Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. Often working 80 hours a week and giving up common luxuries like showers and more than 4 hours of sleep, small business owners are some of the hardest working people on the planet. Although all of us who are entrepreneurially minded may be a little different, a heavy workload, stress, and a lack of sleep is no reason to have a bad attitude.
Are you a Grumpy Gus or Debby Downer?
Do you have a permanent frown that needs to be turned upside down?
Well it’s time to get happy! You should love what you’re doing and stay upbeat for your own health, and for the health of your business. A bad attitude can have a significant impact on yourself, leading to a negative impact on your business. This article looks at how anxiety, burnouts and bad decisions can come from having a bad attitude and can ruin your business.
Anxiety can take a toll on even the toughest individual. Even if you don’t suffer from an anxiety disorder, the buildup of stress, unhappiness, and a poor attitude can magnify to a level you no longer can control.
Do you keep telling yourself how much work you still have to do? Are you saying things like “I am never going to….?” If so, start recognizing these signs and try to take control of your emotions to avoid further issues cause by an increase in anxiety. Anxiety can lead to rushed work, impulsive reactions, and a complete shutdown, which is also referred to as a burnout.
A burnout is often thought of as working too many hours, but that is not always the case. According to Psychology Today, “The cynicism, depression, and lethargy of burnout can occur when you’re not in control of how you carry out your job, when you’re working toward goals that don’t resonate with you, and when you lack social support.”
Believe it or not, this can all start from having a bad attitude and not thinking positively.
Emotions can cause awful decisions in relationships, and especially when it comes to business relationships. From getting upset at an employee to upsetting a customer, the stress you experience from having a negative attitude and being overly hard on yourself and career can take a significant toll on your business through causing you to make bad decisions.
Just think of an argument with a spouse: did you every say something you wish you could take back? We all do, and we all will say things we regret, but carrying around unnecessary stress and a bad attitude will amplify this issue and cause more outbursts and regrets than trying to stay positive.
Solutions will be different for everyone, but there are things you can do to prevent a crabby mood and an eventual burnout.
- Disconnect: This is easier said than done. Take several hours, or even day(s), to turn off your cell phone, power down your computer, and just do nothing. Read a book, sit on a beach, or take a drive. Just do something to disconnect from your business so you can recharge and come back energized.
- Take Tiny Breaks: We all occasionally hit overly productive streaks where we can get an incredible amount done in a short period of time. However, we also hit streaks where we stare blankly at a computer screen or paperwork for minutes or even hours. If you feel stress building or a lull in your day, stand up, walk around, grab something to drink, and try to rest your mind, if even for a minute or two. If you have employees, make sure they get up and stretch and take breaks to keep them fresh and focused.
- Watch Your Habits: Although I love coffee, I know that drinking a full pot of coffee will cause me to overheat, sweat, and become extremely anxious and uptight. Monitor your habits and how you react to things like food and coffee. People who eat a lot of carbs and sugars can also crash, which can raise frustrations and increase stress.
Systemizing your business and implementing procedures to help avoid you and your employees from burning out will have a positive effect on your corporate culture, health, and your bottom line.
Give yourself a break today and say something nice in the mirror to the person you overwork and don’t take good enough care of. Be proud of yourself for what you have been able to accomplish and for being an entrepreneur, something that takes a strong individual, perseverance, and a little bit of crazy. Hugs and hi-fives for everybody, and leave your bad moods at the door!
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