The internet’s a pretty awesome thing, but . . .
Now it’s kind of obvious to us online business owners that the internet’s a pretty awesome thing. There are already well over 4 billion users. But even we probably underestimate what’s possible — and that really we’re just scratching the surface of its potential.
The fact that millions more people will be able to have their own thriving businesses doing things they’re passionate about — away from the corporate offices, where many sit for long hours at desks, sometimes not even seeing any natural light all day (which is also where I was at times, just a few years ago) —can only be a really great thing, right?
But it’s only really great if running our own business makes us healthier, happier, more prosperous and ultimately more fulfilled.
The sad fact is that many people start their own business with this freedom and prosperity in mind, only to become more stressed and work even more !
So… what’s the solution ?
Well there’s no quick fix or one single solution which will fit all. Some businesses may just not be viable for a start ! But the aspect that I’m fascinated by is that even if everything is so-say ‘right’ business-wise, the likes of stress, a weak mindset, emotional blocks or managing your time and energy poorly, can all spell disaster. My general (but possibly slightly controversial) view is that if there seems to be a piece of the puzzle still missing, then chances are one of these are to blame.
So what can you do about it?
Well, to start with you can ask yourself honestly if you get stressed out easily; if you feel, think and act positively; if you feel focused and manage your time and energy well . . . or if you seem to lurch from one extreme to another, mentally, emotionally or energetically.
And if you don’t feel in control of your stress levels, your emotions or you are plagued by negative thinking — take action to address these. Because this kind of personal mastery is a fundamental key to having a successful business – but one which is all too often overlooked. Personally I think it’s even more important than having a winning business plan . . . because the best business plan in the world is no use if you’re not in tip top form to implement it. As every entrepreneur or small business owner knows, your business is basically YOU – so you are the most important asset you have : your physical, mental and emotional health are the most vital priority . . . . not only while you’re building your empire, but also so you’re actually around to enjoy it when you have !
If this resonates with you, then I’m happy we’re on the same (virtual) page. You’re in the right place to ensure you look after your most vital asset . . . and can enjoy the fantastic opportunities our modern world offers for us to do business — and the work — we love.
Onwards and upwards ! a.k.a ‘Stress to Success’ 🙂
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