Have you ever made a decision out of anxiety that you know wasn’t the right one? Yeah, I’m sure you have. I’m sure you’ve been so anxious about something going on that you made a rash decision.
That decision had a negative impact on your business along with your personal life. It made things so much harder than they had to be and now you’re kicking yourself.
You can’t help wondering why you made that decision when you know it wasn’t a good one. You can’t help wondering why you keep making decisions like that when you know they are rash.
It shouldn’t be so hard to keep a rational head during times of stress but it does leave you wondering. Keeping a rational head during times of stress or anxiety shouldn’t be as hard as our mind makes it.
This is where I can help you. I have some tips about how to keep from letting anxiety run the decisions in your business. Are you ready for them?
1. Don’t be afraid to walk away from your computer.
Sometimes we need a break from the thing that gives us the stress at the moment. That means you have to take some time away from your computer and that’s fine in this case.
Don’t be afraid to take some time away as a break so you can come back to the situation with fresh eyes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this myself.
It’s normal to have anxiety in certain doses but if it becomes overwhelming, take a break. Take a walk out in the park or play with your children…whatever it takes.
2. Meditate to clear your mind of the anxiety.
Using meditation to clear your mind of stress and anxiety can get rid of the chance it has to make a decision for you. I meditate myself so I know how much it can work for you in the long run.
Make sure to break away from your computer long enough to meditate. Do not become so fixated on your anxiety-inducing problems that you can’t make time to find a solution.
If you’ve never meditated, you can go to YouTube for several videos on guided meditation. Here is one I like to use from time to time when I’m feeling especially anxious about something.
3. Do something you enjoy for a few hours.
Make sure you’re doing something you enjoy when you do break away from the computer. You can sit down to read a book or go outside and play sports.
As long as you aren’t thinking about your problems in a way that induces further anxiety, you can have some fun. You’ll relax and return to your computer with fresh eyes.
You can do something you enjoy for a few hours or even up to a full work day. You need to make sure, though, that you are thinking about your anxiety in a constructive way.
4. Ask others for their opinion on the situation.
Asking others for help in a situation can give you a new perspective that you didn’t even think about. You can use Facebook groups for this or even Twitter chats.
Always make sure that you are going to people who understand the nature of owning a business. You don’t want to ask a random stranger for advice and not get anything you can use.
Having a new perspective on your problem can help you come up with the proper solution. This can happen without the overwhelm that can come from time to time if you obsess over your problem.
Not Letting Anxiety Run the Decisions in Your Business
Letting anxiety run the decisions in our business can have a catastrophic effect. It can ruin chances with new clients down the road or even ruin friendships.
Don’t give your anxiety a chance to thrive in these conditions. It will take hold of anything it can get its grubby hands on. It won’t let go until you destroy its roots.
Make sure to leave your feedback in the comments below. Make sure to check out my YouTube channel here, where I’ll be sharing my thoughts about mental health.
Overwhelm helps me succeed in my business. You never thought you’d read a sentence like that, did you? Yeah…well, I didn’t think I’d ever write a sentence like that either.
Feelings of overwhelm can be a very tricky thing to deal with, especially if you have anxiety like me. It can be hard to focus around those feelings of anxiety caused by overwhelm.
How are you supposed to get everything done on your to-do list if you’re freaking out about it? That’s a question that goes through my mind every day and it’s one I’m going to help you with today.
I wanted to share five simple ways overwhelm helps me succeed in my business. This way, you can learn from them for your business as well. Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. I want perfection, which causes overwhelm.
Wanting perfection isn’t so bad if it didn’t cause me a certain degree of overwhelm. For me, overwhelm is a huge problem since it doesn’t take much to cause it.
As I’ve said several times before, I have severe anxiety where overwhelm is a normal part of everyday life. I have certain tasks that cause me anxiety, which then causes me to feel overwhelmed.
Wanting perfection with every task I take on causes me a certain degree of overwhelm. It also makes me try harder at the task at hand, which is a good thing since I want success.
