How To Deal With A Major Business Issue
If you are looking for practical advice on what business steps you can take to resolve a major business issue you are in the wrong place.
The title of this post is “How To Deal With A Major Business Issue”.
As in personally and emotionally “deal”. Also known as… “how to squash the wave of anxiety that is overtaking you because something unexpected and not too positive happened in your business and now it is all you can think about and, God you can’t focus, and you think that this is going to cause your business to fail and you won’t be able to feed your family and you will all starve to death.”
Never had that feeling? You just wait. There is something about entrepreneurship that brings on panic attacks. If you’re not there yet… you will be. And when you are there… what do you do?
When an issue comes up that you begin to obsess over, it can really damage your business. You can’t focus. You can’t make decisions. You neglect what’s important in favor of what seems urgent. Worst of all you relinquish the power over your business to outside forces.
This happened to me when I was first starting out. I had an issue with a company vendor. She had gotten a bee in her bonnet about something and attacked me with a lot of unfair and untrue accusations (I later found out that this was her modus operandi). I allowed her words and accusations to create huge levels of anxiety and self-doubt within me. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t work. I was convinced that I was a failure and that my life as I knew it was over.
My husband got really fed up talking about it and after finding me, yet again, sitting idle at my desk with my head in my hands, dragged me out for a drive while he ran errands. I was furious with him as I wanted to get work done (or wanted to wallow about not being able to get work done). I was so mad that I refused to go with him in to the store and told him that I would sit in the car. In the car with no air-conditioning. In the middle of a concrete parking lot. In the summer in The Bahamas.
Something happened to me when I stepped out of that car to get fresh air. I looked up in to the radiant blue sky through the leaves of palm trees and just breathed in an epiphany. This issue didn’t matter. In the big scheme of things this “thing” was very, very small. Even if my worst case scenario came true and I was a failure and everything fell apart, there would still be blue sky, there would still be palm trees and there would still be a husband who forced me out of my funk. There would still be a million moments I could live in without any stress, worry or pain. In 5 years would I even remember what I had been so upset about… will it matter?
Today’s “Ship It” Tip: Here’s how to deal with a major business issue. Identify an existing issue that is causing you anxiety and self-doubt. Ask yourself, “In 5 years, will this matter? Will I remember this problem?” Take a moment to breath in. Take a look around you and log gratitude for everything you have in that moment. Will you still have all of that in 5 years? See… you’re fine.