Rome wasn't built in a day. It happened brick by brick. Those mini milestone and victories are signs of progress. You are heading in the right direction. Celebrate these wins. Recognise and reward those who helped accomplish these victories—no matter how big or small. Every little step towards your goal should not be forgotten. Pat yourself on the back at every such opportunity. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months. This is what will carry you, so make it count.
Perfection is not the goal
Don't make perfection a goal. It is filled with danger and can be the biggest energy sapper you've ever come across—as it does not exist. Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. We live in an imperfect world and strive for perfection—which is in itself flawed. You'll never feel satisfied or like you have been successful if you set perfection as your benchmark. Something or someone will end up displeasing you.
If you let failure take hold of you, then you end up living in the past. And the past then becomes your present and destroys your future.
Instead, set yourself high standards and strive to be the best. Focus on doing amazing things that solve larger problems—not perfect things that are never ever going to be right. You end up lamenting over what you failed to accomplish and what you should have done differently instead of moving forward, excited about what you've achieved and what you will accomplish in the future.
Focus on solutions and options, not blockers and barriers
Where attention flows, energy goes. Focus your attention on the solutions, not problems. When you get fixated on problems or barriers you begin to create negativity around you. Your negative emotions overtake your ability to make rational decisions—bias kicks in and you cause inertia.
Instead, focus on the actions you can take to overcome the problem. Imagine you are wired to solve any problem in the world and the answer is in your head—you just have to find it. When you focus on the right things, extraordinary things happen. Your approach and attitude can make all the difference to you and the people around you. Remember this.
Be kind to yourself
We all make mistakes in life. You will too. Forgive yourself and move on. Being an entrepreneur is tough. Cut yourself some slack. Learn from your mistake. Reflect on it only to avoid making it again—but avoid replaying it in your head repeatedly. Focus on how you're going to develop yourself and become wiser in the future.
They say failure gets you close to success. In today's startup world, failure is a sign of experience and gravitas. Failing fast is seen as a good thing. Yet, when we fail we see it as a dent in our self-confidence. It's easy to forget that the biggest failures result from taking risks and trying to achieve something that isn't easy or tenable for most people.
Success comes from having the courage to try and keep trying until you succeed. Failure is just a prerequisite. Not the end. Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks. You can't allow failure to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed. If you let failure take hold of you, then you end up living in the past. And the past then becomes your present and destroys your future.
Summing up, I've tried to share some of my personal lessons while being an entrepreneur and hope they have been useful to you as they have been to me over the years.