2. I get more done because I’m scared of not getting it all done.
Nine times out of ten, I have these large to-do lists that cause me to feel overwhelmed. I don’t know how I’m going to get all these tasks done and the overwhelm causes quite a bit of nausea.
This overwhelm helps me succeed in my business because I get more done. I’m so scared that I won’t get everything done that I end up getting more done than I thought I would.
I always feel this sense of accomplishment after I get more tasks done. I’ve been chasing that sense of accomplishment for years now and hope you come to do so as well.
3. Being overwhelmed causes me to take a look at my to-do list.
Sometimes I get to the point where I’m so overwhelmed that I have to take a hard look at my to-do list. Sometimes there’s too much on it for me to take care of in one day.
This is a hard pill for me to swallow and it doesn’t get easier in time, no matter how many people say that. I like to do certain things on certain days, though sometimes those tasks just can’t be done.
This sense of overwhelm helps me succeed in a different sort of way. It helps me judge which tasks are more important so those tasks get done first. That makes sense to you, right?
4. I’ll complete the tasks that cause the most overwhelm first.
There will always be tasks on my to-do list that cause me quite a bit of overwhelm. The tasks are sometimes downright scary to me and I never seem to want to do them.
These tasks are anything from calling people or speaking in front of people. Sometimes it includes going live on Facebook, which is still a frightening thing for me.
This type of overwhelm helps me succeed in my business because I like to get these tasks out of the way. Once these tasks are out of the way, I can move on to tasks that are easier for me to complete.
5. I’m feeling better in the end after the overwhelm is gone.
I’ll start feeling much better at the end of the day once the overwhelming feelings are gone. I have never been good with overwhelm and I’ve had problems dealing with it in the past.
I’m sure you can relate to the feeling of relief I get once all the overwhelming tasks are out of my way. My to-do list for the next day looks much more fun to me and yours should as well.
This feeling helps me succeed by giving me determination for work the next day. I have always enjoyed my work as an entrepreneur, after all.
Over to You!
Overwhelming tasks on a to-do list can be exhausting for you both mentally and physically. Getting the more exhausting tasks out of the way first can help you succeed more in your business.
Now that I’ve shared how overwhelm helps me succeed, what about you? Comment below with how overwhelm helps you succeed!
Anxiety can be a very difficult thing to deal with, especially on a daily basis as an entrepreneur. What’s even worse is finding the core of your anxiety or what caused it to happen in the first place.
Delving deep into one’s anxiety when they aren’t sure what caused it can be quite the task to undertake. Being an entrepreneur with an unsteady income can make that anxiety shoot up.
The temptation of that freedom lifestyle is hard for anyone to resist. Want to know what’s even harder to deal with? The idea that you have no idea what you’re jumping into.
The fear of the unknown can plague us all. It can make us wonder why we do what we do. When we are feeling the effects of the anxiety, it can make us wonder how well we’re doing.
Why can’t finding out why we feel the anxiety be so easy? Why can’t it be as easy as thinking about that leap of faith you took? Well, my friend, that’s where I can help you.
I know the anxiety far too well – I’m being treated for it, actually. I know why I feel the way I do. I want to help you find out why you’re feeling this way as well. Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. When was the first time you remember feeling the anxiety?
This question can sometimes be a difficult one to answer. This is especially true for me when I’m trying to find the core of my own anxiety. I know it’s hard to think about but do it anyway.
If you don’t do it for me, then do it for yourself. Finding the core of your anxiety is the key here, after all. When was the first time you remember dreading that task you hate?
While you’re thinking about an answer to this question, I want you to ask yourself a second question. What is the task or tasks you dread doing every time you do it?
Ask yourself why you dread it. Perhaps it’s cold-calling or cold-emailing people about becoming clients. What makes you dread those tasks? Could they be adding to your anxiety?
