Ellay, I think that most of us are our own worst critics. I know that this rings true for me. No one it tougher on me than me.
There are days when in between caring full time for my 21 month old son while my husband finishes his EMBA while working full time and acting as president of a large project management group, launching a children`s clothing line and online store with my business partner - who also works full time - and everything that entails - which is much more work than I ever anticipated - that I ask myself, "why am I doing this again? Is it really worth the stress and complete lack of a "normal" life?"
This always seems to be the right combination of questions for me. I always give myself the right answer: It`s going to allow me to help create freedom for my family, which is really going to lead me to really help make a difference in the world during my life time (I plan to live well beyond 100 :-). Those are the two most important things in my life: family (and creating financial freedom for us), and making a difference in the world. This is why I wake up everyday, take a deep breath (often times) and charge on. At the end of the day, I know that all of the hard work, frustration and stress is for something - it is for us - and not for The Man.
Also, and not so romantic, is that I create a list for myself every evening of what I need to accomplish the next day. This really helps keep me motivated and accountable to me. Sometimes there are upwards of 15 to dos. If I don`t get them accomplished, then I know that I`m not really working toward my goals. This usually helps keep me in line. If I fall off, when things start to pile up, I tend to get right back on track.
And I`ll also add that when you really start seeing your labors begin to pay off, or at least form into something that is starting to make sense, what an incredible sense of accomplishment you feel. This alone is the best motivator to keeping pushing onward and upward.
Keep your chin up and spirits high. You can accomplish anything if you try. Onward and Upward!
And remember the words of one of our literary geniuses, Samuel Beckett: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Tammy Graham, Founder & CEO, True Genius Apparel Company: fitting your personality; www.mytruegenius.com.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."