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Can You Handle the Stress of Running a Business?

Feeling pressured is natural, but it may be a deal-breaker for some would-be entrepreneurs.

There are two things that are true when it comes to being an entrepreneur, blogger, or internet marketing.  You’re hard at work trying grow, expand, and make money.  Or the ladder, you are not making it and not making money.  Honestly whichever possible you might be comes with a great deal of stress.

I know the feelings; I have been there and probably on both sides of the coin.  I have been so stressed I don’t know what to do next.  I have questioned if I can handle all this pressure, stress, and working like this.

If you have not been there, only wait because I sure you the time is coming that the stress building and comes down crashing like a wave and taking you under like and strong current going back into the deep ocean.

I understand everyone is different, every scenario has it’s only story.  But I also know the more I open up and start sharing my true feelings and experiences of dealing with stress, and I will come out and say it depression.  The more others from all walks rather they just starting up, long career of running multimillion-dollar companies.  We have dealt with some shape of pressure and stress before in our lives.

That’s why I want to take this time to share with you 7 valuable takeaways to hopefully help you through your times of stress.

Control Your Thoughts

I know this can be easier said than done sometimes.  But I know when I catch myself thinking something such as oh great its going to be another day like this.  I thinking it a few times and sure enough it turns out to be that type of day.

Though, on other occasions I have caught myself and told myself that I am not going to think this way and that I am going to work as hard as I can.  I know what I can control and I think is my thoughts.  If I start creating true thoughts that today is a good day that I can control and triumph over.  I find myself being able to overcome that bad day mentality.  I don’t want to paint the wrong picture and say that this is easy and that it always works out just so beautifully.  Though, I know I can control my thoughts that quickly turn into actions and moods.

Keep the Right Perspective

Here is one saying that I have tried to teach my kids practically from birth.  “Life is not fair, but God is in control.”  See it does not take much to look around and know that life is not fair. BUT there is a God that created everything and that is in control of everything.  The sad truth of the matter is that bad and horrible things happened all the time.  Think about the big picture and your life is not bad. Self pity can cripple your energetic entrepreneur spirit inside of you causing more stress.

We all know how being creative, starting something, or just making something is such a vital aspect of entrepreneurship.  You must have the right perspective to be able to continue to turn out those types of demands.

Create Accountability

You must create an culture and environment that does not allow excuses.  Being able to accept responsibility and not point fingers at everyone else is a must have in today’s fast pace business world.

Also being able to create this type of culture helps build healthy communication, understanding that pressure and deadlines within a reasonable amount given are a great way to keep each other accountable.  This is just a must have built in your structure to keep a strong growing foundation going.

Discern Fear from Anxiety

Fear is a healthy emotional boundary built within keeping you from going to far, reckless thoughts, and keeps us focused.  Fear is perfectly normal and okay emotion to have.  It can be help manage risks, protect, and even prompt you to extraordinary actions.

On the other hand anxiety is an irrational, unwarranted, unhealthy worrying. It’s best to be able to recognize and deal with anxiety as quickly as possible. I know, this not easy and usually takes a lot of work.  The bottom line is that you must handle and deal with this type of issues that come along.  If you have go and talk with a professional, hire a coach, or even consultant that can help you talk these issues out.

Prepare For The Times

One think I have experienced is knowing when my busy times of the years that come in go rather it be socially, family, or business.  It always seems as if I almost go into a cruise control mode right around the Christmas holidays it’s just a given that not much goes on around that time for me and my business.  With that shared, I know ahead of time of some of the bigger projects that are coming around and I can plan for those times and adjust according.

I know sometimes the spring seems to be a heavy time of new things.  And it always seems that I can catch myself getting extremely busy, sometimes overworked, and even overwhelmed with trying to juggle so many different projects.  So just be aware of stress that continues to happen in those busy seasons of life and business. Being able to acknowledge and sometimes plan for the storm before going into can help the matter.  Also this has helped me to come up with a full plan and schedule to try to limit some of the stress that I know might come right around the corner.

Talk Things Out

This may sounds more just like common sense, but in fact it is just that.  Sometimes we get so bogged down we forget about the little things that keep piling up and soon you just have so many thoughts, emotions, and even ideas completely buried down deep within yourself.

It’s important to create a solid sounding board rather that’s a team, a trusted co-worker, or even your spouse.  This is very important to be able to create a healthy communication with all busy things of life that we wrestle with every day.  Don’t point things off for another day or even moment.  Go find that someone and talk things out.

Forgive and Live

Everyone makes mistakes. It does not matter who makes the mistake, but you must learn to forgive.  If you make the mistake or your co worker, the bottom line is that you need to put those things behind and move on with life.

Being able to roll with mistakes and learn from them.  Sometimes is the most important to creating the next great thing within a business.  So being able to learn to handle those type of mistakes, forgive, and start living life to fullest!

Did this information help you with handling your stress? If so, please let me know! I want to hear success stories of how this blog is making a different in others lives.  Don’t hesitate another moment and let me know your thoughts by sharing your thoughts below in the comment section or contact page.

18 Responses to Can You Handle the Stress of Running a Business?

  1. Mel E May 15, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Eric,

    I really enjoyed this article, you made a lot of valid points. However I did notice you never mentioned how important exercise can be when it comes to dealing with stress.

    I find a good hearty workout when work related stress is getting to me to be the very best stress buster that there is. I combine exercise with many of the methods you mentioned, particularly talking things over and controlling my thoughts.

    Do you ever use positive visualization to help when you’re very stressed? I find it relaxes and re-centers me. (hmmm is re-centers actually a word?)
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    • Eric Pangburn May 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

      Hey,

      You bring up a excellent point. Exercise is yet another great way to burn off stress. There are a number of exercised, walks, lifting weight, going golfing that can really be put in the mix to help relieve stress.

      I truly believe in positive visualization, this is something playing sports that I learned and feel it be a very positive in many aspects of peoples lives. I honestly believe that positive visualization is something completely different than just positive thinking.

      Great thoughts, and thanks for sharing them.

      Eric

  2. John Brewer May 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Hey Eric,

    Man…this is something that I have been dealing with a lot lately. In fact, I have had a conversation with a friend about it.

    Some of the suggestions are things I have not thought about, so I will definitely be putting those into place.

    Thanks again for a solid article.

    John
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    • Eric Pangburn May 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      Hey John,

      The only way I was able to write this is because I honestly say I have been there and done that. I know the feelings, the hardships, and thankfully had good support to get me through. If you ever need to talk or need anything know I am hear and willing man.

      Thanks for sharing, and glad that this post could help!

      Eric

      • John Brewer May 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

        Eric,

        I will take you up on that some time. Thanks for responding back. I liked your reply to the first commentator about the exercise…I keep forgetting about that as well.

        Have a great one and thanks,

        John Brewer
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  3. harry May 17, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Hey,

    You accompany up a accomplished point. Exercise is yet addition abundant way to bake off stress. There are a amount of exercised, walks, appropriation weight, traveling golfing that can absolutely be put in the mix to advice abate stress.

    I absolutely accept in absolute visualization, this is something arena sports that I abstruse and feel it be a actual absolute in abounding aspects of peoples lives. I candidly accept that absolute decision is something absolutely altered than just absolute thinking.

    Great thoughts, and acknowledgment for administration them.
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