Those are tasks that add to my own stress levels. I wouldn’t be surprised if they add to yours as well. Don’t be afraid to delve deep so you can do some major healing!
2. What makes you feel the most anxious?
Think for a moment here for me. Out of the tasks you dread doing on a regular basis, which task do you dread the most? What about that task do you dread?
Is it a task that makes you nervous about completing it? Is there is something particular about the task that makes it unappealing to you?
For me, that is cold-emailing people due to the high chance of rejection. I got several rejections from brands when first starting out as a freelance writer.
Don’t get me started on the one I got from one travel brand. The lady told me “kindly take me off your direct solicitation list. Thank you.” The horror, right?
I can’t even begin to tell you about the level of disappointment running through my body after that. This is the result I didn’t want and it was worse than I could have imagined.
Ask yourself one question about this task when you discover what task makes you anxious. What about that task makes you anxious the most? Is it the fear of rejection or the fear of change?
3. How do you feel when you’re anxious?
This is the hardest part to talk or even think about for some people. It is easier for some but I do want you to think about your anxiety for a moment.
What are you feeling when you’re anxious? Is your heart racing and your palms sweaty? Are you stuttering when asked a question, your cheeks flaming?
What about your mind’s ability to focus? I’ll wager a bet here and say it is gone to shit as well. Has it? I thought so! You can’t seem to focus in on one thought, huh?
The ability to calm yourself down before going into full-on panic mode can be a tricky one. It may even seem to be elusive to you for a little while, especially when you’re panicking.
4. Is there a particular event that triggered you?
Sometimes there is a specific event that may have triggered the anxiety to begin. For me, that was learning how to drive when I was a teenager.
The anxiety has followed me into adulthood since my case is hereditary. Each case is different and I am definitely not a psychiatrist.
You don’t even have to take my word for it either! Take a look at CalmClinic, which says every type of anxiety is different. (If you’ve never heard of CalmClinic before, check them out!)
Some people have manageable anxiety but there was a certain event that worsened it. They could leave for days and then come back.
What is it for you that causes you to have anxiety on levels like mine? Is it your job or is it the thought of LEAVING that job? For me, it’s both cases but then my answer is different than yours.
I want you to think about the answer to this question for me. I want you to think about it so you can know when the anxiety and panic are coming. What’s causing it for you?
5. What do you do to combat the anxiety?
This is a question I get asked a lot by my fellow entrepreneurs when they realize what I’m going through. How can I fight the anxiety that wants to overwhelm me?
Well, my friend. I don’t have a straight, one-fits-all answer for you. I will say that it depends on your level of anxiety. It also depends on what your favorite tasks are.
You should take a break from those loathsome tasks to do something you love doing. Pick up a journaling habit so you can write about the less-than-savory activities.
You can also do what I do: listen to music while doing EVERYTHING. Yes, I listen to music all the time. I read just as much to get my mind on something besides overwhelming anxiety.
What’s it gonna be for you? What can YOU do to shut your brain off, even for a few moments out of your day? When you find that something, do it for a block of time EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Over to You!
How are you going to fight the anxious feelings you get about your least favorite tasks? I dare you to tell me in the comments below, my friend!
Being an entrepreneur and living the freedom lifestyle is enticing to many people. There are some of us, though, that are much more cautious at the thought of it. I am wary toward every decision we have to make in regards to that leap of faith.
I know there will be times of hardship in front of me if I do, in fact, take that leap. I’m all too aware that there will be times when the money is hard to come by. It’s rather obvious to those of us with anxiety that the leap may turn out to be outrageous.
I quake at the thought of every single unknown in the dark tunnel known as “making ourselves visible”. I have panic attacks at night as we lie awake in bed, staring at the ceiling. I don’t know when the results of our efforts will come from.
I am one of those people who are anxious about taking that leap. I have anxiety at every decision I’ve ever faced in my business. The thought of parting with my hard-earned money brings panic attacks nightly.
