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Speaking from experience, deciding to be an entrepreneur will change your life and is one of the best things you’ll ever do. It involves turning your back on the status quo, walking away from social conventions, and not settling for less than you deserve. Becoming an entrepreneur often means you are following your passion.

Staying strong and moving forward won’t always be easy. There will be hard days, weeks, even months. It’s important to stay focused on your why and what got you into this entrepreneur game in the first place. Your hard work will pay off.

This choice is one that requires commitment, consistency, and the willingness to face fears head-on. Put in the time and you will reap the rewards. Your life will be full of happiness and success because of your hard work.

Here are a few tips to help you find the courage to keep moving forward, experience incredible fulfillment, and be unapologetically you when things get difficult.

1. Think about the people in your life.

Most likely you became an entrepreneur in part so you’d have more time and money to spend with and on the people in your life. But someone forgot to tell you it can be a struggle, and in the beginning, there will be many days you consider throwing in the towel and going back to working for someone else. Don’t do it. 

Every day you will be working hard in your business and as an entrepreneur that will not change. As you are racing forward, it’s even more important to go deeper with the people already in your life. Express your gratitude for them and continue to connect with them. On the days you struggle, these people will be your source of encouragement and will be your ever faithful cheerleaders.

2. Think about your why.

Why are you doing what you are doing? It’s definitely not for the money, especially in the beginning. More than likely it’s for freedom, an exciting life, and the challenge. Being an entrepreneur is a calling, and on the difficult challenging days you have to remember that you have a vision to fulfill. 

Work-life balance can’t be your why, because as an entrepreneur your life is work, and it’s going to be hard. Many days will be filled with long, hard hours. You are working to build a life where every day, regardless of whether you are working or not, is something you never want to escape or change. Work toward creating a harmony of life, not work-life balance.

Ten years ago I knew I wanted to be fearless, inspiring, and confident. Getting clear on who I wanted to be allowed me to design a life that brings out that aspirational version of myself. With a crystal clear vision, I am able to continually evolve into a better version of myself. My goals may change and my vision may look different, but ultimately, I still want to be fearless, inspiring, and confident.

3. Come back to what you can control.

You will always be in control of your own attitude. Sure, circumstances may affect it, but ultimately you choose how you react to those circumstances. 

It’s important to always stay grounded, and remembering to practice self-care is vital to preventing burn-out and staying focused. In the early stages of building your business, it is likely that you are also working a full-time job. You are showing up for your day job and working hard in your business. You need to cultivate the grit and energy to keep working and not get burned out.

Take time to recharge, recommit, and refocus. Make sure you are celebrating your wins. Don’t overlook your successes, and then set a new goal and go after it.

Practicing gratitude daily is another method I use to remain humble and focused on why. Creating a daily ritual of practicing gratitude is just as important as daily self-care.

By keeping yourself focused, strong, and grateful, you will be able to double down when the going gets tough.

Published on: Feb 13, 2020

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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