What do I do when things get hard?
There’s this popular saying about things in business being hard that goes something like:
Working 40 hours a week for 40 years is hard. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Choose your “hard.”
It’s very popular among entrepreneur “inspiration” circles, the aggressive hustle culture and some network marketing messaging.
But the truth is, entrepreneurship IS hard sometimes. And the world’s answer to this is generally “suck it up, do more, go big or go home.” Because admitting you’re overwhelmed, weary, and exhausted (and maybe even not finding joy and wanting to burn it all down) is considered weakness.
Maybe you’ve read this piece of wisdom somewhere:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(hint: 2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
This truth is why in episode 173 of Redefining Hustle: Pursuing Success as a Christian Woman, I pulled back the curtain on some tough questions we face as we walk out God’s assignment. Three of my clients posed tough questions that I’m positive will resonate with you, and some of the answers may surprise you. Thanks to my clients for these candid questions:
- What do I do when I’ve been seeking, listening and obeying, yet still feel lost?
- How do I let God lead when I want to take control?
- How do I find the lessons in the disappointments?
It’s why the episode is titled “What do I do when things get hard?” Because you WILL have hard times in your business, dark periods when you’ll invoke that classic title by @judyblume “Are you there God? It’s me [insert your name]” (PS one of my very FAVE books btw)