Finding Encouragement When Discouraged About Your Business

If you are facing discouragement while trying to grow your business, here are some encouraging perspectives to keep moving forward.

discouraged pushing a rock“Building and growing a business may be
the hardest thing you will ever do”

Growing a business is hard enough.  Growing one in our current economic climate only compounds the difficulty.

Can I get an amen on that?

I was talking to a business owner this week who was discouraged about the state of her business.  She felt like she had been working really hard over the last two years, rolling the proverbial rock up the hill, trying to get momentum.

After having a couple of prospective clients postpone their project (once again), she felt like she was back at square one.

What can you do at times like that?

Intentionally Getting Through The Tough Times

I have found that most, if not all of the battle, is found in my mind.   If I can deal effectively with all the negative chatter going on in there (doubts, fears, uncertainties, frustrations, disappointments), I find that I am better able to move forward.

Here are 3 helpful quotes I have used many times to keep my perspective straight.

Perspective Fixer #1

“I have been through a lot of terrible things in my life…
a few of them that actually happened.”   – Mark Twain

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discouraged cloudsI don’t know about you, but my mind has an amazing ability to visualize every sort of negative outcome.

It is almost like a negative gravitational pull that, without any effort on my part, has me doubting everything.

I like the Mark Twain quote because it captures reality—only a fraction of the bad stuff ever happens.  I just need to remind myself daily that a pessimistic, fearful outlook is almost never reality.

Imaging the worst for your business?  Try injecting some more hopeful scenarios… and stewing on them instead.

Perspective Fixer #2

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”  –Robert H. Schuller

I like to remind myself of this truth because it is easy to believe that what IS will ALWAYS BE.  Not so.

Tough situations (I mean the really tough ones), do pass.

  • The “end of the world” stuff in high school (now looking back, I can’t help but laugh).
  • The “pulling your hair out” stuff with your kids.
  • The extreme difficulties you run into as you try to grow your business.

All these give way to less difficult (and even good) times.

Robert Schuller reminds us that we can make it through the tough times if we make up our mind we will make it through.  Sometimes, you need to remind yourself that “I can do this!… I can make it through this!”

You can… and you will… if you don’t succumb to discouragement.

You cannot keep a committed person from success.  Place stumbling blocks in his way, and he takes them for stepping-stones, and on them he will climb to greatness.  Take away his money, and he makes spurs of his poverty to urge him on.  The person who succeeds has a program; he fixes his course and adheres to it; he lays his plans and executes them; he goes straight to his goal.  He is not pushed this way and that every time a difficulty is thrust in his way.  If he can’t go [through it, he will find a way to go over it, under it, or around it]  –Joe Griffith (with the last sentence modified by me]discouraged colorado river resized 600

I tell myself every day that I am the Colorado river.  I may hit one rock wall, then another, but by golly I will find a way to keep moving forward.  I’ll make it to my final destination.  I can’t stop.  I won’t stop.

Perspective Fixer #3

The final quote helps put some things into ultimate perspective.

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation).  There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence [term used by some old time writers, synonymous with God] moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that could never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, rising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”   — W. H. Murray

As a firm believer in God, I remind you that we are not on this journey alone.  I can move forward in confidence because God is at work in my situation.  More importantly, God is at work in me.

Facing the challenges of growing a business requires mental toughness AND prayer.  Both are indispensible.  RETWEET THIS!

What Do YOU think?

How about you?  What quotes help reset your perspective when going through a tough stretch in your business?

**Photo Credits:  Storm Clouds by MrPBPS; Colorado River by Peter McBride

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