A little anxiety or worry is helpful. It can help you perform better. For instance, if you have to give a presentation and you feel a little bit worried, you prepare more therefore you perform better. However, excessive worry is harmful to your business. Worrying about your business can stop your creativity and productivity. Once worry sets in, it eats into you, you don’t sleep, you get agitated, you become irrational and you end up making decisions that you are likely to regret later. Not to count the fact that you get argumentative and may end up losing your precious customers.
As a business owner, it’s normal to be anxious about your business. After all when it’s your business you’re responsible for it. If it goes down, you will go down with it and you can’t blame anybody for it. However, you can’t let worries take over. If it does, it will bring your business to its knees. Luckily, worrying is a habit and like any habit, it can be undone.
Put your worries into perspective
Personally, I’m a worrier, a product of a very eventful childhood (I’m reserving that story for another day.) However, I’ve learned to keep my worries under control by putting it into perspective.
To put worry into perspective, ask yourself: “Can I do something about it?” If you can, then do it. If you can’t, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” “Can I live with it?” It is almost always that the answer to the last question is “yes.” If that’s the case, what’s the point of worrying about it?
I admit that your worries won’t disappear entirely, but they became under control and will not take over your life.
Write down your worries
Another trick you can use when you are worried is writing your worries down.
By putting your worries on paper, you’ve taken them out of your head and therefore can stop thinking about them. When worries are written down, you can also look at them more objectively.
If you can’t do something about the situation that’s worrying you, try writing it down then put it away. Then try not to think about it. Every time you think about it, tell yourself you’ll look into it later. After a week, read it and see if it’s still worrying you. If it still does, put it away again. You’ll find that after a week or two, the situation that gave you sleepless nights is not actually as bad as you thought it was.
Share your worries
Ok, I don’t mean that others should worry with you. That will be counter-productive. What I mean is talk to someone who you know can look at your worries objectively. You’ll find that by simply voicing out your worries, you’ve stop it going round and round your head, allowing you to get hold of it and look at it for what it is.
If it’s about business, I find that seeking professional business advice is always helpful. Yes, it may cost you £50 or £1000, but at the end it will always be worth the money you paid for it. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved.
Keep yourself busy
Do you remember the saying: “idle fingers are the devil’s playground” or something along that line? Well, it’s the same with idle minds. The more idle your minds, the more space there is for worry to occupy. So, if business is quiet, do something. Start that blog you’ve been thinking of writing or pick up the phone to make that call you’ve been avoiding. Do anything to keep your mind working to crowd out worries.
Well, that’s all for now and talk to you again next time. In the meantime, if you need someone objective to talk to about business, just give drop me a line.