There are usually several thoughts running through my head on a daily basis. “Is there a cheaper way to do this? What’s the point of getting this if I can learn the same thing from that? Why is that course so damned much?!”
Yeah, you get the idea I’m making here. You have them too from time to time, though you know the course is valuable for furthering your business. Forking over the money is difficult at first but once you do, it’s like weight lifted off your shoulders.
There are certain questions running through your own mind as you sit here. Why can’t I make my brand be successful like the people I see on Facebook Ads? What am I doing wrong and how can I fix it? Is anxiety preventing my brand’s success?
These questions are exactly why I want to tell you about how anxiety prevents my success. I want to take you through the areas of my brand that anxiety is preventing me from fulling exploring. I want to show you that you aren’t the only one with this issue.
1. I choke at investing money into my business.
This has been an issue for me for a very long time. I have never been the type to spend money irrationally. I would much rather save it for future endeavors in case my money dries up. The very thought of spending money on my business is outrageous to me.
I know the adage “you have to spend money to make money” and understand the idea behind it. I know you have to invest time and money alike to get the results you are chasing after. The problem is that anxiety is preventing me from doing that.
Thoughts like “what if I don’t get the results promised?” keep going through my head as I stare at my screen for 10 minutes. I struggle over purchasing a course and end up not purchasing it because my anxiety prevents me.
Because of my anxiety, it takes a lot to convince me to buy expensive courses. I have to trust the person teaching the material on the course. Otherwise, I won’t buy the course and they’re out of their money.
2. I can’t make huge decisions without a panic attack.
There are certain decisions I can’t make because of the panic attacks. Nine times out of ten, I am panicking about purchasing something business-related. The higher the cost of the item, the bigger the possibility that I’ll panic.
I know my anxiety prevents my success because of this panic over certain decisions. The bigger the decision, the later I’ll lie awake in bed at night about it. The thoughts race in my head in circles to the point where I can’t begin to concentrate.
I can’t make any sort of decision if I can’t concentrate on it. I am left with a panic attack, which can last until the early morning hours. It results in me not being any closer to a decision. I’m also left with more questions than answers.
3. I know what’s going on but I can’t do anything about it.
When the anxiety rears its ugly head, I know exactly what’s going on. The anxiety ties my hands when it comes to doing anything about it. My mind tells me there is nothing I can do about it. I am left with frustration and the feeling of being an utter failure.
My mind is aware of what’s going on with the anxiety but it puts itself into a panic about it. It knows this feeling is nowhere near normal but it doesn’t know how to fix it. It’s sick and it’s trying its best to get better but it’s like it can’t get better.
When you have anxiety, it’s like you’re paralyzed. Your eyes can move but your body can’t move from the neck down. Your brain is telling your body to move but the body refuses to respond. How would your mind react other than to panic?
4. I am easily overwhelmed when it comes to your business.
There are what seems like a million things you need to do as a business owner. There are so many tasks on my to-do list, it’d seem, that I get overwhelmed quite easily. I don’t know where to turn first so I begin to panic.
It’s not hard for me to become overwhelmed with what may seem like a smaller task. I see the whole bigger picture and the end of the tunnel seems so very far away from my current position. My mind can’t seem to help panicking about it at the end of the day.
My anxiety prevents my success because the to-do list is so overwhelming. There are so many things we need to do that I end up having a panic attack. Have you ever had few moments where you hyperventilate and can’t catch your breath? Yeah…I thought so.
5. You have to take small baby steps to get anything accomplished.
Because of my own experience with anxiety, I have to take baby steps to get a major task accomplished. I break the monthly goal up into smaller weekly tasks. I then break those weekly tasks up into daily tasks so I won’t become overwhelmed.
My anxiety prevents my success here because I let myself see the monthly tasks instead of the daily ones. I let myself see all the obstacles in my way and it bothers me to the point of panicking over it.
Breaking up larger tasks into smaller tasks without the overwhelm is a great way to get things done. Nine times out of ten, you don’t realize how much you’ve gotten done until later. It helps to prevent overwhelm as well. Ya dig?
