Rise to the challenge – use stress to your advantage
We can all agree that being in business is sometimes stressful. As business owners, we all experience the same challenges at some time or another.
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
- You’re not getting enough leads coming in because your marketing efforts aren’t hitting your targets.
- The bills keep piling in each month while your cash flow goes down rather than up.
- Your team is not performing at the high level you expect – and your own capacity is so stretched you don’t have time to train your staff effectively.
When your life and business aren’t going according to plan, what’s your default response?
- Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress and look for distractions rather than dealing with the issues?
- Maybe you procrastinate, or fill your time with “below the line” work – this is the work you don’t enjoy, the non-productive work or admin tasks you could delegate.
- You might let off steam by venting or over-exaggerating – but this only result in lots of talking and no action.
What you resist persists
When you don’t address the source of the stress, nothing changes. And when nothing changes, you don’t grow.
This concerns me greatly, as I watch small business owners go through their daily activities.
Stress in the right amounts keeps us engaged. What’s the right amount? Well, that differs for each of us – you’ll know where your tipping point is.
Our response to “good” stress is that we feel a sense of control over the event. But too much stress in our daily life will eventually lead to health issues. I can certainly vouch for that, as I have had illnesses in the past that were stress induced.
Here are a few techniques I’ve found helpful in lowering stress levels that you may also find useful:
- Put your health first – get more sleep and exercise. This has to come first and be non-negotiable in your life.
- Create space in your day for quiet time – even 10-15 minutes is enough.
- Write in a journal – There are many studies that prove the positive impact on our well-being of writing out our thoughts and feelings. The following books can help you explore the practice of journaling.
– The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
– Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Keep calm … and take action
Practice becoming a “calm responder”. This is a person who takes action quickly. They calmly and rationally respond to challenges.
Remaining calm gives your brain time to see the path forward. Surround yourself with a trusted group of advisors who you can check in with, for the support and guidance you need.
When it comes to dealing with stress and challenges in your business, how will you choose to respond?
Until next week ….. Have an Extraordinary week
Monica Brewer CEO