By now I think we have come to the honest conclusion that being in business can and does have its share of challenges. We can't escape it. There will be times when we have the choice to make the change and sometimes we are totally blindsided and forced to overcome a challenge or do things differently. either way one thing that is guaranteed is that with change there will be emotion, and often the feelings you have will be initially negative ones, Fear, Anxiety, Anger, Resentment or maybe even Loss they can rear their ugly heads at any point and can take over our thoughts going forward if we allow them to.
Let's take a look at how I have learnt to take those feelings and kick them to the kerb and switch my thinking into one that works for me and the business. o remember im not a psycologist or any for of mindset expert but I have been running a business for many years and have experienced so many challenges I could give Anneka Rice a run for her money.
One of the best ways to go from bad feelings to more useful ones is to reframe your thoughts (bit coachy speak but the only word i could think of ) surrounding the emotions. The way you think has a big influence on the way you feel and approach anything. Take some time and start to think differently about your challenge.
For example, you may have had a member of your team resign, this can have a profound effect on your business especially a small business as our teams are so important, however you could see this as an opportunity, to bring in a different personality, a slightly different skill set something maybe the business has been lacking. It could be an opportunity to shake up some of the duties they were performing for your business so you could incorporate a slightly different model going forward. New team members although they need training often can bring in so many benefits with their new enthusiasm that it can become a hub of inspiration and energy for the whole business.
Visualization is something that works really well, in my younger days I used to play a huge amount of pool and on a critical shot i would take the time to cue up the shot and in my mind I could see the ball going exactly where I wanted it to go, the more i focussed on it the bigger the chance it was going to be a successful shot. I didn't realise at the time what this type of technique as it was only in recent years when I had used the same technique when doing things in my business I realised this was a type of visualisation.
I use this all the time now and even though it sounds a bit mad and believe me I can be skeptical about these things it did work for me ( in most cases) There are programs and people out there like fellow Dojo member Steve Cole who can really help you to understand just how visualisation can help you in your business.
Meditate or Breathe
If you need a quick tranquil effect in times of high anxiety, or you are feeling overwhelmed, meditation or focused breathing can help. I have a particular favourite called ‘Lazy River' that really calms my thinking and helps me approach any challenges in a more balanced way. 20 minutes of listening to that always helps.
You don't have to be an expert on meditating for it to be effective; The simple act of sitting in silence and focusing on your breath is enough to calm emotions that are running high.
Consider the Alternative
Finally, consider what will happen if you do nothing.
In business especially change is often a pre cursor to growth which is what a lot of business owners want. That doesn't mean it isn't tied in with all of these emotions and often we are not prepared for them when they do hit us.
Look back at when you launched your business, look further at other changes in your working life that have bought about positivity, these are so often overlooked or brushed aside as past therefore not relevant. You couldn't be more wrong if you think that, Looking back can often help us shape the future, knowing we have been through challenges and are still here, still in business, the world didn't swallow us up you will soon realise that by just looking back change really can and does bring excitement and some truly amazing things into our business and our own lives.
Essentially, fear and excitement are very closely related emotions. A few tweaks can take you from the negative to a more positive rather quickly. It's really all about the way you CHOOSE to approach it. Give these strategies a try to see which ones work best for you.