Write down your WHY
What does that mean? Well, it’s simple. Remember WHY you’re doing what you’re doing. WHY did you start your business? List all the reasons. Trust me, as glorious as having your own business sounds, there will come a time when you question why you started it in the first place! Sometimes you’ll feel like you want to quit.
I remember being at Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership event and he ended with something like this: “NEVER EVER EVER QUIT.” I was pretty moved by what he said, but looking back, I realized why he said it: starting your own business is hard work!
Before I started my business I did a number of interviews with business owners to pick their brains. When I asked about how they handled challenges, one responded with this: There will be challenges. You need emotional stability. One day can make you feel like you want to quit. How do you overcome those challenges? Having a vision and having a clearly defined WHY; knowing where you're going. Your vision is your GPS. Write down your vision and read it. Have a support system.
I know you may have it in your head, but there is something super official about writing it down. In fact, this is what helped me when I felt like quitting.
Personal Reflections: These past three months have been difficult. I never imagined I would have thoughts of giving up on a business that I’ve desired to have for a decade only 6 months in! I always thought I would not be one of those people who start their business and don’t even make it to one year! However, I hit a couple of hard rocks and I realized that having your own business can be extremely stressful. For a couple of months I wrestled with whether or not I wanted to continue my business. However, after thinking about how many prayers have been answered, how much work has gone into this business, and the rewards that it could bring, I decided to give it another shot. So, here I am again, and here’s my WHY.
Having my own design business allows me to:
1. Be self-employed
2. Work from anywhere as long as I have the internet
3. Be flexible with my schedule so that I can serve others when needed
4. Support missionary work locally and abroad
5. Employ others (hopefully one day)
Now, you try it! What’s your WHY?