Over to You!
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You stare at a blank computer screen as your thoughts race along in your head. You can feel the beginnings of sweat rolling down the back of your neck. You breathe quickly as you become unable to catch your breath fully. You can feel the panic setting in as you wonder how you are supposed to be taking care of everything you need to just to feel accomplished for the day.
You have never felt this way before so you don’t know what it is or even what to call it. Your eyes scan the area quickly as you begin to wonder how you got to this point. Your schedule is so full you have no hope of finishing everything in one day. That thought alone causes the panic now going out of control in your mind.
You close your eyes tightly as you lower your head onto your hands. You’re shaking by this point but have no idea how you can solve it. Why can’t you be more productive like the other successful entrepreneurs you see on Facebook? Why is it so hard to get everything done? I’ve had that question in my head and so much more during my time as an entrepreneur.
Being someone with constant anxiety, this is a scenario that plays out for me all the damn time. You don’t know when it starts or when it will end for you. That’s not to mention just how brutal this time is for you. This is why I wanted to discuss this sensation with you today.
I wanted to talk about how to tell if you have anxiety as an entrepreneur while also explaining how to combat it. Take it from someone who knows the scenery: it may be difficult to live with it and it’s easier to let it consume you.
You get easily overwhelmed at your to-do list.
Getting overwhelmed at the thought of the tasks on your to-do list is a common sight for those of us with anxiety. Having a long to-do list may not bother other people with this mental block but it seems like a mountain of tasks to someone whose anxious. You don’t know how you’re going to get everything done and you end up abandoning it quite often.
Breaking this to-do list into a more manageable list can be a great way to defeat the overwhelm. For me, I always have a weekly to-do list with one major task to accomplish for the day. I will get that task done as quickly as possible with as few errors as possible. I will then work on other tasks if I have the time to do so.
Breaking it up into bite-sized tasks works better for me. I often have anxiety attacks if I have huge lists. Having only one task per day with a bigger goal in mind often helps me from getting overwhelmed since I look at that task only. I don’t look at the bigger picture or I’ll become panicky all over again.
You become snappy when someone interrupts you during this time.
Have you ever been in panic mode and someone walks into your office for a chat? Did you take a figurative look at your response to that interruption? Taking a look into your reaction will more than likely show you that you snapped at the person. It doesn’t matter who they are; you’ll snap at them since you feel you have too much going on.
You feel like you don’t have time to deal with something else on your plate as well. It might even be the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. This will become the point where you give up for the day, if not the entire week. You think in your mind that you’ll get more of it done tomorrow with a clearer head. You can’t work like this, after all. Right?
This is the way I used to be as I sat in front of my laptop, wondering how I was going to make enough money to survive month-to-month. I was looking at the big picture and was overwhelmed by all the tasks in front of me. That is when I snap at everyone trying to get my attention. I couldn’t get ANYTHING done because of it.
When you get to this point, I want you to take a step back. You need to breathe for a few moments before you respond to this person. You can explain all you have to get done today while asking if whatever they need can wait. If it can’t, you can always come back to your tasks with a clearer mindset. Taking a break will always help you in the end, right?
You spend too much time wondering how you’re going to get everything done.
Have you ever meant to spend only ten minutes on Facebook and find out you’ve spent over an hour on it? Have you ever sat there, staring at the screen, and wonder how you’re going to get everything done in one day? At this point, your heart begins to race as you wonder about an answer to your question.
You shudder at how long you’re going to have to work just to get everything done. Could it even be possible without having to stay up most of the night? You think not but then miracles could happen at any time, right? You can’t help wondering if your parents were right about that. They had tried getting you to believe it but you couldn’t make yourself do it.
This symptom is something everyone goes through from time to time. You have to be determined to step away from the social media in order to get your tasks done. If the task does not involve the internet, then you could shut it off. You could go as far as to shut off your digital devices altogether. You can do whatever works best for you.
