Over the past (almost) six years, our entire family income has completely come from self-employment, commission based sales, or consulting fees. That is, none of it has come from being an employee. I honestly hope to never be an employee again. Not that there is anything wrong with being an employee, it’s just that it doesn’t suit me. An entrepreneur’s, and commission based salesman’s, life is one that best matches my personality. It excites me, and it drives me every day.
All entrepreneurs (even ones who are full of passion and engagement for their work) feel fatigue from time to time. It is natural, and it is human.
One of the benefits of being an employee is that you have to show up for work, even when you are tired. Otherwise you will lose your job.
What…..that doesn’t sound like a benefit.
Well it is a benefit if you are an entrepreneur because you want to show up for work each day. That is how to make things great, and you want accountability to show up each day.
When you are an entrepreneur you don’t have someone watching over you. So you can “not show up for work” and no one will know. You can even rationalize it, and say “it doesn’t matter today”, “one day is no big deal”. However when you get in the habit of doing this, you run many risks. One day turns into another day, and another, and before you know it your business is in trouble (if you even have a business at all).
I’ve learned in my six years of 100% self-employment, that the freedom that I get from being an entrepreneur has a real cost. The cost is that I have to show up every day. The cost is discipline.
So here is a trick that I’ve learned that can be employed by any of you (who are also self-employed or commission based sales) for those days that you don’t really feel like “showing up” for work:
Emotion is created by motion. If I don’t feel like working, then I really need to get to work. There is magic in work however, because as soon as I start completing tasks my emotions will change. It is 100% guaranteed. Pretty soon I will feel ok, and I will have momentum, and I will be grateful that I didn’t waste the day just because I “initially” felt tired.
Let me better explain by quoting Og Mandino (from the Greatest Salesman In The World):
It is one of nature’s tricks, little understood, that each day I awaken with moods that have changed from yesterday. Yesterday’s joy will become today’s sadness; yet today’s sadness will grow into tomorrow’s joy. Inside of me is a wheel, constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression, from happiness to melancholy….weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts…
If I feel ill I will double my labor
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead..
From this moment I am prepared to control whatever personality awakes me in a day. I will master my moods through positive action.
So the next time you don’t feel like it, just start. You’ll feel better shortly.