Panic Attack for the Entrepreneur Father? 5 Tips to Manage the Mania

This  guest post is written by Christopher Robbins.

Starting a new business is one of the most time consuming tasks in the world. Between setting up a process, networking and managing expenses, you end up trying to fit a 120 hour work week into a 40 hour time frame. The demands are just too great, especially if you’re trying to raise a family. The stress can take you to the breaking point at times. Christopher Robbins has been there and shares his 5 tips to managing the inevitable panic attack.

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Image Courtesy of Africa /

A reporter asked me this morning how to keep from panicking when starting a new business. I said, you don’t, especially when you have a family to attend to. But there are some skills to help manage through the process. Here are five.

  • Have a clear vision: 

Have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with the new business. Having a clear vision provides you with a destination that, regardless of the obstacles you will encounter, can be fixed in your mind. Everyone gets a flat tire or needs more gas, but if you know where you are going, you’ll eventually get there.

  • Write everything down:

The dullest pencil is better than the sharpest memory. By writing all your ideas down and capturing them on paper in a notebook, you can refer to them in moments of panic and be reminded of what you want to accomplish.

  • Prioritize:

Prioritization is the saving grace of a busy life. Taking time at the end of the day to prepare tomorrow’s work and prioritize it allows you to focus your energy on what to do rather than what’s not getting done.

  • Meditate:

Whether through a walk, private meditation, prayer, etc, take a moment each day to center your mind and allow your subconscious to speak to you.

  • Breath:

When we panic, our response is to hold our breath. This leads the body physiologically to think it’s dying which creates more stress and panic. It can become a negative spiral. When feeling frustrated, place your feet squarely on the floor and take three cleansing breaths. Consciously remind yourself of your vision and refer back to your prioritization list. Focus. Everyone can get distracted, which can lead to panic. The trick is to reboot.

What does this have to do with families? When the entrepreneur is panicked, the family can multiply it, and that panic is exponential depending on how many are in your family.

“I don’t hide my feelings, but when it comes to illness, I guess I don’t panic. My father was the same way. I’m the provider for the family and the caretaker. If I panic, who is anybody going to run to?” —Curt Schilling

Familius is a book publisher focused on the family. Familius stands firmly behind the idea that families mean everything to society. Everything the company produces is meant to enrich and unify the family. Christopher Robbins followed his dream and started this company in the midst of raising his own family. He’s learned these 5 tips from personal experience and still applies them when the stress begins to build.

6 Responses to Panic Attack for the Entrepreneur Father? 5 Tips to Manage the Mania

  1. An absolute brilliant piece. I’m facing such a situation at the moment although not with a family. You really got me when you made mention of a new business starter trying to accomplish a 120hour work in a 40hour frame. The truth is, new business owners have this ever blazing passion to get thw whole thing going. But as every success comes after a setback, how well we cope with the setback determines how far we can carry on with the business. A good business needs a better plan and the bruning passion to see it succeed. I will read these tips regularly so I don’t miss a track on my endeavour.
    Thanks for this wonderful piece. I’m so happy to read this.

  2. Hi Christopher & Binny,

    I can quite well relate to the panic attacks 🙂

    But I’m sure it must be the same for a working mom too as she also deals with a similar situation, and perhaps much more having to deal with the kids and home front too.

    I liked your tips to overcome such situations. I think prioritizing your time, or learning the art of time management is the most essential. Any parent who is able to do that, learns things well enough and can manage it all too.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  3. Hi Harleena,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes, it can be pretty much applied to a working mom too.
    As you put it too, Prioritization helps you to plan ahead and can save you from many a hassle by increasing your productivity and making your day a fruitful one.
    Have a great week!

  4. Very deep sentences in those quotes… excellent article.

    My suggestion is that when you start a new business, plan it well before you start. If it is a blog, make sure to have like 10 to 20 posts in the drafts before you launch your blog. Keep those drafts stocked up, they will come handy in times of panic.

    Join a community of online entrepreneurs, remember – you are not alone.

    Nice point about breathing, take a glass of water – relax a bit. Always remember that tomorrow will be a new day and things will all fall in place if you just keep working at it.

    Uttoran Sen,

    • Hi Uttoran Sen,
      Welcome to the blog. Thanks for the suggestion you shared. Yes, planning comprehensively in any endeavor is always the safest bet. Your analogy with starting a blog and how to plan about it is quite nice and apt.
      Thanks once again for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Have a great day!

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