Sometimes, I’m convinced that I can take over the world.
Other times, I’m not even sure I can help a single person.
Once in a while, I wonder how long I can really do this for. Is it sustainable? Will I consistently make a good income, forever? Will I get bored, and want to drop it all?
But then other times, I’m so sure of myself. So sure that what I’m doing is right. That it’s perfect.
Some days, I’m so psyched about my work that I forget to eat, to get dressed, and leave the house. Hours and days fly by as I work and I barely notice, I’m so engulfed in what I’m doing.
Other times, I feel like I’d rather make a pillow fort and hole up in it all day, hiding from everything for a little while.
These are the ups and downs of running your own online business. It’s par for the course, and I’d bet you money that you can’t find a single solopreneur who hasn’t experienced these ups and downs. I challenge you to find even one who hasn’t had days where they wonder what on earth they have gotten themselves into, where they feel they simply can’t do it, where they are terrified of being called out as a fake, a fraud.
When you’re putting yourself out there to the world, it’s really fucking scary. It’s vulnerable to be creating something you care about. It’s terrifying to be going against the norm and doing things your way. And let’s face it, there is no guarantee that it is all going to work out, and the unknown is what breaks a lot of people.
So how on earth are you supposed to get anywhere with this rollercoaster ride of head trash going on?
The only answer I really have is that you have to believe in what you are doing enough to hear all the drama in your head, and keep going anyway.
Feeling like no one wants what you have to offer? Feel bad about yourself for a minute, then move on and start testing out your ideas.
Not sure if you can actually go through with it (whatever it is)? Great. Sit with that feeling during a yoga class, then go home and do it anyway.
These feelings happen to everyone, and the difference between the people who quit and the ones who keep at it is their recovery time after listening to the gremlins. The more you keep moving forward, the more resilient you become, the quicker you are able to dig yourself out of your pillow fort and get back to work.
Running your own show isn’t easy, and knowing that everyone feels like this at one time or another is comforting, right? Sharing your struggles and getting support from other people who “get it” (not like your dad, who still thinks you should get a real job) will be a huge help along the way.
If you don’t have anyone in your real-life life that understands what you’re going through, hop on over to the Uncaged Lifers Facebook group and hop in on the discussions. Having these big dreams of starting your own business, working from anywhere, and leading your version of an Uncaged life doesn’t have to feel so isolating.
What has been responsible for your biggest ups and downs as you navigate this whole solopreneur thing? Share your story in the comments below!