Stress comes in many forms and is inherently based on how we cope with adversity. I’d like to share a little bit about my view on stress as an entrepreneur in my first year.
I took the plunge last year to focus on businesses I run (or help run). My brain still continues to ask daily, “Was that such a good idea?” I respond in-kind to my brain, “Yes. Now leave me alone, I need to get working.”
So what is different now?
I’m not going to say that I don’t have stress now, I do. Probably even more so. The difference now is how that stress affects my overall quality of life.
Before I would ask myself questions like:
- Am I doing the right thing and reaching my full potential?
- There has to be more to life than this, right?
- Is it 5pm yet? It’s only 2?!? Crap.
It really wasn’t a fun way to live my “working” existence that unfortunately took up a majority of my time. I took it home, it ruined my time off and worst of all, I felt purposeless. I tried finding purpose in what I was doing, but really struggled. So I quit.
How is stress different now?
I’m happy to report that I no longer dread Sundays. I get lost in my work because it’s challenging and fun. I am more willing to put myself out there, try things and meet new people.
It was scary at first (and still a bit scary now), but I trust myself. I trust those things I know right now and trust in my ability to learn those things I’ll need.
I work more now than I ever did before, but I don’t mind. The money is much tighter now, which is a newer stress, but it’s one I can handle. It actually energizes me into coming up with strategies to ensure I won’t have to worry about next month. It’s a motivator I enjoy.
I can’t say this would be for everyone, but my soul thanks me for taking this leap.
What about you?
If you’re considering starting a business or leaving your current job to look for something better, I whole heartedly recommend it. Quit listening to your brain and take the chance; eventually it will come around.
I’ll try to share more as time goes on in my life as an entrepreneur.