Feeling overwhelmed is very common for entrepreneurs.

It is no secret that entrepreneurs often work 60-hour weeks. This constant focus on the business with all the tasks at hand can often be stressful.

When you have to manage one business that is hard enough. Yet, many business owners I've worked with have many businesses in different markets.


Its not hard to imagine the amount of sheer volume of work that can often be overwhelming to them. Yet despite this, there are some entrepreneurs who don't struggle with overwhelm. What do they do differently?

 

If you would like to learn much more about this topic, join the online Overcome Business Overwhelm Workshop on 2nd June where youll learn:

 

Discover the 8 causes of stress for entrepreneurs and how to avoid them.

How to remove overwhelm from the business over 80% of the time

Master the 5 key strategies to handle stress as an entrepreneur

 


In the meantime, read below which factors can cause stress and overwhelm and exactly what to do to overcome it. 


1. Set too high expectations

Many entrepreneurs have high expectations of themselves and their teams. These expectations often cause overwhelm as you attempt to live up to them.

It is ironic that often this pressure you put on yourself is so high, that you end up procrastinating. The very expectations you set actually cause you to fear not being able to reach them.

If this resonates with you, then you most likely have a tendency to be a perfectionist. This is great in that you pay attention to detail, aim to get things right the first time, and never want to fail.


Yet, when it comes to your own expectations you will always fall short. No one can reach perfection.

The solution: Take action before everything is perfect, read the following article for more details:

How to take action before everything is perfect?


This will give you the exact steps you need to take to overcome your tendency to want everything to be perfect. 


2. Focusing on the fear

Fear of failure,

Fear of not being good enough

Fear of not being able to provide for your family

These are a few fears of many, those business owners I have worked with face. Its this fear above all else that makes entrepreneurs feel stressed.

When you focus on the fear it often gets worse. This leads you down a negative spiral of emotions.

The hardest part about this is that the very circumstances you fear often become a reality. The mind cant tell the difference between imagination and reality. This is where self-sabotage kicks in.

For example, have you ever told an employee to not screw up a presentation? Then what happens? They completely messed up the presentation!

In their mind, they are thinking dont screw up; dont make a mistake. This fear when focused on too much actually creates the exact results that they fear most.


Its no wonder that entrepreneurs focusing on their fears feel overwhelmed.

The solution: You must learn to direct your mind as opposed to allowing it to control you. 


This is one of the key modules we cover in the Entrepreneurs Lifestyle Accelerator. 


3. Meeting the expectations of others.

Its not your own expectations that cause overwhelm, but also the expectations of others. These can be from your investors, shareholders, and employees, to name a few.

This becomes magnified into a feeling of overwhelming if you have a tendency to want to please other people. It is a great recipe for disaster.

People-pleasing is a great skill when everyone agrees. But, often there are conflicts of interest in your business. If you please one side, it will disappoint another.

For a person that is a pleaser, there is nothing more overwhelming in life than these double binds. You will often feel paralyzed in your decision-making as you have no idea what to do.

You feel that you are letting people down. You are losing control of the business and you arent being the leader you want to be. This in turn can lead to even more unwanted negative emotions.

Solution: You must learn to let go of people-pleasing

There are many struggles of being a people pleaser and some exact steps to take to overcome it. Learn about these steps in the following article: 


REGISTER TO OVERCOME BUSINESS OVERWHELM 




4. You have no me time

If you are working on the business 24/7 then you won't have time for yourself.

You dont have time to unwind, destress and detach from the business. This is even more common now due to us being able to access one another in a click of a button.

When issues arise, people can immediately get hold of you. This can cause you to work overtime, which causes a lot of imbalance in your life.

You are working on weekends, interrupted at dinners, and leave activities early. You do all this, to deal with the crisis in the business.

Although this can be a must on the odd occasion, in the long term it creates a much larger issue.


The business becomes dependent on you. This will cause you to burn out.

Solution: You must create your ideal entrepreneur lifestyle.

You need a clear vision for what you want your lifestyle to be like as you run the business in the future. This helps you maintain a profitable business, whilst also taking time off. For more resources on this check out the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Accelerator ( www.ben-ivey.com/entrepreneur-lifestyle-accelerator )


5. Health deteriorating

Have you chosen to prioritize your business over your health? If you are like thousands of other entrepreneurs I have met, my guess is yes. You believe that you dont have time to work out and prioritize health because you have a business to run!


You some exercise but most of your time is working. You are in meetings, traveling, and expanding the business. The issue that arises is this also leads to overwhelm.

If you do not prioritize your health, you will start to think slower. You will have a lower tolerance for stress, and be inefficient in your business.

I am guessing you want to create sustainable business success without burning out? Then your health MUST be a priority.

If you could pay for your team to be 30% more productive how much would you pay? My guess is A LOT of money.

By starting to prioritize your health as a leader you will improve your business, not 30% but much, much more.

The business will improve, you will be in a better mood and you'll even have more sleep! Even more important, you'll have less stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.

Solution: Prioritise your health

 

Read more about prioritizing health and maintaining energy throughout the day here: 

Optimising Energy Series 1 |  



6. No system to help organize yourself

If you dont have a system, you will experience overwhelm as an entrepreneur.

You are living in a reaction without a system to organize yourself. This means that day-to-day you spend time putting out fires in your business. You are responding, as opposed to working on long term business expansion.

There are so many different projects, ideas as well as issues that occur when running a business. Yet most business owners store everything they need to do in their minds. Do you do the same thing?

