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Take The Little Wins

Kerri Tutton

There is a point when a creative's light bulb goes off and they come to the conclusion that there is a lot more to running a handmade craft business than meets the eye.

There are also a lot of brick walls in the process of 'learning as you go' and in many cases blockages that will stop you moving forward at pace.  It is often at this time a sense of frustration and overwhelm can kick in.

This is when a positive mind set can help.  By learning how to appreciate the 'little wins' you can close your business day off in a much happier emotional set point.

No matter how much time you have spend on your creative endeavours, try to find that little piece of gold and congratulate yourself for it.

Practice this daily and you will avoid the roller coaster of emotions that comes with the ups and downs of running a business and avoid that negative pit that leads to the road: 'I just don't think I'm good enough'. 

Get so positive with your self talk that it comes naturally to see the good in every moment. 

It could be that you have done one of the hardest things and 'started' a blog! That in it's self is a really huge achievement, especially if it is your first time writing. Avoid knocking yourself for not finishing it, acknowledge yourself for starting with a little positive pow wow.

Perhaps you needed to get rid of processing your expenses for the month (or perhaps the last 2 months!!) get stuck in, get it done and create a more streamlined process to make it quicker next month. Treat yourself to a break after completion and tick that bad boy off your to do list.  

A really good trick is to acknowledge little wins that are focussed on the effort that you have made over the result.

For example, don't beat yourself up with a block of chocolate for not making any money in your early phase of selling at the Markets. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting out of bed at 4am on your day off, having packed the car and set up a market stall, say well done you, for getting yourself out there to meet your potential customers and know that you made someones day special.

"I can live for 2 months on a good compliment"

-Mark Twain

Make a decision today to find the little wins and acknowledge yourself, compliment yourself and cheer yourself.

What little win's are you going to take away from your business day today?

Kez