I think I’ll just put an ‘out of order’ sticker on my forehead and call it a day.
We have all had a day like this. Lately, I have had multiple days where I just wanted to pull the blanket up over my head and say ‘maybe tomorrow’.
Anxiety, overwhelm, burnout, writer’s block, information overload… It doesn’t matter what you call it, it is still unproductive.
Here are my top 5 tips on changing your mindset.
Tip #1 – Do Not Try to Reinvent the Wheel
Many people have already gone where you want to go. They have already gone through the trial and error two-step. They have spent days, months, or even years perfecting the proverbial wheel. Just so you could benefit.
If you are having that much trouble in going forward with ‘fill in the blank’ and there is an e-book, course, or YouTube video out there in cyberland then snatch it up and dig in. It will save you so much time and energy which will enhance your positivity.
Tip #2 – Master One Skill at a Time
What do you know? What do you need to know? What do you want to know? Be specific but limit yourself. There are so many social media platforms you cannot expect to be proficient in all of them. Choose what will benefit you and your business then be the best you can be with your decision. Stretching yourself too thin will do absolutely nothing for proficiency.
Whether it is marketing or lead generation or scheduling, there are multiple options and you are going to have to figure it out and learn a new skill set. Trying to learn too many new things at once can be hazardous to your health. Been there… done that!
Tip #3 – Do Not Be Over Ambitious
Don’t promise the world if you cannot deliver. Especially if you are just starting out. Do not say you can do something just to get a job and then turn to anybody and everybody to help you figure it out.
At the very least, let your potential client know that you are unsure but would appreciate the chance to learn. Of course, set a predetermined amount of time to deliver so as not to embarrass yourself and possibly lose a client.
And remember not to overwork. You need to take a break, take a walk, read for fun. All work and no play… blah, blah, blah. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a minute.
Tip #4 – Identify What Is Holding You Back
What is keeping you from being all that you want to be? Could it be the fear of the unknown? Well, get over it! Everyone has to start somewhere. Why not here and why not now?
There is a solution to every problem, you just need to identify it before you can go on. Ask anyone and they will probably tell you the same thing. Choose someone who you look up to in your industry and ask for assistance. They may be honored to be your mentor.
Tip #5 – Get Yourself In the Groove
Get and stay focused. Write out a business plan. Set up your to-do list and then incorporate that into your calendar.
You know you want to. You know you need to. Quit thinking about coulda, shoulda, woulda and just DO IT!
This is a Job, Not a Hobby
I know, you heard a lot of clichés in this post but most seemed quite appropriate for this rant. You really need to change your mindset to reflect your new career.
I wrote my goals down and filled up my calendar with appropriate tasks… some more learning and a lot more doing. I am going to track my goals and work on scheduling what needs to be done to complete them. No one, including myself, is going to stop me from going forward.
I am only going to take a class on what I need to know most and understand it completely before taking on the next obstacle.
I am going to take my own advice from this point going forward because I only have 3 choices…
1. Suck it up and go forward.
2. Pay someone else to do it for me.
3. Grab a glass of wine and forget about it.
I think I’d like to go with option #1. What about you?
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