We all know there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Duh. If there was, we’d all run fearlessly in the direction of our dreams!

But even with this knowledge that dreams take time to be realized, unfortunately we still see people quickly giving up on their dreams as soon as things get a little bit tough.

Sure, things may become harder than we realized when we started, or it takes longer to reach our goals, or we feel like we aren’t getting anywhere.

Or you may be faced with a global pandemic that grinds your entire world to a halt.

When facing setbacks or the first failure along your journey to success, you might start wondering, “What was I thinking?” Or “Why did I think I could do this?!” or “I can’t survive this crisis.”

The truth is, we can’t predict the future. Especially now. None of us would have ever imagined 2020 would look like this, where all our excitement and momentum coming into this new Roaring 20’s decade simply derailed by a shocking pandemic and complete lockdowns.

It’s hard to think clearly when it feels like the entire world is flipped upside down.

But these are the moments we have to remind ourselves that setbacks are temporary.

It’s times like these when our priorities and mindset are tested. And when resilience is built and we become stronger for all of our struggles.

Here’s three things you can do right now to keep your dreams alive and not throw in the towel:

1. Go back to your “Why”

When you feel like quitting, remember why you started. Ideally, you have this written down from when you first started your business. And if you don’t, now would be a good time to write it down (or add to it) – if you need help figuring it out, check out Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk here. The more reasons you have for pursuing purpose and to keep going, the less likely you are to quit!

2. Succeed at something else

When I felt like my head was going to explode from studying for finals in college, I used to bake. It was a way to be productive, so I didn’t feel like I was slacking, but still was taking some time away from the work. (I was in training for Quarantine- so many people are baking and trying new recipes right now!). But maybe this type of micro success is just what we need right now- a productive distraction that rebuilds a bit of self confidence.

3. Find a way

There are a lot of times I think of someone else who got through a tougher time or persevered despite the odds, and it gives me hope and confidence that seemingly impossible things can actually be done. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Every problem has a solution, and if you sit with your problem long enough and get scrappy – it’s pretty likely you’re going to find it.

And if all that doesn’t work, why not let us help you with our Nest for Success E-Course, where we guide you through all the dreamy and actionable steps necessary to creating the business and life of your dreams! Sometimes, you need a little support and guidance to get your groove back, and let me tell you, our wild woman has got some major league groove! Check out how to get it here

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lisa val verde

COO/CMO

Singapore

During her 10+ years marketing everything from concept to commercialization on a global landscape, Lisa has found that her greatest opportunity is to empower and encourage any woman with a burning passion and a desire for change to pursue whatever lights her spirit on fire. With Wildernest, Lisa is able to help other women break down their own walls to achieve their full potential, and enable a community of passionate women to create thriving businesses and become catalysts for change.

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