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Sometimes it is Really Hard

The world of business is a rollercoaster with plenty of ups and plenty of downs.

It is a huge challenge and certainly not for everyone. However, for many, the rewards are seriously worth it.

The truth of it is that we will all face tough times, and we will all question if it is worth moving forward. These challenges are normal and all part of the journey, yet for many, it can be seen as time to give up.

Over the years, I have learned some simple processes that can really help smooth out the tough times, and today, I thought I would share them.

  • Have clear written goals.  From the lessons of LMI and many others, the power of goal setting has been drummed into me from a very young age. I have regularly heard that goals are dreams with deadlines, and this could not be more true. We all dreamed as kids, and if we take the time to dream today but then put a plan to achieving those dreams, we have clear written goals. The trick is to have not just the “What” you are going to do but the “Why” you want to do it. If the “Why” is strong enough, then nothing can stop you.
  • Celebrate your successes.  Most of us focus on all the things that we are yet to do or where we have failed. A few years ago, I started to write a Victory Journal. Each time I achieve something significant I take the time to sit and write about it in my Victory Journal. Then if I am ever having a bad day, I can sit and read it and remember what I have achieved.
  • Pick your friends wisely.  Not everyone you mix with will support and aid you in tough times. Often those who are closest care so much but are not always best positioned to advise. Have great support mechanisms, a coach or mentor is a great way of having consistent, positive and professional support.


That gives you a few simple processes to support you in the tough times, but please remember, that the only person in control of your life is you. Remembering that gives you the right to celebrate when you succeed, given the pain you will have been through on the way. Nothing happens unless you make it happen!