You know how they say laughter is infectious? So is smiling. Even if you don’t feel so good. if you think of something to smile about or smile at someone else, you will feel better and you will possibly brighten someone else’s day. If you are in a bad mood, try to think of something that makes you smile, like for many it is just the thought of cute little puppies, or other animals. That is why they use dogs as therapy for many ill and elderly people. It’s because they make people happy to see them and pet them.
This of course is usually referring to in the physical world – but is also true of online. If you convey that you are having a good time and loving what you are doing, you may change the way another person is feeling; or encourage them to see things in a positive light. Truth be known if you are working yourself too hard and too long you might not remember how you liked doing this anymore.
There are studies being done that are saying that people on the Internet are happier and more satisfied with their life than people who do not go online. There really is a feeling of community and ‘connectedness’ online and you are really never alone; especially if you use Skype or other Chat clients, forums or social networks. This is where you can shine. Even if it hurts, try to keep shining! People will be attracted to you because you are happy and they will want to have what you have or do what you are doing because everybody would like to be happy.
So this is one place it is ok to ‘fib’ a little – if somebody says ‘how are you doing’ and you really feel tired, disgusted and discouraged, don’t say that – instead, say ‘I am doing fine’ (and you are) and hopefully you don’t have to think of all the unfortunate circumstances that you could be having to remind yourself that you are really fine in comparison.
There will be times when you are over-tired or discouraged because you may not be seeing the results that you expected. You should never allow this state to take hold of you because it can literally derail everything if you lose your motivation. If you have to make a list of what is motivating you to start a business, do that.
When you feel discouraged you might really need to take a break and get away from your computer for a day. Go do anything else – preferably something healthy that involves fresh air, sunshine, and some exercise, which definitely stimulates you and will get you going again on the right track. Whatever it is that you can do to keep from letting discouragement swallow your motivation, just do it.