Go It Alone
Are you someone who almost can’t do a thing with your business without running to another marketer to clear it first? This isn’t elementary school – you’re a grown entrepreneur, and you have to take full responsibility for your trials and errors – but you also get to claim your successes.
You have to eventually know that there’s no one out there who will support you like you. When you became a solo entrepreneur, you chose the life of taking responsibility for your own success or failure.
While it’s okay to ask for help when you need it (especially when it comes to technological issues), you also have to seek help and knowledge on your own so you’ll learn how to discover solutions when no one’s available.
You don’t want to be known as one of those newbies who emails everyone about basic issues that are already discussed online for free. This happens routinely, and it’s not fair to the marketer whose time you’re wasting, when a simple Google search for a “how to” video would show you clearly what steps are involved for your trouble shooting issue.
Learning about and solving problems is the best way to create knowledge that will stay with you forever. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a supportive mentor or a go-to person that you seek advice from, but all of the advice and coddling in the world isn’t going to help you unless you help yourself.
Are you the personality type that quits and runs at the first sign of trouble? Or, perhaps you give up when you’ve gone through everyone on your go-to list for help. Panic sets in and you think you’re never going to figure out a problem or make it to the next level in your business.
This is the time when you need to stop. Walk away from the problem for awhile and do something else. Many times our brains become overloaded with information and statistics and need to be rebooted to catch the signal again.
Rather than criticizing and letting negative self-talk convince you that you’re dumb or inept because you can’t solve a problem, try boosting your self-esteem. There are several good ways to do that, including reading about people you admire.
It can be someone in history or someone in your family or group of friends. What do they do when they have a problem to solve? Chances are, they took action – by gathering knowledge they needed to find a solution or starting all over.
Validate yourself. Think of all of the positive things you’ve done in the past to garner admiration from others. You’ll likely find that many people admire you and look to you for their own support.
Ask yourself what you need. What do you need at this moment to help you find a solution to your problem? It may be that your body needs energy or your brain needs a rest. Give yourself what you need to complete goals and realize ultimate success.
Most of all – realize that you’re not perfect. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll seek help from others. Just don’t forget that the buck stops with you and only you can fulfill the dreams and goals you envision for your future.