As an entrepreneur, you work hard to grow your business but many times it feels like a lost cause. All your hard work does not seem to make your venture strong, resilient, and profitable to the level you would like to see it. You do not see the longterm growth of your business.
Have you ever seen a healthy, fruit-laden tree that has weak and under-developed root system?
Do you know the health of a tree above the ground is determined by what is happening underground? The right stuff, hidden in the dirt, is what brings beautiful flowers and sweet fruits above ground.
The stronger, deeply penetrated, spread out the roots, the healthier the tree.
In the same way, the Entrepreneur’s emotional health, wellbeing, and strength have a direct connection with the sustainable growth and success of their ventures. To grow your business, you will have to examine your own emotional health.
Entrepreneur’ takes an idea and creates business. This business provides the goods and services to fulfill a need in the market. They provide employment for people, pay taxes, and build equity over time. This is a difficult task. It requires firm conviction, persistence, resilience, and grit. These qualities are provided by the founders and leaders of successful businesses.
Just like a root system has to continue to grow, expand, nourish, and repair itself to keep the tree growing and productive, the leaders of a business have to continue to improve their emotional strength and wellbeing.
In this blog, I will talk about different areas of personal growth that are important and often crucial for a successful Entrepreneur because, without this personal growth, longterm business growth is not possible. We will talk about how to grow your business by growing yourself.
All our lives, there are some tasks we endlessly keep putting off. It is hard to figure out why generally organized, and motivated people put off specific jobs and do not fully understand why they do it. The usual advice in self-help world is ‘do not procrastinate.’ If it were that simple, we all would not be afflicted with this disease to ‘put off’.
This tendency to put off is a big hurdle in the struggle to grow your business.
Do you know, Procrastination is a symptom and not the root problem? There is always some stress, fear, anxiety or a combination of emotional challenges at the root which prevent us from completing what we start.
As entrepreneurs, we have more than our fair share of things that stress and scare us. The situation gets even more challenging when there are fear and anxiety directly related to the task. Important tasks when incomplete create more stress. This results in us putting off doing things endlessly and getting stuck in a loop of stress and procrastination.
So now, what to do about this Procrastination problem?
We all are familiar with short term strategies to combat this problem. There is no shortage of articles listing ‘Top 5 (or 10) things to do…’ Some often recommended strategies are:
In this blog, I am more interested in exploring long term solutions that help our Inner Self (core/roots) to get stronger and permanently improving our productivity.
Stress zaps vital physical, emotional, and mental energy out of our lives. It is also a critical factor in procrastination. Stress management is essential to improving productivity in all areas of life. Understanding stress is the first step. Once understood, work can be done to improve the situation.
Stress is unfulfilled desires, plans. It is also a fear of not being able to fulfill desires and meet goals. Stress management includes increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, having hobbies for a creative outlet outside of work, and keeping in perspective what is important in life.
Reduction in overall stress helps us stay focused to complete the tasks we start.
Emotional Awareness can help identify the root cause(s) leading to procrastination. These causes could be fears, anxiety, past traumas, or other emotional baggage. Having emotional baggage is a human condition and we all carry it unconsciously all our lives. Emotional awareness is the first step towards being able to shed this baggage which makes us more productive.
Sadly, Emotional awareness is not prevalent among Entrepreneurs. Cultivating this awareness takes patience, persistence, practice, and acceptance. There are a lot of books, blogs, and podcasts available on this topic. Key is to find what works for you and continue to seek to learn more and more.
Practicing Non-Judgement toward ourselves is the best gift. We say things to ourselves that we would never say to a stranger, let alone someone we care about. Judging ourselves for procrastinating can only make matters worse. We have to learn to forgive ourselves for missing deadlines, making imperfect choices, or any other shortcomings real or perceived. Letting go of the past, after learning the lessons, can help us focus all our energies on the task at hand. It can help minimize the need to procrastinate.
Stay tuned. We will go in-depth with each of the long term strategies in future posts.
Each one of us is different – our stresses, motivators, and patterns are various. Please take what resonates with you and build upon it to create what fully works for you.
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Remember, growing yourself will help grow your business! Happy Growing!
Appeared initially on Grow Self Grow Business Blog