The causes of entrepreneurial stress
But by the way ... why are you stressed out?
I see two root causes for this.
The challenges of the entrepreneur
The perspective of the future gives entrepreneurs gray hair. This is especially true for leaders who have families and children. The stakes seem enormous and the risk-taking sometimes makes you dizzy.
In the short term, this fear manifests itself in cash flow concerns.
In the long run, this is the cessation of activities which feeds the stress of the entrepreneur.
In fact, it all plays out in the oldest part of your head, the one that was in charge in the prehistoric era. Back when the dangers were much more vital. This is called the reptilian brain. This reptilian brain hates risks. As soon as you pick one up, he tries to distract you from it by predicting all possible and imaginable catastrophes to you.
It's not easy to fight against yourself in this kind of case!
Overwork and lack of time
Stress is also closely linked to the question of time andlife balance. And, in this area, business leaders have great progress to make.
My personal experience, but also my passion for personal development, led me to take a great interest in this subject. I know from having lived it that, when you have a business, we are investing 200 %. Without restraint, without barrier, without guardrail. We do not spare our efforts and we do not count our hours.
Finally, we meet again work overload. We can't do everything we want (or, in any case, do it well). And, in addition, we are frustrated, because we spend all our time working without ever enjoying the fruits of our efforts. Family life, friends and leisure are sacrificed.
Stress loves to settle in the head of an overbooked business manager.
All of these factors must be taken into account when managing entrepreneurial stress.
How to fight against stress?
I think you are aware of it: adopt a good stress management is essential for the entrepreneur.
Yes, but easier said than done! How do you go about it exactly?
As far as I'm concerned, I work around three axes:
- the managing emotions ;
- the developing a good mindset ;
- the management of time.