Let me guess: your schedule is busy. Back to back calls, appointments, and time blocks designed to help you get it all done. Stacks of files and emails that need your review. Marketing campaigns that don’t go quite the way you were hoping (or bomb completely). Oh, and unexpected “Do you have a minute?” conversations that turn out to take far longer than a minute. It’s all part of owning a growing business, but at times, it can take a toll.
As a business owner, your mindset is one of your most powerful tools. Your skills, your strategic mind, and your drive all play a part in the success of your business, but if you allow distractions to pull you down, your business and your personal life will still suffer.
It happens to all of us at one time or another, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it keep happening.
Instead, choose to thrive. This requires reframing your outlook!
Understand Your Triggers
Everyone has certain things that trigger an unwanted result. If you are a planner by nature, having things done in a haphazard way can send you into a fit of anxiety. If you are very creative, taking on strict deadlines can feel stifling.
You started your business with certain goals in mind: perhaps you wanted the freedom to set your own hours and choose your own clients. Maybe the pandemic changed your career plans, and you decided to become an entrepreneur.
Whatever your reason and goals, consistently growing a business takes a different set of skills than starting one.
As a business owner, it is vital to understand your own personality and identify the things that are likely to trigger you. By setting up systems that work with these traits (instead of against them) and creating a culture that encourages open communication, you can stop many of these situations from happening. this is a win-win for everyone involved!
They will still happen, however; people are not perfect, and there are times that you will get thrown off track. That’s just reality.
How you approach those situations will make all the difference!
Reframe Your Outlook
Much of the time, taking a step back to assess and breathe will help you find the solutions you’re looking for.
Is your schedule too busy? (No judgment zone – we’ve all been there!) A packed calendar is something you can handle for short periods of time, but no one can thrive when they’re slammed all the time. Even very dominant, competitive personalities need some downtime. We need balance.
Rather than getting stressed about your schedule, stop for a moment to evaluate why it’s so packed. Are you taking things on that your team could do? Are things scheduled during times of day that just don’t work for you? Would it be feasible to bring on a new team member to take some of the load off of you?
Then, get together with your Executive Assistant or Admin to figure out a plan of attack. Design a schedule that lets you work in optimal ways and let your EA be your gate keeper. Instead of allowing everyone to take “just a moment” of your day, have them approach your EA. If it’s actually urgent, a quick conversation or call can be fit in your day; if it’s not, their need can be put on your to-do list.
Maybe your stress is coming from things that just don’t seem to be working – things like marketing campaigns gone wrong or an unanticipated client situation that blew up.
Reframing your outlook can do a lot to help you here as well.
We have high hopes for our marketing campaigns and client management systems, but they’re not perfect. They depend largely on the decisions of others, and there are parts of them that are unique to each business. It’s disappointing when they go wrong, but realize that they give you a chance to learn something very important.
Learning what doesn’t work is just as important as learning what does.
When something goes wrong, take a step back to really understand what you can learn from it and evaluate what can be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. While these situations are never comfortable, ultimately they will serve to help you build a stronger business and a stronger team.
Take Time to Thrive
Our businesses are important to us – in a way, they are part of us. We pour ourselves into them, giving time, money, and tons of effort into building them. And that’s not a bad thing!
Being a business owner isn’t your sole identity, though. You’re also a person. Maybe you’re a mom or dad, a husband or wife, a friend, a traveler, someone who loves to be outdoors, someone who wants to make a difference. You’re a person with your own dreams and goals – and as much as you love your business, you want to make those dreams and goals a reality.
This is largely why you started your business in the first place – to have something you built that can give you the freedom to live the life you want to live. And it’s time to start doing so!
If you’re ready to start thriving, let me know – this is what my team and I are here to help you do!
Remember to register for my free September webinar, Recalibrating to Thrive Every Day – it will be full of tips, strategies, and resources to help you live your best life while growing a profitable business!