When being a work at home parent gets tough, what are you going to do?

by David

in Featured, Personal Development, Work From Home

be a survivor

Working at home is challenging – sometimes it can be so challenging you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Things start to slip with your home life and business and if you can’t regain control in time, it can get so painful you want to quit both.

It was never going to be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is, so you have to take the rough with the smooth – and act like a survivor in order to finally break through and become an overnight success.

You have to hang in there and get through the tough times.

It might not sound like a great option, but I promise you it is, especially when you consider the alternative – existing.

Maybe you feel adopting a survival mindset is a backward step especially when you’re supposed to follow the self development wisdom and go big or go home‘.

Believe me, when you’re at your lowest point, existing and survival are worlds apart.

Existing is passively accepting whatever is thrown at you.

Survival is actively influencing the outcome and stacking the odds in your favour.

Existing is wasting resources.

Survival is preserving resources.

Existing is fatalistic.

Survival is optimistic.

Existing is apathy.

Survival is decisive, purposeful and powerful.

Survival is LIVING!

Working from home is one of the toughest challenges you’ll ever face so make sure you have the right mind-set to succeed and be happy.

When times get tough, choose to live, learn to adapt, and you’ll get through it.

Do you sometimes think that working at home feels like you’re merely existing?

Image: Creative Commons with thanks to Vince

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David Wright January 29, 2012 at 10:15 am

Well said, Dave.

I spent many years simply existing.

The alternative is much better. It’s tougher sometimes, because when you allow yourself to want something, and work for something, the crush of not achieving is more painful than not ever caring to begin with. But the highs, when things go right, and being able to look yourself in the mirror, even after failure, and know that you did something (or tried) something in your heart, is worth it more often than not.


David January 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

David, I like your response to my post even better than I like my own post!

You’re right, the easier option is to exist, which is why, as an experience, it’s so empty. Taking the decison to be a survivor and to prevail no matter what is thrown at you is more challenging but so much more rewarding.

Looking at yourself in the mirror after the failures that come from merely existing can be sickening – there are feelings of guilt, shame and self-loathing. Looking in the mirror following a failure when you know you’ve tried your heart out produces feelings of pride, dignity and self-respect.

Thanks David!


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