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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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.
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.
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.
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.