This post is a follow-up to the earlier – Building Your Brand. It is a challenging task that never ceases; however, most difficulties are encountered at the beginning. These challenges may be concrete or emotional, but they are present during the process of discovery and even after you had set out to build your brand. The more you ignore dealing with these challenges, the slower the process will become, and it may even affect your own “emotional branding” – the way you perceive your brand.
YOU – The Biggest Challenge
The biggest challenge that you may meet building your brand is YOU. Even after you have figured out where you are headed, your belief system (in yourself) may be shaken after the journey of self-discovery. There will be the moment when you might say “nonsense” and doubt the entire process. In addition, there is always the negative little voice that tells you to “be careful,” “wait,” “can’t,” “too difficult,” “too expensive,” … you know it. Training yourself to bypass YOU (your fears and doubts) will take some effort, but will make you stronger and give you clarity of perception.
This challenge is tied to YOU, as depending on the process of self-discovery, which is different for everyone, the array of emotions/feelings set free are the challenge in itself. Dealing with those is important to continue building your brand.
At one point or another, motivation may get stale, especially when instant gratification is nowhere to be found. In an instant society like ours, we are cued to get results and get them fast. In most cases, building your brand will not yield instant results. So patience and perseverance most be found inside your motivational briefcase.
Family, Friends, and Critics
This is a huge challenge, second to the YOU challenge. Most of us pay great attention to the opinion of our closed circle first, and to the outside circle later. Wether we want to admit it or not, their opinion has an effect in our emotions. This is why it is so important to take a hold of YOU and understand that for them, a process of self-discovery may have not happened yet, and most likely, they may not be able to understand where you are coming from or your perception. I have found that entrepreneurs are more likely to cheer you up, because at some point, they have gone through the process, than people with a job/paycheck mentality. The later group will not be able to understand what you are doing or where you are headed, least how you are doing it. They have not learned the value of a true dollar (or your country’s currency) and they may not understand your true efforts. For this group, time spent = money in the strict sense of the phrase. For you, payment for your efforts have come in many other ways. A healthy dose of criticism is good, but beware of where it comes from and how YOU deal with it.
This is a personal issue and everyone must work with time differently to build a brand. This applies to anything in life, as your perception of time may be different to mine. Timing and time to work on something must be understood separately. Emotional time spent is also important when building your brand.
Money and Knowledge
I linked these two challenges because many times, if you don’t have money to hire someone to do something you don’t know how to do yet, you can always spend time learning it and do it yourself. It is a personal issue, sometimes tied to physical time, but not let lack of finances stop you in building your brand. Today, there are many free social networks, platforms, and online features which are of help when money is tight. Learning is a process that takes time.
Change and Setbacks
This is something that you must be able to accept as part of growing your endeavor and building your brand. Things move different for everyone; it is the cycle of living, and part of the decision-making (past, present, future); however, don’t let that stop your progress. Change may be positive or carry some setbacks with it. It may speed the process or slow you down. It can come in the form of total devastation as in a natural disaster, financial loss, divorce, moving to another state or country, illness … It is up to you to set the emotional pace for dealing with change/setbacks.
These are a few challenges, which may be present when building your brand; however, it is your journey, and your own challenges will appear along the way, of course. There is no growth without challenge; so welcome these.