When you feel like giving up

When you feel like giving up

Have you ever felt like everyone else is doing so much better than you?

Or feel that you are working so hard and doing everything you’re supposed to but still not seeing the results you want?

Do you sometimes feel so disheartened in your business that you feel like packing it all in and going back to a proper job?

You’re not alone. It’s something that all business owners go through at some point, and women entrepreneurs in particular are pretty good at beating themselves up.

If you find yourself having one of those days, here are some tips for getting through it and out the other end.

Take some time out

Just walk away for as long as you need. Whether it’s a walk round the block or a couple of days completely ‘off’ from the business, take some time to do something else.

This can help give you some perspective back on what’s really happening and help to take some of the emotion out of the situation.

Putting in long hours and feeling tired are sure-fire ways to help you lose your perspective on a situation and for something to appear a bigger issue than it really is.

Take some time out to recharge your batteries – you are a key asset to your business so you have to take care of yourself.

Stay focused on what’s in your control

In other words, don’t get distracted by what others are doing. You may think your competitors are having a great time but this may not be true. It’s also something you can’t control.

Instead, focus on what you can control and what you need to be doing in your business to attract clients and be profitable.

Remember your Why

I do an exercise with my clients to get a really detailed view of their ‘why’ (i.e. why they are in this business) that they can revisit this when times get tough.

Focusing on why you are doing this will help to keep you on track.

Have you done everything you can?

If you were to walk away now, can you say, hand on heart, that you have truly done everything that you can?

If not, then this question will help you to identify what you need to be doing next.

You don’t want to give it all up only to look back later and say ‘if only I’d done this….’

Talk it through

This is where should be making good use of your business coach or mentor. They are there to help guide you through these times and see you safely to the other side.

If you don’t have coach or mentor, pick someone you know who will not judge you and will listen effectively to you, to go talk it through with.

And remember, it’s perfectly normal to feel like this now and then.

I’d love to hear you thoughts on this so please me a comment to let me know what you think.


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Alison Bradford

Alison Bradford is a business coach who works with smart, ambitious business owners to get clarity about how they can grow their business and increase profit. Sign up here to learn 6 easy ways you can boost profit in your business today.
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