Working From Home #5: How To Survive
Stella on Jan 30, 2018 · 5 min read
Surviving and succeeding in the business world requires your full attention and continued effort. After you set everything up and you are ready for work, there are no magic formulas to get you where you want to be. You will have to discover what works for you and use it to accomplish your goals.
1. Visualize your future life
Wake up every morning and spend a few minutes asking yourself some important questions. What do you want from your business? Where do you want to be in a year or two? What are your life goals? What have you done the previous day to get closer to those goals? The more you want to achieve, the more effort you have to put into your business. You should expect great things and believe in yourself from the beginning because no one else will.
2. Give your business all your positive energy, don't wait from others
Don't expect any permission on chasing your goals. If you ask a hundred people about your ideas, you will receive a hundred different opinions about them. Feel free to talk with your loved ones about your goals if you need to but don't expect them to provide the motivation you need. It is better to start listening, reading, and doing actual work.
3. Don't panic of making mistakes but learn from them
Every new beginning is hard and involves right decisions but also risks and mistakes. When you start you own business, don't expect everything to be perfect and take the right decisions all the time. Don't be afraid of being wrong but be sure that every failure makes you wiser.
Remember that unacceptable mistake is the one you make twice. You should be familiar with the idea that starting your own business has so many risks and possible failures that you can't even imagine at the beginning but answer yourself that: What is easy in life?
4. Passion for your work is one of the keys to succeed
When we were younger, everyone used to ask us what we want to be when we grow up. We don't always answer this question successfully but as soon as we discover our passion, we get one step closer to our own success.
When you love your work, you are happier and more productive. You are blessed. Make sure to use this passion as your asset for your business. Take advantage of it and let it guide you into creating solutions that are helpful to other people and your business will eventually thrive.
5. Be prepared, success and failure are sisters
Success and failure are walking side by side in the business world. You have to be careful in every step. Don't take quick decisions but think first and act later. A decision may lead you to a big opportunity, but it may be a trap as well.
Always remember that luck is temporary. Work is what matters and keeps you and your business safe and growing. The harder and smarter you work, the more you can accomplish. Be patient and committed, success won't happen over a night.
6. Your reaction to a problem is what matters
Get ready to encounter various smaller or bigger problems which will require a solution from you. Remember that what really matters isn't the problem itself but how you react to it. Problems and bad decisions are a constant reality in business. The way you are going to handle the problems separates an owner from a leader.
Be patient, don't overreact and try to come up with a viable solution which can have a positive impact. Think first and then find the best way to handle the situation with style. Teach yourself to be responsible and learn from your mistakes, it's the only way to move on.
7. It might take a while before achieving your goals
When you start visualizing your business in its ideal state, it is normal to be impatient, anxious, and excited. It's not a bad thing and it can motivate you to work hard to achieve your goals at the beginning. After a while though, you might get tired not seeing your business reaching the desirable state, but this is normal.
You will have to be realistic and calm down because you can't achieve everything at once. Give yourself and your business some room to grow and settle. Achieving small tasks at a time and moving on with baby steps can motivate you to keep working more effectively. Try to win small battles each day and you will be able to win the war one day. Till then, try to enjoy those wins and remember it's the journey which really matters. Once you reach your final destination, it will be over.
8. The truth
Working from home, building your own business is not an easy task, it's the exact opposite, a difficult one. You are responsible for everything and that is a lot to handle but this is how it all starts.
You might want to travel the world, spend more time with family, be independent, build the next great company or solve a serious problem you are experiencing. Whatever your goals are, if working from home can get you where you want, then follow your dreams and passions, work hard but smart, provide value to people and be creative with incoming problems.
More importantly, make a commitment to yourself that you will not give up. This is the magic ingredient which can lead you to your own success.
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