Today I have a guest post from the lovely Martita Robinson, AKA the Luminescent Diva (I know, match made in heaven, right?). Martita’s work is all about managing anxiety, something that us entrepreneurs can often face (and something I know a lot about first hand). So, over to Martita to give us some handy tops on how to reduce anxiety while running your new business.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if starting and running a business wasn’t so fucking stressful and full of anxiety?
Then that tally you created on Evernote wouldn’t feel like a monstrosity of a mountain sitting on your beautifully rounded shoulders—rather, a fun frisky puppy pulling you towards your destination.
Life would be so simple then. All you’d need is some puppy treats and you’d be well on your way into six-figures and writing amazing guest posts like these.
Ah. The good life.
But honestly, starting and running your business doesn’t have to be so hard. One of the things I learned about starting my own business (with three kids under the age of 4 and ahusband to take care of (don’t tell him I said that)), is that creating a foundation for your business really can be fun and anxiety free.
It simply takes incorporating a few things into your daily life to help relieve some of that tension.
Here are five things that I do on the daily to stay focused, peaceful, and most of all, anxiety free:
1. Give up the timeline!
Listen. You’re not running a marathon here. Your business isn’t going anywhere. I get it. You’re dying to get to the finish line. You want your business up and running. But is it really worth all the anxiety you’re feeling in the end? And the bigger question—is that anxiety getting you anywhere?
Take your time. Your business is going to start when it’s going to start—and no sooner. There’s just no point in getting anxious over dates. The universe knows what you need. Let it give it to you. Take it day by day. Surrender.
2. Use Lists.
Lists are the business owner’s gateway to peace.
If you learn nothing else from this article, learn that there is power in creating a list. Something about getting everything down on paper that is just so calming. When it’s running around in your head it feels heavy and cluttered, and massive. But if you write everything down it really doesn’t seem so bad.
Every day that you’re able to work on your business, write out your tasks. And as you finish them, scratch them off. This way you can see there is movement taking place and you’re not standing still at the water table while every other runner (or entrepreneur) passes you by.
3. Meditation time
Whether you’re launching or in the beginning stages of your business where you’re trying to get it together, fit in some meditation time. Being able to relax when you need to is the ultimate anxiety killer.
Meditation is going to teach you how to chill even when your brains trying to go the other route. Like working overtime with thoughts like “You’re never going to get launched. You’re a fraud. No one is going to buy your services.”
It takes some practice to tune yourself into meditation, but you’ll be glad you did.
4. Enjoy the moment.
It’s tough to imagine, but this is the only time where you’re going to look at this process in this light again. You’re creating a baby here! Well, a baby business. And the creation stage is just as fun, exciting and fulfilling as rockin’ out your business as you’re dying to do.
You’re not going to find yourself starting this business for the very first time again, so embrace it. Love it.
Enjoy it. This stage will not last.
5. Finally, keep your eyes focused on the goal.
It’s easy as hell to get into the funk. You know that funk I’m talking about. That nasty negative frame of mind that keeps you feeling like a loser.
Don’t let it happen.
The second you start thinking gloomy thoughts, change your focus to where you’re headed. Picture yourself after the business has started and you’re successful. Really see yourself in the role that you’ll be playing. This will keep you in the frame of mind you need to be in to succeed.
Print this resource out, Evernote it, or pin it. Do whatever you need to do to remember to implement these. Because although they sound great on paper, they ain’t worth a lick unless you remember to practice.
To your peace and your business,
P.S Taking a minute to enjoy a piece of chocolate can help too.
Spiritual leader and author, Martita Robinson is fiercely committed to guiding strong, amazing women towards inner transformation, peace, and connection to the constant state of awareness that lies within, using her method, The Flow™. She specializes in anxiety coaching and teaches her program, the Anxiety Detox in the process. You can learn more about her here.