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I Quit! How to Make Your Way Back From a Meltdown
I quit. I quit, I quit, I quit. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve thrown my hands up in the air and screamed those words, and today was no exception. I’m tired, I’m emotional and because we’ve just come through the Christmas/New Year period, cashflow in our latest startup, is more like cashsLOW.
A lot of the time, Entrepreneurialism is portrayed as a glamorous lifestyle. The ability to be a digital nomad, living by your own rules, your office a secluded crystal clear beach (with really good internet coverage). And yeah, there are times when it has looked that way for us.
But the truth is being in business is hard. Being in business with a young family is harder. There are no wages to fall back on. No sick pay or holiday pay. You are solely responsible for generating the income to keep a roof over everyone’s head.
There’s the stress of juggling bills and trying to keep everyone happy. And don’t forget about the guilt. Did I spend enough time with my kids this week, did I spend enough time on my business … I’m doing my best but am I really just effing everything up?
Whatever You Do, Do Not Quit!
It might feel like it but now is not the time to quit! Have you ever heard someone say a breakdown comes before a breakthrough? They say that because it’s true. If you allow it, breakdowns can provide clarity. You get a warts and all look at your situation and an opportunity to assess how you got there.
Seek Out Support
As I felt myself spiralling today I went straight for my support system. Two incredible women in business, like me, who understand the pressures and stresses of what we do. In return I got love, nurturing and a reminder that I knew how to fix this! Not long ago I wrote an article called Go From Panicked to Productive in 4 Simple Steps, and if there was ever a time I needed to take my own advice, it was now.
Know Your Why – Love What You Do
Once I’d calmed down I sat back and thought about my why. I do what I do, because I love it. I love business, I love helping people and I’m really good at what I do. Try as I might, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else in the world.
You Are Not Alone
Every business rides the highs and the lows. This isn’t my first low and it won’t be my last. Pick up any business biography and you’ll find tales of adversity and hitting rock bottom. And I’m willing to bet in almost all of them there’s a story about wanting to quit. You’ll also notice that these tales usually come right before the breakthrough, the success. So hang in there!
Cut Yourself a Break
Take some time off from the pressure and the guilt. I did that, sat back and thought about all the things we’ve achieved last year in this business. All the growth I’ve had as a person and a business owner. As down as I felt, I couldn’t help but be proud and a little bit impressed.
Tonight I’m still exhausted but it’s a different kind. The weary kind of someone who’s fought a battle and won. With every hour that passes and every task ticked off my to-do list, my strength is returning and I’m back from my meltdown ready to do it all again tomorrow.
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