For some reason people rarely talk about the emotional roller coaster that happens when you start a business. It’s a taboo topic that constantly seems to be overlooked. And as someone who interacts with Entrepreneurs on a daily basis, I find myself talking about this very topic constantly! Plus, I have experienced this emotional ride in my own business, so I thought I’d take a minute to discuss and share.

The truth is that Entrepreneurs are getting bombarded with big emotional decisions on a consistent basis. They have to determine how to spend their time, money and effort in an efficient and effective way in order to develop their businesses. Additionally, statistics show that on average it usually takes at least a year for a small business owner to actually generate a profit from their business. Talk about pressure!!

Now there are so many other pressures that an Entrepreneur has to face – hiring the right people, financing, marketing, sales, economic climate, etc. But today I’d like to take this ‘emotional’ conversation one step further—I’d like to discuss the emotional ride that happens when you’re dealing with your own weird idiosyncrasies…I’m talking about the stuff that makes no sense and really drives you nuts!

Let me explain with an example from my own life…

As a person who has been in sales and marketing for over 17 years, I pride myself in my ability to generate revenue for companies. And I’m talking BIG revenue. It’s a skill that I’ve honed over the years and something that I am very proud of. But here’s the weird idiosyncrasy that showed up for me when I first decided to start my business:

I had a brilliant plan, all of the abilities in the world to make money, but for some reason, I could not get my business off of the ground for the life of me. It was the weirdest thing! I mean I had everything aligned for success but for some reason I could not make things happen. Now I won’t get into the gruesome details as to why all of these emotional blocks showed up in my life, but my point in writing this is that they did. And because these blocks kept showing up, I was forced to stop and take a look at what was getting in my way. The good news is that I took the necessary action steps to win and things finally took off. Thank goodness for mentors! But the emotional roller coaster ride I faced when getting started was something I didn’t expect nor had any desire to deal with. Truly frustrating!

So why am I telling you all of this? No, it’s not because I like to pour my heart out to total strangers. I am sharing this with you because I suspect that there are many of you who have experienced similar emotional rides that are too embarrassing for you to talk about as well.

Maybe you’re phenomenal at generating revenue, but have a total emotional block towards dealing with finances and paperwork. Maybe you’re an amazing designer but are realizing that you are horrible at finding customers. Or maybe you are awesome with coming up with brilliant ideas, but for some reason when it comes down to executing, you get stuck. This is the emotional stuff that I’m talking about. The stuff that get’s under your skin. The stuff that won’t allow you to blame anyone else but yourself!

So what do you do when you are faced with these weird random issues that pop up while trying to develop your business? Well, first and foremost, keep going! Don’t stop your business plans just because you get sideswiped by frustrating experiences! If you hang on and persevere, the end result will be so worth it! Trust me on this. Once I took action steps toward resolving my blocks, amazing results started happening in my business!

One suggestion I have is find a business mentor to help you through the tough times. I’m talking about someone who has been in a similar business that will be willing to meet with you and help you develop your plan. Mentors can be amazingly helpful. Why? This quote sums it up: “You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame.” In other words, sometimes you are so blocked or limited that you cannot see any way around the situation. Mentors can help you find new angles and ways of developing your business with options that you might not have thought of before.

And if you can’t find a mentor, at least get involved with a group of other like-minded entrepreneurs that can support you during your process. These people can help you come up with new solutions and options as well.

The bottom line is that you are not alone in dealing with the emotional roller coaster of starting a new business. It’s a common issue that many people face. Therefore, if you find yourself dealing with emotional issues that you never expected, try and acknowledge them and then just give yourself a break. It’s just the way life goes sometimes. Life brings you challenges, but the people who take on these challenges are the ones who truly win. But the good news is that if you do, you will truly be on your way to next level business success!