Stress Management Techniques for the Small Business Owner

Owning a small business comes with lots of perks…your own hours, being your own boss, and building something meaningful to you.

However, the work of managing and running a small business is also an incredibly stressful endeavor.  While stress is understandable, it’s important for your health to reduce tension and anxiety.   Neglecting  stress management and not taking care of yourself can cause health issues, which will prevent you from performing at your optimum level.

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The first step in managing stress is identifying the triggers that cause anxiety to occur.  By eliminating or cutting back on these situations, you will feel more calm and relaxed throughout the day.  For example, does a particular task, such as accounting, bother you?  Hiring an account will leave you with more time to manage other parts of the business, and relieve  the stress associated with managing finances.

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Ensuring that you are healthy, both mentally and physically will also reduce your daily stress. It’s important to learn these stress management techniques:

  • Get a good night’s sleep each night.
  • Focus on the positive – use simple mindset shifts for success.
  • Eat healthy, avoid greasy meals such as fast food.
  • Stay hydrated by maintaining adequate water intake.
  • Meditate and practice breathing exercises throughout the day.
  • Take vitamins and nutritional supplements, such as fish oil.
  • Relieve built up tension through exercise.
  • Keep your work environment well organized and clean.
  • Take a break from the electronic world.  Avoid your computer, tablet, smart-phone and TV and go get some fresh air.

In the end, remember that while stress is a normal part of running a business, it’s important to understand where the stress comes from.  Many entrepreneurs are too hard on themselves, constantly comparing their success to the success of others.  This may stem from fear of failure.  These emotions are healthy and normal, but ultimately cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.  Take it easy on yourself, laugh, and appreciate where you are and where you are going.  You’ve worked hard on starting up a business – it’s time to congratulate yourself.  

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Thom Torode is a Morris County based Executive & Business Coach. He has owned over 5 different businesses and is also a licensed facilitator and co-principal for Elevate Your Leaders in NJ. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.

Sunrise Business Advisors can be reached at 862-219-6890 or info@SBAnow.com

 

 

How Sharp Are Your Leadership Skills?

The effectiveness of leadership skills in any team or organization plays a critical role in the levels of success and harmony that can be achieved.

Leadership Skills Compass

Leadership Compass

Take this Self-Assessment to determine whether your leadership skills have been sharpened to a keen edge.

1. I’ve become more comfortable delegating tasks and managing the performance of others than doing things myself.

2. Before committing to a decision, I ask myself if it will serve my purpose. I say “No” to requests for my time and attention that are not aligned with my purpose.

3. Coworkers and those who report directly to me trust me and my effectiveness as a leader.

4. I successfully enroll others in my vision and influence their behavior at work.

5. It’s less what I say and more what I do that affects how others perceive my leadership ability, so I make sure to “walk my talk.”

6. It can be daunting to confront the issues, obstacles and people that block success. But in doing so, I model courage, persistence and a can-do attitude.

7. I hold myself accountable for my actions and the actions of my team/department. I don’t make excuses.

8. I will not be able to please everyone; leadership is not a popularity contest.

9. I view problems as opportunities to excel. In fact, I focus on the opportunities in every problem. A positive attitude can make a project or objective

10. I seek opportunities for education and skills enhancement, as I want to continuously grow my abilities.

11. Everything in my organization/department/team, both good and bad, is a reflection of my leadership. If things need to change, I need to change first.

12. I don’t avoid difficult conversations with those who are not performing to my standards.

13. I plan meetings to keep them short and effective.

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14. I treat others how I want to be treated, with respect and dignity; this includes praising in public but expressing displeasure in private.

15. I am open to new suggestions and receptive to bad news.

16. I don’t hog credit and kudos but attribute them freely to my team.

17. I regularly communicate mission and vision face-to-face to my team.

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Are you being seen as a Leader

If you answered true to 10 or more statements, keep up the good work! You have developed strong leadership skills.  If fewer, you may wish to hone your leadership skills with a coach.

Contact Sunrise Business Advisors for your complimentary Leadership Excellence Assessment Preview (LEAP). Thom Torode is a Morris County based Executive & Business Coach. He has owned over 5 different businesses and is also a licensed facilitator and co-principal for Elevate Your Leaders in NJ. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.

Sunrise Business Advisors can be reached at 862-219-6890 or info@SBAnow.com

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Are your choices disciplined?

What are disciplined choices?

Every week we make hundreds or perhaps thousands of choices.  What are your choices based on?  Choices can come from a random flip of a coin, rocks, paper scissors or some other random process.  A choice means that you can do it or not, but it’s up to you.

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Some choices we make are easy because they are based on past experiences of knowing what we like or dislike.  For example, would you like chocolate or vanilla ice cream?  Others can be much more complicated, and could potentially be in conflict with each other.  Should I make follow up sales calls or work on a clients project?  As you can see from this example both need to be done, however which one is the most important and best use of your own time?

Where discipline comes in is to help you choose those actions and behaviors that are most important. If what you wanted to increase sales by 50% year over year, what would you do every day? Follow up on sales calls.  Even after a stream of not yet and no’s you would continue because it supports your most important desire.  Yes you will still need to work on your client’s project, you will focus on the calls first.

The Hierarchy of Choice

There are three distinct types of choices: primary, secondary, and fundamental.

  • Primary choice—a major choice, something we want more than other things that we may want.
  • Secondary choice—the actions we take to support our primary choice, even if we don’t really want to.
  • Fundamental choice—our state of being, where we stand.

“When your internal thought process is aligned with your goals, it’s easier to make the primary choice that supports what’s most important to you.” Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen

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While most people go through the goal setting process at the beginning of the year, anytime works.  Knowing your primary S.M.A.R.T. (Specific – Measurable – Achievable –Realistic – Timely) goals is how to determine what’s primary.  It will also help you determine what’s secondary.  By knowing these you be able to rise above any situation, however difficult, to support your greater good. So in fact, the relationship between primary and secondary choice is the key to discipline. Once you know how to manage this relationship, you’ll be able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

If you would like help understanding the power of goals, how to set them or developing a growth strategy for your business or team contact Coach Thom.

Thom Torode is a Morris County based Executive & Business Coach. He has owned over 5 different businesses and is also a licensed facilitator and co-principal for Elevate Your Leaders in NJ. When not helping business owners and their teams create the business and lives they want and need, he can be found following his kids activities.

Thom Torode is also an expert executive coach listed on Pazoo.  For more information and to view some of Thom’s other articles go to: http://www.pazoo.com/expert/ttorode/

      Sunrise Business Advisors can be reached at 862-219-6890 or info@SBAnow.com

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