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Your Life Equals Less Stress, Right?
Well, yes and no. Many of us went from
a guaranteed salary at a large corporation to no guarantee of
when the money was going to come in. Not knowing when the next
paycheck is coming is extremely stressful. Although the stress
of becoming an entrepreneur can be a lot to manage, there are
ways to handle it.
First things first. Meditation
is a wonderful way to focus on your ultimate business goals and
to reduce the stress involved in meeting them. Take fifteen minutes
a day to relax in a quiet place and focus. If you can't find
this time during the day, do what I do and meditate before you
go to sleep. Think about why you chose the entrepreneurial path.
Was it to be your own boss and not have someone else make the
decisions? More time to be with your children and loved ones?
The potential for more money? Whatever the reason, take this
time to remember how wonderful it really is to become a business
owner, with you in full control of your own destiny. Focus on
the positive aspects of your business and what makes you really
enjoy working for yourself.
Another way to dissolve stress
is to write your goals and accompanying fears and anxieties down
on paper. Create a business-owner's journal of sorts that helps
you reflect on those very same goals I just reminded you of and
the associated stressful feelings. Write down the events that
trigger your stress. Is it trying to sell your service/product
on the phone and someone hung up on you? (It seems that the sales
end of my business has always caused me some stressful moments.
Whenever I read about my own sales-induced stress, this phrase
always helps me, "Some will. Some won't. So what? Someone's
waiting.") Maybe you can't find someone to watch your child
while you work. Make a list of different places you can place
ads for a caregiver such as a church, local newspaper or college.
Just writing positive steps toward a resolution can help reduce
Simplifying your life can be
easier when you realize that, although you've escaped a set of
problems created by working for others, a new and different set
will be encountered along the way. Nothing worth working toward
is easy. Success, as they say, is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
Stress is part of the equation toward a simpler life, but the
good news is that stress doesn't last forever.
Desiree Scales is the Owner of Bella Web Design at 3605 Sandy Plains Rd., Suite 240-121, Marietta,
GA 30066, Email: [email protected], Phone: 770-509-8797,
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