Already? I just started and I am so fed up!
Already? I just started and I am so fed up! The good news is that it will pass, bad news is, it will happen again. Becoming frustrated is a part of entrepreneurship or rather life. We all come to this place where we become annoyed with obstacles, delays and anything that opposes what we are trying to accomplish. We would have tried other avenues and come up with a seemingly good idea to help the first idea along, only to come to a dead end. Are you kidding me? Everything was going along so well; all I needed was… and I would be… We can fill in the blanks.
I am no stranger to being frustrated. I remember when I had reached a point in the business where I felt as if I was literally going around in circles. (you know the feeling) I needed the money to produce more products but to produce more products I needed to sell more products so I could have the money to buy materials. However, to buy more materials, I had to sell more products and to sell more products I needed the money to make more and on and on and on. You get the idea, talk about frustration! It was like I kept banging into a brick wall. Doesn’t this sound familiar? Especially after a day/month/year that just did not pan out how you expected?
So what do I do? Well from my experience, first take a deep breath and step back from what you are trying so hard “to make happen.” Focusing constantly on the problem clogs your brain (and it doesn’t help matters much anyway) stepping back can be a few hours or a day, clear your head. Then, always go back to your initial plan, what was your business supposed to be? What is its purpose? Most of the time our frustration happens when what we expect to happen clashes with what is actually happening. So instead of trying to solve the whole problem and move on, break it down and zone in on the areas that you can deal with at this time, it makes no sense becoming frustrated about what you know is beyond you right now. Look at what you can, use what resources (as little as they might seem) and work with that. You might be surprised to see how much that perceived little can do! Frustrations don’t ever last, but the way we respond to them determine how long they do.
How are you responding to your frustrating experience? Are you ready to quit and throw in the towel? Complaining, murmuring, sorry you gave your job up? There is a song by Vashawn Mitchell that encourages me a lot especially during frustrating times. It’s called Turning Around for Me, the chorus says:
It won’t always be like this,
The Lord will perfect that concerning me
Sooner or later, turn in my favour,
Sooner or later, turn in my favour
It’s turning around for me
It’s turning around for me
Be encourage! Your present circumstance is not a permanent situation