You have a choice, keep worrying or make some positive changes.
Worrying only takes the fun out of life and ages you faster.
Change is inevitable. Resist all you want, very little stays the same and I believe it will be the entrepreneurs and those with strong entrepreneurial skills and characteristics who drive the future. Knowing about entrepreneurship can be a game changer for you.
Inevitably rules of success will change and your business will either have to adapt or be left behind as the world around moves on, I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you are determined and persistent, a business can give you an adrenaline rush and excitement that measures up side by side with fast cars.
Find the conduit or organisation that can give you control of your destiny and will set you up mentally and physically for life. The key is to apply entrepreneurial skills, be patient, clarify your aspirations and plan your moves strategically and with intent.
So where to from here, how do you stop the worrying? Back to basics. There is so much you can accomplish and minimise the worrying if you put your mind to a few basics:
Reorganise your to-do list. There is no doubt that the humble to-do list, whether manual or electronic is the number one business tool. Why not start today and reorganise your to-do list. Prioritise those tasks that are important and will have a big impact on your business’s future and then delegate or outsource the remaining tasks. It is easy to become busy with ‘stuff’ and worry about all the unimportant things you haven’t done.
Apply the 80/20 Rule. The 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, is the law of the vital few and states that, for many activities we undertake, roughly 80% of the outcomes come from 20% of the actions we take. Start today and prioritise those vital tasks that will propel you towards the outcomes and future you want.
Understand the key numbers. With the increasing complexity and costs associated with running an organisation, it is important to understand the key numbers, they are more critical than ever. Today, you have to survive on slimmer margins, the fat that was there to buffer any mistakes you made, has been taken out with the increased competition.
Become a leader, not a follower. Change is inevitable and with it comes disappointment for many but also a new opportunity for those who are ready to embrace them. Gain insight and have the foresight to recognise what is happening around you.
Rather than what you have always done, take a leap of faith and turn your luck around. Because leaders don’t blindly follow what everyone else is doing, they create the path for others to follow. The lead dog always has the best view.
Welcome technology. Love it or loathe it, technology is here to stay. Cloud computing, smartphones and social media have all become invaluable tools in today’s modern world. With the information and knowledge explosion and the Internet of Things (IoT), the changes will be exponential and give you plenty to worry, sorry, think about.
Look after your customers. Without customers, you have no business, so make sure you provide them with the very best service and experiences each and every time they deal with you. Run a business that creates positive and loyal customers who will help spread positive messages for everyone. Always have a value proposition that satisfies the wants and removes the worries for all who cross your path.
Think differently. About your organisation, so that you never waste time in fruitless conversations again and instinctively zero in on the actions that will propel you into the sort of future you are looking for.
Apply entrepreneurial characteristics. None of these recommendations is hard to implement or requires unattainable resources or knowledge. Always strive to be the best, expect the best from the people you work with and don’t settle for second-rate outcomes. If you are not an entrepreneur, find one to help you.
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment”. Dale Carnegie
Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action or to solve a problem. But if you’re preoccupied with “what ifs” and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem.
Unrelenting doubts and fears can be paralysing. They can sap your emotional and physical energy, send your stress levels soaring, and interfere with what you are really trying to accomplish.
Excessive worrying can become a chronic mental disorder that can be broken using some of these simple ideas. You can train your brain to stay calm and look at life from a more positive perspective and do it with enthusiasm.
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One of the most common and destructive things I come across is people worrying and mostly being worried about things that will never happen. Did you know that 99% of what most people worry about will never happen? Worry is like a rocking chair, it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere.
It was one of my biggest issues until I learned to control Mind Traffic’. I was actually forced into controlling my mind traffic when our daughter nearly died several times from acute asthma attacks 40 years back. I had a choice, to ‘compartmentalise’ by thoughts, as I called it, or destroy everything around me through worry and procrastination.
My ability to do this was enhanced when I had my first bowel cancer operation, Never had a major illness and the mention of the big ‘C’ 30 years ago was terrifying.
I have learned to focus my mind on one train of thoughts at a time, work, client, family, holiday, Illness and so on. I always try to make sure the thoughts I have about negative situations are kept to an absolute minimum. The moment a negative thought creeps into my mind, I immediately change the subject.
Quite often I recall Winston Churchill’s saying, “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”.