Entrepreneurship

It's Not You

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When you’re faced with a problem, it can make you feel bad about yourself — if, for some reason — you can’t figure it out. You might then think of yourself as stupid, incompetent, maybe worthless.

But, a problem needs to be identified for exactly what it is — a problem. And, the process of trying to solve a problem can be difficult.

And, sometimes, a problem has the power to stop you in your tracks. You know…avoid, distract, or divert.

That can leave you feeling really bad about yourself. Like there’s something wrong with you.

So, what can you do about it? Cut yourself some slack. Simply see it for what it is.

The problem is the problem. It's not you.

If you need anything, just email me. I’m always here to help.

Pump Up the Energy

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We’re often told that if you have a specific purpose that you care deeply about, it will give you tremendous energy and tremendous resources. This is true. But, it’s not true for everyone. And, it’s rarely true for me.

An example of when a purpose provides energy and resources is when you see someone in the news talking about ending childhood diseases. Perhaps their own child had suffered, and they’ve made it their life’s purpose to change the death rate for sick children.

An example (in my life) of when a purpose I care deeply about does not provide energy and resources is when I’m working on creating stuff. It could be the contents of an article, correcting a web page, or designing a new program for solopreneurs.

So, if you’re someone (like me) who runs out of energy and resources doing work that you’re passionate about, I found a hack to get over the feeling and move forward. The idea is to acknowledge what you’re feeling, feel it, then go back doing what you need to be doing to move forward.

(This hack works for most things, actually. For example, you need to exercise? Go ahead and feel lazy, then go walk. Don’t want to do laundry? Go ahead and feel unhappy about it, then go start a load of wash.)

If you need anything, just email me. I’m always here to help.