When it comes to being in business, the road to success can be long and hard, marked by many highs and lows and everything in between. Like life, our business can make us ride an emotional roller coaster – if we let it. We may jump for joy when we land a new client or enter into a profitable partnership, or we may fall into despair when we lose a great employee or our line of credit maxes out and the upcoming financial forecast looks grim.
The trick is to have the chops to see things through, no matter what’s going on. As long as you’re in business because you love what you do and you want to be in it for the long haul, that’s half the battle.
Here are 4 ways to help keep your business emotions in check.
Let your intuition play a key role. Business is as much playing by the rules and regulations game as it is flying by intuition. When you combine the two, powerful things happen. You probably already use your intuition to some extent naturally. I suggest you develop it more and use it more often. It’s rarely wrong.
Keep an even keel. Like a boat on the water, the shifting tides and rolling waves will always threaten to bounce you around or capsize you when you least expect it. Like a girl scout, you can prepare for every eventuality. Whatever it is, have a Plan B ready to be deployed at any time. Know what kind of first aid you’ll need, whether you just scrape your knee or find yourself fighting a large fire. Teach yourself to be calm in emergencies. It doesn’t do you or anyone else any good if you fly off the handle or shrivel up in a corner. Every disaster, small or big will pass. Learn to take them in stride, like an intuitive woman of power. In fact, you can always influence the outcome more than you think!
Make the people connection sing. When you have the right people in your corner, both in business and at home, it can make all the difference to your success. Sometimes it’s easy to take these people for granted because they’re always there when you need them. Be sure you are recognizing their input, support, attention, and guidance. They’re the ones helping you confirm what your gut tells you. The more successful you become, the more you need them. Remember, no woman is an island!
Don’t forget the self-care factor. Running a business is pretty much a full-time job. Like raising kids, you think about it all the time, whether you’re at your desk or on vacation. And that vacation is a good thing for both the mind and the soul. However, you need mini-vacations every day, and throughout the month, too. You absolutely have to make self-care a priority. Whether that means getting up early to go to the gym, taking a full hour and a half for lunch, or stopping promptly at 4:00 pm, you must do these things in order to refresh and revitalize yourself. It is amazing how much better you will cope and how much better your overall disposition will be. Plus your intuition will be right on cue just when you need it.
As a businesswoman, you’ve got a lot to do and a lot to think about. It doesn’t pay to let energy-sapping thoughts get in the way. Your business is a reflection of who you are, your values and principles. With the right combination of business know-how and self-care, your stick-tuitive-ness will win every time!
Karen Keller, Ph.D. is an expert in women’s leadership and assertiveness training. She specializes in the skills of influence and persuasion, executive coaching, mentoring, sales techniques, management development training, personal life coaching, and corporate training. Discover the Real POWER for Women now! For other great articles go to http://www.karen-keller.com