How To Feel Good About Your Business

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I am a new business owner. I say this because I completely re-branded by business, I even changed the name. So I’m technically starting from over, and that got me thinking about where all businesses start.

Zero.

That’s right each and every person who has ever started a new business has started at zero. Zero clients. Zero sales. Zero social media followers. Zero blog posts.

I could easily feel bad about all those zeros but I don’t. If anything, I look at my zeros as possibilities. My zeros represent areas I can grow in my business. My zeros are my motivators and I am proud of them. I am proud because they represent the fact that I started.

So how do you not fall into the trap of feeling like a zero when your business is full of zeros?

How to feel good about your business when you're just starting out

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

This is probably the hardest thing in the world for any business owner to do, but it’s probably the most important thing you can do to grow your business.

Comparison, if done wrong, can lead to a serious loss of motivation. And let’s face it most business owners compare themselves to other, more successful, businesses in the wrong way. Comparing your startup to a business that has been around for a decade doesn’t do your business justice. It completely overlooks the accomplishments you have made and only focuses on the accomplishments you haven’t reached yet.

Why would you want to put yourself in a position to feel bad about your business when you have already done more than a lot of others out there? You did take a leap of faith and actually started a business and most people out there only dream about actually doing it. You did it! Be proud!

Instead of comparing yourself to someone else and their business try reaching out. Learn from their success. Ask them what it was like for them when they first started out. You might be surprised to learn that they were in a very similar situation that you find yourself in now.

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Starting a business is scary stuff. It’s easy to let your fear of failure hold you back from achieving your goals. It creeps in when you least expect it to and it can sabotage you and your business.

I have plenty of fears surrounding starting a business. What if I fail? What if no one ever reads this blog post? What if I never get new clients? The list of things I fear is long but I push my fears aside because I know if I let those fears run the show those fears will come true. I have to believe that I have enough drive and talent to make this small business into what I dream it will be in 10 years.

Keep On Learning

Have you ever felt like a fraud? I have, and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Writing my very first blog post I struggled with this feeling. What if everyone read that post and knew I had no idea what I was doing? Ugh, the struggle was real. But I pushed through those feelings because while I may not have known everything when I first started the post, and I still don’t, I learned a great deal of new information and put it to use.

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to running a business I don’t know a whole heck of a lot. But the more I learn the more empowered I feel. The more empowered I feel the less those zeros bother me. They no longer look like things I can’t do but things I haven’t learned how to do yet.

Set Goals

If you spend any amount of time with me in person or on my blog you will see that I am a big believer in the power of setting goals. Goals have a purely magical ability to turn something that seems insurmountable into something you can and will accomplish.

All those zeros you see are goals waiting to be set. There is nothing in your business that you cannot accomplish if you choose to accomplish it. So challenge yourself to turn one zero into a number any other number you choose. Make it a goal and don’t stop until you get where you want to be.

Celebrate The Small Successes

Who doesn’t like a good celebration? (hand raised from my side of the screen).

We celebrate a lot of milestones in our lives. Birthdays, graduation, weddings. But who said celebrations are only for the big events? Believe it or not no one said celebrations are only for major life events. I mean it. It’s there’s no rule against celebrating the small things.

Want to know what I did when I launched my website? Champaign and cake. Why? Because for me that was worth celebrating. For some people that may seem like just a part of doing business and not really a big deal. But for me, it was a huge step in the right direction and I partied like it was 1999.

Now I may not have cake and champaign every time I accomplish something in my business but I do celebrate my success. I encourage you to do the same. Pat yourself on the back every once in a while or better yet have someone else pat you on the back. Don’t be afraid to brag a little from time to time. You’ve definitely earned the right to be proud.

Starting a business from scratch is no easy feat. It’s long hours and lots of hard work. But if you only pay attention to the zeros you’ll never see all the millions of things you’re doing right. Don’t let the zeros be your downfall. Let them be your motivation.

I hope if any of you have been feeling down on yourselves that this post has helped you see that you’re amazing. You have already accomplished so much more than most people ever will and that in itself is worth celebrating.

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12 Comments

  1. Learning is power! I completely agree with you on that. It’s very hard starting out and feeling like you’re the little guy. You just gotta hold on and enjoy the ride 🙂

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    • I love that!! “Enjoy the ride” is the perfect way to put it. It’s a journey we all take to success.

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  2. This was such a good pep talk for me, thanks for sharing! It’s easy to get discouraged when it’s all new.

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    • I’m so happy it helped. I know starting a business is tough and it’s even harder to not get down on ourselves when it seems everyone else is succeeding. It’s a journey we all take and we should enjoy it.

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  3. Life in general has it’s challenges. By starting a business you begin to reflect on yourself more often. I love the suggestions you make to stay focus and not put to much pressure on yourself. Live to the fullest without regrets! Great post.

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    • Thank you Darla. I struggle with not comparing myself to others. When I catch myself I have to stop and remember that I wasn’t there for their journey so I cannot compare my success to theirs.

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  4. Celebrating small successes is so important! Love this. Helps me keep perspective.

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    • Exactly!! It really does put it all in perspective. The road to success should be fun and exciting and often we make the journey harder.

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  5. This is such a great reminder. I often find myself falling into the “compare and despair” mentality, which is just a downward spiral. I love your tip to simply reach out and ask for advice. Thanks for the great advice!

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    • You’re welcome. I see many business owners that for some reason think they are an island by themselves in this. But, we aren’t alone in this. Those people who you compare yourself too can be a great resource. When you find yourself comparing send them an email and ask them a question or two. They are usually more than happy to help.

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  6. I let fear control way too much of my life. I am learning that I cannot look at how far I have to go, but how far I have come. I just started blogging 3 months ago and I knew pretty much ZERO about the “blogging game”. I have focused on continued learning (as you suggested) and I implement where I can. Taking time to keep learning helps me in my confidence, but it also leaves me zero time to compare myself to anyone else. Thank you for this post!

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    • You’re very welcome dear. I am so happy to hear how you are focusing on the positives of how far you have come in the first three months. The beginning is always the hardest part. There’s always a lot of doubt, but you are focusing on your own growth and that the best thing you can do for yourself and your business.

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