8 Keys to Assuring “Business Owner Stress” Doesn’t Ruin You

By April 9, 2014Strategy

If you own your own business, you know it can be one of the most stressful and lonely positions.  Many people rely on you. You are the last person to get paid. You are accountable for everything that happens. Finding a way to manage your stress is one of the most important keys to the success of your business.

1. Will this matter in a month?

This is huge in the day-to-day problems you come across in running a business.  Never avoid a problem, always solve it, but make sure to do it with the mindset of how big of a problem it is.  Even the smallest problems, when left to your racing entrepreneurial mind, can grow out of proportion and cause immense amounts of stress.  A good way to handle this is just to use the mantra “Will this matter in a month?” Assume you are going to figure out a way to deal with it, or it is going to have the effect that it has. In a month, will it matter?

2. Get out and run

This may sounds cliche, but exercise is SO important.  Between:

  • having the energy to handle the enormous workload you probably had
  • staying in a motivated and good mood
  • keeping your health in order so it doesn’t get in the way
  • and just having something you do regularly that isn’t work

it is enormously critical that you participate in some sort of regular activity that increases your heart rate, challenges your body, and improves your help.  You will thank me later.

3. Have fun

I don’t mean at work, I mean in general.  Have hobbies, adventures, life experiences, parties, and other things that are not work.  When you are happy in your personal life, and enjoying it, it will absolutely cross over into the work you produce.

4. Smile

Literally.  Wake up in the morning, and just smile.  Life is a psychological game and you will win if you start off your day by telling yourself that you are happy.

5. The glass is always half full

Expanding on the idea of smiling, no matter what, the glass is always half full.  Things could ALWAYS be worse, and if you remember that, then you will be able to assess problems and move on.  Be a positive thinker. You will accomplish much more if you acknowledge everything you have done and everything that is going well.

Become pessimistic and start focusing on the bad, and you are on a downward spiral to your psychological demise.

6. Get Away

Travel, escape, separate—whatever you do, make sure you find regular time to have nothing to do with work.  Retaining yourself and not burning out is more important than anything.  If you burn out, it’s over. That being said, find ways to cool off and just remove yourself.  Allowing your mind to leave work and reset will greatly improve your creativity and productivity.  Just like leaving a problem and coming back to it can help solve it, leaving work and coming back to it will help you do more.

7. Keep Learning

Never stop.  The more you know, the more you avoid problems and the less you are forced to rely on others.  Never stop growing and learning. You will avoid a large portion of stresses that come from lack of knowledge.

8. Don’t put yourself in bad positions

Simple, right? But you’d be surprised how many problems arise that are easily avoided by better decision-making.  As fast-paced as you have to be, take a second to think through the repercussions of your actions and the exposure it will cause. It will allow you to avoid a ton of problems down the line.

All in all, you need to enjoy what you are doing and make sure to manage yourself.  Listen to your reactions and make sure you are good. Self-retention above all else.  If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at erik@hawkemedia.com.

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