each other. It’s great fun too.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
You can be in a positive state instantly just by thinking and talking about positive things and surrounding yourself with positive people.
On the contrary, if you’re surrounded by negative people then you know how unpleasant it can be.
Negative people are often very self-centered, pessimistic and controlling. They will see the worst in everything and have a thousand reasons why things won’t work out.
One thing that’s important if you’re trying to make it as an entrepreneur is to not let negative people affect and put you down. You will get people who won’t believe in what you’re doing, and that’s fine. Learn to avoid the negativity. Being defensive about it will only convince them more of their thoughts and give them a morale boost. If things don’t go their way, they will blame you, the society and other people around them.
Your life is shaped by what you think. If you think negative thoughts, you’ll get negative results. As simple as that.
Rather than spending your time with negative people, spend it with positive people. Actively build relationships with positive people. When you spend more time with optimistic people, you’ll build good vibes and they’ll reassure you of your beliefs.
Remember that your life is yours to lead and it’s your choice to decide where you want it to go.
What Are Your Thoughts?
Have you encountered negative people who are against what you’re doing?
Who do you find are your biggest supporters?
Share your thoughts in the comments box below…