You’re nervous ALL THE TIME. Like, heart-racing and adrenaline-pumping nervous.
This is something I have personally dealt with since high school. From the time I wake up until the time I fall asleep, I am nervous to the point of throwing up. Did you think you were alone in this? Think you were alone as you look over your shoulder every time you hear a noise? Those are things I do on a regular basis.
Revealing this fact about me has never been an issue. I don’t want people to think they are going through anything on their own. I know how heavy that can feel and how quickly it could lead to depression. Again, this is something I deal with on a daily basis. Personally, I am going to therapy and getting medicated for it.
My suggestion would be to get checked out by a PCP at the very least. At least a doctor in your insurance network. Prescription medication can get quite expensive so that might not be the best solution for you. My other suggestion is to see a therapist about the problem. The therapist would be able to tell you why you are feeling this way. You know, like an underlying issue.
Your heart races at the thought of doing tasks that make you nervous.
You will always have those tasks you can’t stand. You have spent all your life doing those tasks while you were in school. You also had them at your corporate job to the point where you dreaded going in to work each morning. You didn’t know how much longer you could take those tasks because you hated it so much.
I hate to tell you this, my new buddy, but you’ll have tasks as an entrepreneur that you’ll hate as well. You will run into those tasks, like cold-calling people to attain clients, that you won’t want to do. You’ll try to hedge around these tasks or even try to find another way to accomplish them. I have tried to do it myself and it has never worked for me.
I always do the dreaded task in the end, no matter how much I dread it. My palms would sweat while completing the task and my heart would try to race out of my chest. I would even second-guess myself while doing it. You are doing the same thing now and it doesn’t help your drive to get the task done. By this point, you’re feeling miserable.
One thing you could always do to pep yourself up to doing the task would be to do something you like first. You could do something like drink a beer (I wouldn’t condone more than one!), or spend a few moments on Facebook. Do your favorite task first so you can feel more relaxed about this task you dread so much.
Over to You!
Sometimes all you need to do when you have this anxiety is to take a step back. Your mind needs another task so it can refresh itself from the stress of anxiety. It may not be as easy for you but don’t let yourself become too stressed that you quit. I’m sure you don’t want to fail, after all. Take a look at the break-down of failure I found! Scary, right?
What else have you noticed about your anxiety as an entrepreneur? Do you experience symptoms other than what I’ve listed here? I want to know about it – drop me a comment about it below!
I watch my Facebook feed as a member of a group shares the anxiety she is feeling over her latest task. The girl feels like she is drowning in a sea of anxiety. Anxiety in entrepreneurs like her can be quite devastating.
The girl, we’ll call her “Ashley”, worries about where she’ll find her first client. She is very short on money this month. She wonders where she’ll get the money to pay her rent and keep the internet on long enough to start her business.
She shakes out of fear as she asks group members she can trust about what she should do about her situation. Offering advice on this issue is easy for people who have been in her situation more than once.
Anxiety in entrepreneur mindsets can be a very dangerous thing. It can be very insidious as it wriggles its way into every facet of your life. I can tell you with a certainty that you won’t see it coming until it is too late.
The anxiety can stem from several different places, my friend. I’m here to explain today where some of the anxiety comes from. Read along while I explain where entrepreneurs feel anxiety. Who knows? You might feel it in these areas as well!
Anxiety in Entrepreneurs: The Beginning of Hell
Anxiety in entrepreneurs can mark the beginning of mental hell for all involved. It can be even worse for the people working under them in their business. It can manifest itself in many different ways, which I’ll get into later in this post.
Let’s think for a moment about all the stress entrepreneurs go through in a day. I want you to think about every task the business owner has to fit into a mere 12 hours per day. Service-based entrepreneurs don’t get to leave their businesses in an office.
It’s a true nightmare if their office is inside in their home. They can close the door behind them but their thoughts remain in that office long after they vacate it. Think about that for a moment, my friend.
