3 TIPS TO TAMING THE EMOTIONAL CHAOS THAT IS THE ENTREPRENEURIAL RIDE
CEO/Founder: Angel Quintana Photo: Chanelle Sladics Magazine: Issue#35
Ever wonder when your big break will hit, when clients will pour from an insatiable well, and business becomes a walk in the park? I’ve been there. I think every entrepreneur on this planet has mosey’d down roller coaster lane, wondering when will it finally work out for me? And the worse part, is most people will have no idea why you’ve been pounding the pavement day and night trying to get your business off the ground— that’s because they’re not an entrepreneur.
“Nobody said it would be easy, but it will be worth it.” Right?
You see, being an entrepreneur isn’t just about starting a business or even hosting a webinar trying to sell your stuff; it’s so much deeper than that. It’s like deep sea diving in the middle of the ocean and when you finally come up for air, your ship has sailed. And then what? You’re left feeling like, Oh shit! I’m going to die without anyone knowing the treasure I just found buried deep inside the ocean.
What a crappy feeling. Welcome to the emotional chaos that comes with being an entrepreneur. So what now?
You were born different, have a mission that yanks at your heart daily, and things are not moving along as quickly as you’d like— and the people around you have no idea why you’re so bloody ambitious. They think you’re nuts!
It’s a lonely place to be. So I’d love to share with you my top 3 tips for picking yourself up, even on the days you feel like throwing in the towel:
1) Make You a Priority.
I made a promise to myself today that self-care needs to play a bigger role in my entrepreneurial adventure. Yes, I’m talking about spa days, facials, foot rubs, green juice cleanses, and an extra heaping spoonful of magnesium in your daily practice. You have to stay sane. The easiest way to recharge your batteries is to put YOU first, even if you’ve got 3 small children and a long laundry list of to-do’s. Make a promise to yourself today that without vibrancy, your entrepreneurial adventure will lose it’s luster and then nothing will get accomplished… and then think about all those lives you couldn’t impact. That’s not going to fly!
2) Share Something Positive.
Every time you feel Negative Nelly creeping her devilish head, post something positive on your social media feed to show her the door. Remind yourself how crazy good your “big why” is and talk about it often. Talk about why you’re passionate about what you do and do so by speaking to just one person: your Kismet Client. You will be shocked at who shows up at your virtual door with flowers. Positivity always wins the race.
3) Revisit an Old Friend.
I know what you’re thinking— sometimes you’re just too busy to pick up a new book and sink your teeth into it. So instead, pick up a book you’ve already read and skim a page or two. Since you’re familiar with the content, it’s kinda like visiting with an old friend. You get together for coffee or tea and explore a topic on a deep level. You have an ah-ha moment, and then you make plans to do it again next week. After all, tomorrow is another day to visit with another friend. You don’t have to read a book in its entirety or stick to the same book every day. As long as you get your mind back to focusing on the prize, you’ll never feel like throwing in the towel. That’s how you win the race!
You can’t impact others’ lives when you’re feeling beat down. You can’t take care of the world when you aren’t taking care yourself. And when you’re feeling Negative Nelly peeking her little head again, that’s when you need to invite support and protection to the ball game. Ask for help.
Check out my list of book recommendations if you’re looking for a fresh perspective or need inspiration. And when you’re back in the swing of things and ready to share something positive, consider joining us in The Club. Afterall, an entrepreneur community will be your best kept secret to staying sane and inspired as you move through the ebbs and flow of the surly roller coaster ride.
Have a beautiful day!
ABOUT the FOUNDER
Angel Quintana is the founder and CEO of Holistic Fashionista®, a business academy and magazine helping philanthropists build boutique brands so they can help change the world. In The Holistic Fashionista Academy, she helps clients discover their Kismet Clients®, develop a product collection that represents their cause, and build well-thought out sales funnels to change more lives and make more money!
In her book, Funnel Foreplay, she teaches change makers how to successfully quickly warm up cold leads and turn them into buyers. While her tattooed exterior shows her creative tough side and her road to success has been difficult, it is her thoughtful approach to brand building and unique selling approach that has won her thousands of raving fans. Angel and her businesses have been featured on: Apparel News, Examiner.com, Law of Attraction Radio, and spoken on stage at Digital Marketing for Business, At The Helm, and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, CA.