Shortly after hiring my new Coach, I did a synopsis of my current state of play only to be asked by her “do you find it easy to make to make decisions?” – I was quick to answer – “Yes I’m too bad actually”. I tend to know what I like, what I want and what I don’t want, so yes I’d say so”.
She replied, “So why then are you going ahead and paying someone to design you a website in colours that you don’t like, images that don’t reflect who you are, text that doesn’t quite say or project what you live and breathe?”
Ermm… Silence… I was short for a reply. Eventually, I said “well I’m just not sure of what I want just now and although I know that this quite it, I don’t quite know how to articulate what it should be and I don’t really want to upset the web designer” Wince!!!
The truth is I was experiencing an impaired ability to make a good decision which in business is called decision fatigue. I was distracted due to personal disarray both personally and professionally for both my husband and myself.
Business Leaders who are frequently affected by daily stresses need to acknowledge that it impairs your ability to lead, and that you need to get support. You shouldn’t go it alone, and by having support you can benefit from being able to improve your focus and resilience.’
Tips to reduce stress and anxiety during tough times:
- Be mindful don’t underestimate the impact of stressful life situations and the impact it can have on your professional performance, where you might otherwise not have faltered.
- Recognise when you genuinely need to take a step back and take care of your priorities
- Give yourself time to evaluate situations rather than abruptly reacting. This not only help your business, but also better supports you during highly stressful times
- Change your focus briefly, listen to music, take a walk, meet up with friends or just give yourself permission to do something you enjoy that has nothing to do with your work. These mini escapes from your role in business – even if brief – can help support you in being less stressed out about what you can and cannot control.
What do you find works for you when you’re a little stressed out?
I for one, would love to hear from you.
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With love and blessings