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#1 Way to Beat the Business Blues

hint: it's easier than you think

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Ever get stuck in what I like to call the “Business Blues”?  All it takes for me is one look at the bank account during a tight month in the summer, and my brain can spin off into all kinds of negativity…

“There are like $5 in the account – what kind of woman runs her business like this?!”

“I wonder if Wal-Mart is hiring.”

“I am so tired of this shit. I’m gonna’ sell – if it’s even worth anything.”

You get the picture. All of this negativity is an easy thing to slip into when stressful situations come rolling in.  Pissed off customer ranting in the lobby?  That big order get canceled at the last minute?  The one day you decide to take a few hours off, and the wi-fi goes down while you’re gone?  Whew!  Running a business is not for the faint of heart.  

It’s not always a walk in the park.  

So what to do on those bad, “Business Blues” kind of days?  Here’s the #1 way I’ve learned to deal: a gratitude list.  It may sound a bit cheesy.  And it takes a bit of discipline (and a few deep breaths sometimes), but I swear it works, y’all.  For a week or two, every night before going to bed, write down five things that you’re thankful for in regards to your business.  Five.  Dig deep if you have to.  

I’m so thankful for:

  1. my flexible schedule
  2. Sally Sue, my best student – she inspires me to be a better teacher
  3. the ability to stop from cussing the lady who sent the snarky email  😉
  4. Taylor, my office manager and total life saver
  5. the lady who smiled on her way out the door today  

The more you do this, the more gratitude you’ll experience in your day-to-day life, and the less the “Business Blues” will be hanging around.  It’s just like Oprah says:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”  

Amen, sister.  Deep inside, we all know this to be true.  It comes down to how bad we really want to be happy, to ditch the drama of “woe is me”.  How bad do you want it?  Tony Robbins talks about change like this: “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”  

So I challenge you to try this gratitude list exercise the next time you’re down and out about your biz.  Focus on that painful feeling of staying the same, right where you are in those negative emotions, and then know that you have the power to change them.  With just a pen, paper, and about three minutes of your time.  Then you can start focusing more on the huge grin on your client’s face when you turn over the final project or the heartwarming satisfaction you feel when when a customer calls to tell you personally how much finding your business has meant to her.  It’s a special thing, this self-employment gig.  Love it, and it will love you right back!  

And remember, It’s all about the gratitude.

XOXO,

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