Keep It Positive! 3 Tips to Keep Your Head Above Water

Here’s how to keep your head above water when the world feels like it’s crashing down around you

Not-so-fun fact: self-employment is not always sunshine and rainbows. New self-employment challenges arise every day — from dealing with a frustrating client to working long hours to meet a tight deadline — and these challenges can make you doubt yourself. These challenges can also make it tough to keep your head above water.

One of the things I’ve learned about self-employment: you cannot control when self-employment challenges arise. I’ve also learned that self-employment challenges come in many forms — everything from a client demanding last-minute project edits to receiving multiple big projects at once (all of which have a tight deadline).

Ultimately, you get to decide how to respond to self-employment challenges. If you maintain a positive outlook, you’re better equipped than ever before to overcome these challenges.

How to Maintain a Positive Outlook in the Face of Adversity

Self-employables often deal with rejection and stress, and some work days are more difficult than others. However, a positive outlook helps you stay calm, cool and collected in the face of adversity.

There are several things that you can do to keep things positive on a day-to-day basis, such as:

  1. Take a Break: Schedule 5- to 10-minute breaks so you can occasionally step away from your daily work to refocus and recharge.
  2. Express Gratitude: Write down good things that happen to you during the work day to foster gratitude and happiness.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Reward yourself, get sufficient rest and make self-care a daily priority.

With a positive outlook, self-employment challenges become learning opportunities that drive innovation and problem-solving. And over time, you’ll discover that a positive outlook helps you overcome any self-employment challenges that come your way.

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