Running a business is full of ups and downs. The high’s are fantastic and the feeling of jubilation when we move closer to our goals provides us with a clear sense of accomplishment. For our mind it’s a great place to be as we are motivated and energised by this sense of achievement, this creates the impetus and motivation to keep pushing forward. However the journey towards our vision very rarely proceeds along a smooth path. Invariably, obstacles will be thrown in our way, these force us to create diversions and look for alternative ways of getting to our destination.
Constantly being forced to deal with the need to explore alternative roads to our desired end point can have a wearing effect on our mindset, it can bring us to all time lows in motivation – many individuals will ask themselves what’s the point in doing this? is it really worth it? Many who run businesses internally deliberated these issues. Only you can answer these questions, only you can decide whether to keep going or not. At these critical points, it can be easier to give up than to carry on – entrepreneurial winners dig deep, maintain focus and continue with their mission, they accept that setbacks are just part of the growth journey. The old adage when the going gets tough the tough get going is one you should reflect on when you experience these feelings. Two vital questions you need to ask yourself if you reach this stage:
- How much do I want it?
- Can I cope with more setbacks?
Having mental toughness differentiates winners from losers, your sense of purpose ebbs away when you listen to negative self talk, phrases such as why am I doing this? are symptomatic of the condition, in turn it weakens the endurance of the mind thereby resulting in I give up. Successful people have an insatiable desire and internalised motivation to succeed – you have really got to want it!
Building mental toughness is one of the most important ingredients for success, it is vital to condition your mind to becoming resilient. Without resilience the reality is, winning becomes more difficult. When things are not going your way, embrace the principles of R.A.F
Rewind – and go back to your vision, picture success and hold this image in your mind. Quiet contemplation is vital to aiding this process. This activity will move you out of the negative state and refresh your mind then get you back “on purpose”
Accept – that things will not always go your way. Avoid long drawn out dissections of why things turned out the way they did. Coming runner-up is sometimes a wake up call for us. Accept the position and move on otherwise negative self talk hinder progression.
Have Faith in yourself and your ability to achieve what you want out of life. When you develop faith, bouncing back when things go wrong is far easier. By having faith you convince your mind that anything is possible
Practice this philosophy and see your business success improve dramatically. Resilience is vital but you need to condition your mindset to becoming mentally tough – practice makes perfect.