Feeling dejected, your lifestyle business not working out as you had planned?
Analyse your real situation
The analysis is something anyone in business should know about. Not only because you get to understand your problems and frustrations and what is going on.
But because it will be a game changer in all aspects of your business, or not-for-profit organisation, in fact, every aspect of your life.
People don’t know what they don’t know. You rarely change things by defending and fighting the existing way you do things. Sometimes you know what you need to do, but don’t know how to do it, so the status quo and the struggles continue.
Arguably the biggest frustrations come when the graphs start turning down and you can’t cope with what needs to be done to correct it.
Frustrations come about when you have feelings of disappointing. Frustrations are often associated with expressions of disbelief and anger in an unhelpful manner.
In real life, things are what they are, without interference from you. Frustrations are associated with expectations and disappointments with certain outcomes. Often expecting people to react in a certain way will cause intense frustration.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do”. Steve Jobs
Some of the biggest causes of frustrations
- Your future direction for your lifestyle business is out of focus.
- Feeling financial insecurity in your chosen lifestyle business.
- Poor relationships at home or at work.
- Not able to work to your strengths and what you like doing.
- Too long doing the same old thing, leading to boredom.
- Not understanding modern marketing practices.
- Setting the wrong objectives, strategies, and actions.
- Managing constant change is part of a lifestyle business too.
- Bored with your lifestyle business.
- Poor health and well-being restricting your progress.
- Low understanding of modern technology and how to utilise it.
Act on your frustrations, not worry about them
Unfortunately, when people have a serious frustration, they tend not to want to work on it anymore. They let procrastination and worry set in. If you can keep taking small steps forwards, you will probably make progress, without them the struggle will continue.
Keep in mind the fact that you too, are not always perfect and you can make situations worse. Learning about human psychology can go a long way to understanding why people do what they do.
Make a list of your top 5 frustrations, as quickly as possible, so you can work on them and start to enjoy your business again. Learn what triggers these frustrations along with what and who causes them.
When you recognise the type of situation that causes your frustrations, you become better placed to either handling the situations or avoiding them all together.
Once you have learned the triggers you are also able to seek professional help with coping mechanisms you might be able to use. The more you learn, the more you understand and your frustrations become a lesser issue.
How do you deal with your frustrations?
Analyse what makes you frustrated? What is likely to happen and how are people likely to behave. What you may need to change is your outlook, objectivity, and perspective. Having a daily dose of health, wealth, and wisdom on living a better life, can help to build your blueprint for a successful business and life.
Even if the problem seems obvious, discussing it may help you discover hidden solutions. A supportive advisor can be of great help in talking the issues through.
When you’re trying to solve a problem, don’t surround yourself with unnecessary clutter, noise, and activities simply because you thought they might help you with the solution. Here are some possible actions that can help:
- Make a decision about what you really want and action the steps to accomplish it.
- Build a new business model that makes the old problems and frustrations obsolete.
- Update your Business Plan, including your budget.
- Understand your passion, your strengths along with your ‘why’.
- Ensure you have sound workable objectives, strategies and actions.
- Build solid working relationships with family, customers and colleagues.
- You can’t stop change, so learn how to cope and manage it more effectively.
- Dedicate yourself to understanding the fundamentals of financial matters.
- Seek advice from people with practical experience, people who know the how too.
- Visit your doctor, eat well, exercise regularly and get good rest.
Start by adjusting your expectations of outcomes and of other people. Frustration generally occurs when people fail to meet an expectation.
The expectation may be reasonable, but often it is not. The best way to handle the fact that humans are imperfect beings is to keep expectations closely related to what is possible.
Manage your expectations
Have expectations that things will start to go more easily for you. Nothing can or will go wrong as you become more likely to achieve your desired outcomes.
If the going is still tough, start spending more time with supportive people. Look for family and friends you can talk to about your frustrations. People who will have the time to listen and won’t judge you.
If this doesn’t help, or you feel comfortable dealing with family and friends, find a reliable advisor who can provide practical experience in helping you. Just make sure that they have a good understanding of your situation.
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Visualise a positive outcome for each of your main frustrations. Don’t be hung up with fear and worry and leave no room for failure.
See yourself achieving your desired outcomes, one step at a time. When you start moving forwards again, you will most likely find that what was one of your main frustrations or worries was really unnecessary and trivial and you worried for no reason.
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