Special Sources of Stress for Entrepreneurs and How to Manage Them

entrepreneurship Mar 27, 2019

Whether you are a business professional, a new business owner, or a well-established entrepreneur with a thriving business, it is likely that, at some point, you will experience some degree of stress. Stress has become an epidemic over the past several decades, affecting people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions. However, due to the unique set of pressuresand daily requirements faced by professionals and business owners, it is necessary that entrepreneurs do something to combat their stress and launch themselves forward, successfully overcoming their difficulties and surpassing their original goals. Here are some simple ways you can start to improve your mental health while boosting your overall job performance.

Dealing with Money

It is important to be aware of the special sources of stress faced by higher level business professionals and business owners. First, there is the stress that comes from money. While most people experience some form of stress due to money, business...

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5 TIPS TO AVOID FALSE SENSE OF CONTENTMENT

entrepreneurship Jan 28, 2019

5 TIPS TO AVOID FALSE SENSE OF CONTENTMENT AND/OR JUSTIFICATION FOR POOR DECISIONS

One of my clients says this happens to her all the time, where she justifies making a poor decision based on a false mental state of contentment or a previous circumstantial outcome. A perfect example of this situation: When she is tempted to eat a pint of ice cream, and justifies the decision to go ahead and eat the entire pint by the fact that last time she did this, she didn’t gain weight. Or, she says she thinks to herself “well, I looked really good in that picture of me from a few days ago.” When the reality is, she says her jeans are a little snug and eating a pint of ice cream is not aligned with her current goal to lose a few pounds.

She has similar experiences with her business. She has made a questionable decision but still had a rewarding experience or outcome. For example, when she hired a new employee last summer after only one interview. She...

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7 Ways to Keep Your Day to Day Focus - Hope Deferred

entrepreneurship Jan 04, 2019

You may have heard of the Proverb “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” In fact, this is a common application to life – and we can find a lot of information about its meaning on various websites. In my corporate coaching experience, this faith-based principle applies to business as well.

I see it all too often, where a client will spend most of their energy focusing on closing one large project, or an investment or sale. They put aside the day to day tasks that are imperative for growth while waiting for a big milestone that may redefine the course of their career. Of course, it is important to put resources, time and energy into these large initiatives, they do go through times of when there is nothing you can do to advance the ball.  I always coach my clients to stay focused on where your efforts make an impact.  Trust me I’ve been there… more times than I can count and its easier said than...

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Why Entrepreneurs Actually Do Need Someone Telling Them What to Do

entrepreneurship Dec 27, 2018

So many of the entrepreneurs that I coach are wired to take on the entire world by themselves. They dig in, work their butts off, and are simply determined to remain ‘self made’. There have even been cases of stubbornness and hesitation to work with me from the get-go. After all, you are the boss, right? But if you let me clue you in on just why it’s important to swallow your pride and work with an entrepreneurial coach.

I am able to see things in a different perspective than you could ever see those same things. For example, if you are deeply immersed in the day to day activities of your company, you might be overlooking a small software change that would save your company thousands of dollars per year in productivity. Or, perhaps a trusted friend has given you a referral for professional counsel, and because of the reverence, you fail to research this professional. It’s fair to assume that these types of situations are advantageous but disregarding the need...

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If an Employee is Not Performing, Fire Them Fast!

corporate Dec 26, 2018

No this isn't an insensitive bully your employees article... keep reading.  

If you have started a business, been a CEO, or someone with hiring responsibilities you can relate to this scenario. You interview multiple people multiple times and finally decide on you think is your rockstar. They have the track record, resume, interview skills, and references every single box is checked. And then it happens...

You pulled the trigger on hiring them and about 3-4 months down the road they aren't living up to your expectations or their promises. To give you an example, with one of my companies we had made a couple of bootstrap sales between my partner and I and we were ready to scale. We brought in a "superstar" VP of Sales that could help us build the sales team and also help accelerate the sales cycle.  

As the decision maker this puts you in a precarious position. I know for me there was definitely some pride issues that can cloud your judgement after all you made the...

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Why Hacks and Shortcuts to Success Won’t Cut It

entrepreneurship Dec 20, 2018

Imagine you are in 8th grade again and your science fair project won a national award. You feel there is nothing you can’t conquer, and in fact, your project just might be worth something in the real world. So, let’s say, you decide to skip high school altogether – and take your award-winning project/idea to the masses.

Now, think back to high school… all of the early mornings, lessons, tests, homework and hard work you put into four years of advanced learning. We all joke about how so many of those classes would never apply to real life, but the truth is that we took away more than diplomas and degrees. We learned that putting in time and effort will reap huge rewards.

Ok, so let’s go back to that big project, the big idea. You might be in a similar place right now, reading this because you are on the brink of taking a new product or service to consumers. And by now, you’ve probably even read and reviewed services like ClickFunnel,...

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