Stay Positive and Earn Money from Home
With the rise of remote work (working from a location other than the central office) and the gig economy (labor market involving independent contractors and freelancers), more and more people are exploring the possibilities of earning money from home. Although leaving the security of a traditional job—regular salary, paid overtime, sick leave, vacation days, weekends off and a built-in retirement plan—can seem scary, the rewards of working for yourself and having more control over your time can be well worth it. However, I won’t lie to you! The opportunity to make money in the comfort of your own home or while lying on a secluded beach can be exciting, but it’s not always easy, especially in the beginning. Having a successful home business requires a lot of hard work and dedication, which is why cultivating a positive mindset is a must! In this article, I’ll discuss how you can stay positive and motivated while earning money from home. So, let’s dive in and discover how to create a can-do attitude that will help you achieve your business goals.
Acknowledge Your Doubts and Fears
As you embark on the journey of earning money from home, it’s natural to have doubts and fears. Acknowledging those emotions is the first step towards cultivating a positive mindset. Oh yes! It’s perfectly okay to admit you’re afraid, but don’t let it stop you! Sit down and write out all the doubts and fears that come to mind. Don’t hold anything back. Be completely honest about what you’re feeling and thinking! There is no need to be ashamed. Remember you’re only human. Ten times out of ten, every new entrepreneur has moments of apprehension.
Once you have written down every emotion and thought, take a deep breath and read through the list. Read it? Yes, you must read it. Did you think I was going to tell you to burn the list? Although that may be a good exercise for releasing the negativity in your life, you can’t overcome any doubts and fears, if you don’t first acknowledge and deal with them.
While reading your list, ask yourself, “What evidence do I have to support these doubts and fears?” Often you will find that your fears are based on assumptions rather than facts. Next, reframe your doubts and fears. In other words, you want to turn those negative thoughts into positive affirmations. For example, instead of saying, “I’m afraid I won’t be able to make enough money,” reframe the statement by saying, “I am capable of earning the income I need by utilizing my skills and putting in the effort.” Once you’ve completed the list of affirmations, don’t toss the paper to the side, but post it where you can see it and repeat the affirmations to yourself daily. The more you speak and hear the words, the more you will become convinced and believe them. And as the saying goes, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it!”
Recognizing that failure is a part of the process is also important. No one likes to fail, but let’s face it, it’s a part of life! The key to handling failure is to get back up and keep pressing! Remember that many successful entrepreneurs have failed multiple times before achieving success. They are now living their dreams because they did not give up! So, don’t let the fear of defeat hold you back from pursuing your dreams. Instead shift your perspective and see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. For instance, when my son started college he struggled in the beginning and was very discouraged. Rather than dropping out, he started going to fewer parties and spending more time in the library studying. Because he learned from his mistakes and made the necessary changes, he is now a proud college graduate!
Again, what must you do in order to have a positive mindset and achieve success and fulfillment on your work-from-home journey?
- Acknowledge and address your doubts and fears.
- Turn your negative thoughts into positive affirmations.
- Embrace failure as a learning opportunity.
Start Building a Foundation Through Self-Reflection
Building a strong foundation for earning money from home begins with self-reflection. Periodically taking out time to look inwardly and examine your own behaviors, emotions and thoughts is necessary and beneficial for growth. Here are three steps to help you get started.
- Define your values and goals.
What is important to you? What do you want to achieve? Maybe you have a heart for children and want to create books that promote self-esteem. Identifying your values and goals will assist you in finding your purpose, guide your decision-making process, help you stay focused on what matters most and keep your eyes on the prize.
- Assess your skills and experiences.
What are you good at? What experiences do you have that can be valuable and earn you money from home? Perhaps you are a great writer who can get paid writing for those who don’t enjoy writing. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses will help you find the opportunities that are right for you and set realistic expectations.
- Address any limiting beliefs.
Just as it’s important to know the doubts and fears, it is also important to address any limiting beliefs, which are simply beliefs you have about yourself that are only holding you back and preventing you from reaching your full potential. For example, you may believe that you’re only capable of working for other people because you have no entrepreneurs in your family. Ask yourself, “What beliefs do I hold about myself and my ability to earn money from home?” Then identify evidence that refutes your limiting beliefs.
By taking the time to reflect on these areas, you can build a strong foundation for your homebase, business or career. You will have a better understanding of what you want to achieve, what you have to offer and what you need to work on to succeed. Remember building a successful career from home takes time and effort. With the right mindset and foundation, you can achieve your goals.