If you work for yourself, you're probably very much familiar with what I like to call an everlasting rollercoaster of highs and lows. Something that's much easier pushed aside and not talked about. It's easy to talk about how awesome it is to work for yourself and pour out heart into things we are passionate about. But here's the thing, E-V-E-R-Y entrepreneur out there has good and bad days. We are all riding the same insane rollercoaster of entrepreneurship. And sometimes you'll find yourself in one of those low times.
And the truth is, it's hard to admit on bad days and forgotten on the good days, and if you're like many small businesses out there, you work for yourself with no co-workers to confide in, so we push it aside. We ignore it. No one mentions it because no one wants to feel like they are the only ones on this crazy ride.
You roll with the highs and the lows. On the good days you're waiting for the ball to drop, and on the bad days, you're just keeping your head down hustling hard enough for another good day.
Pair this with the simple fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners don't ever truly get to "take off from work," and it's easy to see why this can become exhausting. Even for those of us who are lucky enough and have hard enough to work for ourselves, doing something we love.
If you find yourself in this low place of entrepreneurship, feeling uninspired to create, in a slump, aren't booking enough clients, not pulling in enough sales, not crushing goals, or simply feel like your spinning your wheels in a mud pit...remember that this will pass! It might not feel like it at the moment, but it will, just like the other times it's happened before (seriously, ask yourself if this is the first time this has happened. You might realize, this is not the first time you find yourself here feeling down in the dumps). These times, they come, and they go. Always remember that.
Instead of sitting there quietly down about things not going your way, push yourself to go create. Create without a reason. I know for myself, allowing myself to get lost in creating something new, makes time go by faster and it fills my days with something positive. If things don't go my way, I might as well spend my time doing something I enjoy. At least then I get to look back on my overall day and feel good about it.
And lastly, remember where you started. Compare it to what you consider your "current low." If you're like me, and so many other entrepreneurs out there, you might have some serious humble beginnings when you first started this journey of following your dreams. Keep in mind that the low you have today was at one point an incredible victory. It's easy to forget how far we've come when really we should take the time to put things into perspective.
Enjoy the ride, embrace the highs and the lows and always know there are hundreds of creatives going through the same thing!