I have a few symptoms of anxiety to “discuss” with you tonight. The anxiety triggers will cover quite a few facets of the business. Have you felt any of these triggers yourself? Take a few moments as you read along to see if you have or not.
1. How the heck do I find my ideal clients?
This was a source of great anxiety for us all when we started as entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter what type of client we cater to, nor what industry they are in. We all ask this question and some have considerable amounts of anxiety over it.
Anxiety for entrepreneurs in this stage can be overwhelming. It can be especially overwhelming when you’re first starting out. There is a major case of information overload at first when you’re trying to find your client.
You try to find as much information as you can about where to find them. You don’t realize until it’s too late that you’ve got too damn much of it. You might be chuckling at the moment but think about the poor folks who don’t know any better. Horrible, right?
2. I’m supposed to fit HOW MANY TASKS into my day?
Most people don’t realize how much an entrepreneur has to complete in one day. Sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day to complete everything. This will cause anxiety in entrepreneurs who aren’t used to the strain of it all.
For entrepreneurs who are new to the idea of being one, they don’t know what the title covers. They don’t realize how much work goes into a business like the one they’re trying to build. They didn’t realize what all goes into it because they didn’t research into it.
There are quite a few millennial entrepreneurs who tire of the corporate ladder. They don’t want to climb it only to have their job eliminated once they get there. These are the ones who turn to starting their own business.
These are also the ones who don’t realize what they are getting into by starting their own business. They don’t see the ups and downs of it so they don’t see the stress. Frankly, they didn’t see the behind-the-scenes looks before they jumped right in.
In fact, quite a few of these entrepreneurs are asking the question when they first start. How much do I have to do in one day? If they are chasing the accomplishment they feel afterwards, it would have to be quite a bit.
3. Why is this client so angry with me today? What did I do?
This is another question that can create quite a bit of anxiety in entrepreneurs. Sometimes we don’t know why the client is mad so it makes us wary of what we could’ve done. We often go through everything leading up to this, wondering what went wrong.
This situation can be quite tense and we must take time to cool off from the frustration and anxiety. We definitely don’t want to do something we would regret later. We love to keep clients on the roster but sometimes we can’t do that, no matter how hard we try.
I know it can be difficult to sever ties with a client, which leads to other feelings of anxiety. Take a look at number five on my list if you want an example of other anxiety from this situation. Fixation can happen if we let it and it turn ugly if we don’t watch it.
4. I owe WHAT for that service?
There are some instances where unexpected bills pop up. This leads, of course, to anxiety in entrepreneurs as well. It can be tough in the months where you may not have the money to cover it. This leads to even more anxiety if you didn’t have a nest egg to fall on for situations like this one.
In fact, I have a situation like this one when it comes to medical bills. I won’t get into the medical procedure (gross alert!) but I’ve been fighting with the people who did the procedure. It’s a long story but it’s been causing me quite the anxiety.
If you feel that the company you went through is charging too much, don’t be afraid to argue with them. I know it will cause more anxiety but don’t pay it right away. If you do have the niggling feeling, don’t ignore it in the back of your mind.
5. What can I do to make rent this month?
Sometimes you may not have enough clients to pay the bills one month. You begin to think of other ways you can pay the bills to make ends meet. You think about sacrificing coffee from Starbucks to make sure your lights stay on.
This thought causes a lot of stress since you weren’t thinking you’d have months like this one so early on. You knew it was coming but not so quickly in your entrepreneurial journey. You know you can make it work but at what cost to you?
That thought crosses your mind as you look at other side hustles for more money to get that extra money you need. You know there may not be a quick fix but you need to do SOMETHING, right? You don’t want to have to ask for money from your parents again.
It may hurt to do that but sometimes you have to put your tail between your legs. You have to do whatever you need to make your business work. You don’t want to go back to a corporate job, no matter how hard this entrepreneurial journey is.
Over to You, Buddy!
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