Every entrepreneur will do far better with these seven stress reduction for business key tools. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
1) “Business needs a lifting purpose greater than the struggle of materialism.” Herbert Hoover
Being caught the rat race of making money is incredibly stressful. All business owners must have a higher purpose. Having a higher purpose will increase Dopamine (feel good hormone) and Oxytocin (trust hormone) levels in the body, so they can counter the natural production of destructive Cortisol and Adrenalin (more stress hormones, but the bad kind) that are part of acute and chronic stress. This video on the science of stress sheds some light on the picture.
2) “If you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter which road you take, does it.” The Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
Having a vision of where you are going in your business is critically important in terms of stress reduction for business. All day long, every day, business owners engage in highly stressful activities that lead to the creation of free radicals and eventually the oxidative stress that causes hundreds of different chronic degenerative diseases. By having a clearly defined vision—beginning with the end in mind or operating the business as a turn-key operation—you will streamline operations on a daily basis, ensuring a greater percentage of successes and far less frustration. Less frustration equals less business stress.
3) “Time is just another word for life.” Michael Gerber
If you want some business stress relief, time is not something to be taken for granted. Nothing will raise your stress level and steal your quality of life faster than a schedule out of control. Thankfully, time management is a learned skill. If you are not good at it, find the time to get good at it. A great tool for learning how to manage your time is EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
4) “The sad fact is that quantification is not being done in most businesses… and it’s costing them a fortune.” Michael Gerber
This is true of not only money, but quality of life. It is imperative that business owners learn to track their progress—and not just the hard numbers. Management and stress is not something to take lightly. It is also important to track the soft progress as well. These tracking tools are called strategic indicators and they are often general to all businesses, but, in some cases, they can also be very unique. That feeling of spinning your wheels and never knowing which end is up is a leading reason why so many businesses end in failure. Stress reduction for business should always be high on your list of priorities because eventually, your body will stop putting up with all the stress and if you don’t go crazy with depression, rage or anxiety, your body will ensure you go out of business by landing you in the hospital with a serious illness or disease. It is far better to develop ways to effectively monitor your daily operations than to create any of those far less desirable outcomes.
5) “All are but parts of one stupendous whole.” Alexander Pope
No part of any business operates as an island. To achieve true stress reduction for business, each department or division must become part of an interconnected whole. No person in a business should be so important that the business cannot survive without that person. Reduce your stress level significantly by thinking of your business as a system and by operating your business with clearly defined systems. By doing so, you reduce your dependency on people. Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth says, “People don’t fail, systems fail.” Nothing could be more accurate. So many business owners manage by abdication, when they should manage by delegation. Systems are what make delegation possible. A well designed and implemented system is one of the best stress reduction for business tools out there.
6) “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
So, what do you do when something goes wrong? What do you do about stress reduction for business? The most effective way to deal with problems is to learn from them so they don’t stay problems and so they are removed from the list of potential future problems. We are only as healthy and stress-free as our best problem solving skills allow. A famous person once said, “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again, but expect a different result.” In business, a major key to keeping stress at bay is to develop a way to analyze frustrations and problems. When something goes wrong, break it apart, take a close look and put it back together in a far more productive way. You will save yourself millions of free radicals in the future if you do.
7) “The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.” Seneca, the Younger, Latin Philosopher
Once you have taken the time to develop a higher purpose, a vision, some time management skills, some strategic indicators, some new systems, and some strong problem solving strategies, make sure you write it all down and train your people how to use the new tools and skills. One of the most effective ways ever conceived to reduce and even eliminate stress, avoid serious chronic degenerative disease, improve your quality of life and...let’s not forget…earn a whole lot more money, is to make your business predictable, consistent and easy for everyone (all stakeholders) to understand. If you do this, you will become a beacon, a superstar, a hero, in the realm of stress management gurus. Good luck!
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