How to Navigate Your Biz Journey, with Patience & Joy

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Goals and Dreams

You know what I find extraordinarily frustrating about entrepreneurship? (You probably feel the same way…)

It tries my patience!

I’ve got all these big ideas, things that I want to create, goals that I want to hit, and so forth…and I wish I could skip the trial-and-error, implementation, and other middle-of-the-journey stuff…and just keep the fun beginning-idea-creative phase + the reaching-the-end-result-and-celebration phase.

Of course, it doesn’t work that way – things take time to come into fruition, especially GREAT & WONDERFUL things. So I have to be patient with the process.

If you’re much the same way, you might appreciate this bible verse, as I do:

Jeremiah 29:11

And you might also love these points to follow, which I use to tame that anxiety- and instant-gratification-driven “why-can’t-I-get-there-already” monster that tries to overtake me time and time again…

1. Keep your goals in mind, but don’t put them on a pedestal. It has been said, that fixating too much on the END GOAL can put us in an unfulfilling cycle of: 1) Anxiousness to get there, 2) Disappointment that the goal was not the be-all, end-all we expected, and then 3) Immediately looking towards the next BIG THING, to provide the happiness or perfect life we seek.

But happiness is just a state of mind, and if we can’t be happy with where we’re at right now, and find joy in that, getting to the next big stage/dream/breakthrough is probably not going to help.

2. Plan and execute, even when it’s less fun. There will be tough times, tasks that are less-than-pleasant, and so forth…BUT holding your nose to the grindstone isn’t as bad, when you know you’re on track and working towards your DREAMS!

3. Enjoy the process. Relish the fun stuff, celebrate even the smallest of victories, and find joy even in those nitty-gritty tasks that are necessary to get your business from point A to point B (after all, it’s all for a business you love & are passionate about, right?).heart

Speaking of Jeremiah 29:11, I find immense joy in knowing that God has a special purpose for me here, and seeing what He’s already done in leading me to this AMAZING and UNEXPECTED calling, makes me want to trust Him + be patient along the journey even more – as He obviously knows what He’s doing!

Your turn! What do you do, to quell the impatience-monster, and find joy in your journey? Share your stories, tips, or strategies in the comments below…

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About Barbara Austin

As the graphic designer & founder of Sweet Dreamz Design, Barbara loves working with women entrepreneurs to brand their businesses. She shares a variety of small business advice and anecdotes here on the blog. Check back every week for new tips, inspirations, and how-to articles, or subscribe to get regular updates in your inbox each week!

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  • Kimberly July 10, 2013, 10:39 pm

    What an important message. I go through phases, where one day I’m happy as can be to just put nose to the grindstone and simply do the work, even the non-fun stuff, then other days I want to just be “there” already and get wildly annoyed that I can’t do more/work faster/be more productive. But it’s a process, and as you so wisely point out, if we can’t be happy right where we are right now, then having a breakthrough or reaching the next stage will likely only bring temporary satisfaction at best.

    One thing I try to keep in mind that one of my favorite personal development mentors says is that impatience is just a form of resistance to learning the lessons involved with where we are in the present. This usually helps me stay focused and positive. : )

    • Barbara Austin July 11, 2013, 4:02 pm

      Kimberly, I too get “wildly annoyed” that I can’t get more done (I love how you worded that, by the way). I’m currently trying to adopt the attitude of “I have enough time”, using that time as efficiently as I can — and being content with that.

      And you’re so right, learning is huge! We’d all love to get it right immediately, but it takes time to figure out what works for us, and how best to do things. Patience + Perseverance = Success 😉

      • Kimberly July 11, 2013, 8:07 pm

        Agreed, patience + perseverance = Success! : )

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