Staying focused when you are going through a rough time in your life can be extremely hard, I know, because I’ve been there too. I’m sure some of you reading this have read or listened to my story so you know that my life hasn’t always been easy. When I became a mother at 16 I had so many people telling me I would never amount to anything, I wouldn’t be a good mother, I would fail at life. When I started to reach for my dreams and start my own business I had people tell me it would never work, I would lose money, and I would fail at life again.
These negative times caused me to doubt myself and I almost allowed them to suck me in and take over. BUT, I knew deep down I didn’t want to be another statistic and more than anything, I didn’t want those people to be right. So I fought back and I worked my BUTT off, and I continue to work my butt off for myself and my family because I’m not a statistic, I’m a powerful woman entrepreneur. I changed my future and I’m working to change the futures of other women like myself. If you are going through a storm and can’t seem to focus, here are a couple things I did to help myself stay focused during those hard times:
Remember How Important Your Job Is:
Remind yourself how important your future is. Whether you have a career, are working towards a dream, or whatever else, you need to remind yourself why it’s important to you. For me it was my kids. I wanted to show them that it was possible to achieve your dreams and become successful even when the odds were against you. Come up with the reason you are doing what you do, write it down, and look at it everyday. When times get tough, look at it more. It will get your through.
Schedule Your Day:
I can’t tell you how important this is in general but especially during hard times. Making a schedule and writing down everything you need to get done each day helps to hold you accountable and stay focused. If you are going through a stressful time, be sure to block out a couple hours out of each day to focus on yourself, to take a long lunch, meditate, etc. There has to be a balance in your schedule when you are going through a tough time.
Make Plans That You Look Forward To:
When I was going through my hard times, I would always make a point to end my day with something I looked forward to. That could be going to eat with my family, relaxing in a bubble bath, visiting with friends, etc. I found something that I enjoyed everyday and I closed out my day with that. It helped me continue to focus more on my dreams and less on my storms.