You remember everything you need to do in your head. You write some items down but your list keeps changing. You feel like you never get a break to actually organise everything you need to.

You feel like you are being pulled in many directions.

You are not alone. 83% of business owners spend the majority of their time living in reaction too.

Yet, just because most business owners feel overwhelmed, doesnt mean you have to be this way too.

Solution: Create a system that works for you.

Dont attempt to use a system that you cant adapt to your circumstances. For a better understanding of how to manage your time, check out

Why  most people say they dont have enough time? |


7. Feel you can do everything

Do you ever find that employees arent as efficient as you? You may have attempted to give them tasks but you realize it is easier to do it yourself.

If this relates to you, then I imagine you are doing all the most important tasks in your business. The truth is you are the business.

If you stopped working no money would come in. You are currently a business operator. A business operator works in the business. A business owner works on the business.

This is a very important distinction to make.

The truth is that at this point you are working in your business. You are self-employed by the business. How much time you have in the day limits you, which means you feel like you cant get enough tasks done.

This often occurs when you are not able to trust people and want to always be in control. You doubt whether people can do the job you assigned them.

You either end up doing the tasks yourself or micromanaging your team. You may do this to such an extent, that you might as well never give them the task in the first place!

It is this feeling of wanting to be in control that will bring you waves of overwhelming. Especially when the world is changing so fast that it is hard to keep up.

Maybe you are wondering how to get out of this vicious cycle?

Solution: Learn to let go of control

Letting go of control is one of the most challenging parts of being an entrepreneur. You start to give control to other people who will represent your business.

 

For help to let go of control, remove stress and overcome overwhelm, join our online workshop on 2nd June

 

REGISTER NOW TO OVERCOME BUSINESS OVERWHELM 





About Ben Ivey

Ben Ivey is an entrepreneur lifestyle expert, international speaker, Tony Robbins Strategic Intervention Coach and the Lead Facilitator for Zero Suicide Systems Nu-Rekall. After overcoming his own self-sabotage in business, he now helps other entrepreneurs create business success whilst living an extra-ordinary lifestyle.

Ben is the founder of the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Accelerator, supporting overwhelmed entrepreneurs around the globe that are struggling to create the success they desire. His events led by his trainers are now regularly held internationally, working with senior leadership teams of large companies such as Maersk, HSBC and Coca Cola. Ben is also the founder of the Lifestyle Coach Academy, training lifestyle coaches with the coaching skills, knowledge and business strategies to build a coaching practice online.





\n

Dealing with Business Stress and Overwhelm



Feeling overwhelmed is very common for entrepreneurs.

It is no secret that entrepreneurs often work 60-hour weeks. This constant focus on the business with all the tasks at hand can often be stressful.

When you have to manage one business that is hard enough. Yet, many business owners I've worked with have many businesses in different markets.


Its not hard to imagine the amount of sheer volume of work that can often be overwhelming to them. Yet despite this, there are some entrepreneurs who don't struggle with overwhelm. What do they do differently?

 

If you would like to learn much more about this topic, join the online Overcome Business Overwhelm Workshop on 2nd June where youll learn:

 

Discover the 8 causes of stress for entrepreneurs and how to avoid them.

How to remove overwhelm from the business over 80% of the time

Master the 5 key strategies to handle stress as an entrepreneur

 


In the meantime, read below which factors can cause stress and overwhelm and exactly what to do to overcome it. 


1. Set too high expectations

Many entrepreneurs have high expectations of themselves and their teams. These expectations often cause overwhelm as you attempt to live up to them.

It is ironic that often this pressure you put on yourself is so high, that you end up procrastinating. The very expectations you set actually cause you to fear not being able to reach them.

If this resonates with you, then you most likely have a tendency to be a perfectionist. This is great in that you pay attention to detail, aim to get things right the first time, and never want to fail.


Yet, when it comes to your own expectations you will always fall short. No one can reach perfection.

The solution: Take action before everything is perfect, read the following article for more details:

How to take action before everything is perfect?


This will give you the exact steps you need to take to overcome your tendency to want everything to be perfect. 


2. Focusing on the fear

Fear of failure,

Fear of not being good enough

Fear of not being able to provide for your family

These are a few fears of many, those business owners I have worked with face. Its this fear above all else that makes entrepreneurs feel stressed.

When you focus on the fear it often gets worse. This leads you down a negative spiral of emotions.

The hardest part about this is that the very circumstances you fear often become a reality. The mind cant tell the difference between imagination and reality. This is where self-sabotage kicks in.

For example, have you ever told an employee to not screw up a presentation? Then what happens? They completely messed up the presentation!

In their mind, they are thinking dont screw up; dont make a mistake. This fear when focused on too much actually creates the exact results that they fear most.


Its no wonder that entrepreneurs focusing on their fears feel overwhelmed.

The solution: You must learn to direct your mind as opposed to allowing it to control you. 


This is one of the key modules we cover in the Entrepreneurs Lifestyle Accelerator. 


3. Meeting the expectations of others.

Its not your own expectations that cause overwhelm, but also the expectations of others. These can be from your investors, shareholders, and employees, to name a few.

This becomes magnified into a feeling of overwhelming if you have a tendency to want to please other people. It is a great recipe for disaster.

People-pleasing is a great skill when everyone agrees. But, often there are conflicts of interest in your business. If you please one side, it will disappoint another.

For a person that is a pleaser, there is nothing more overwhelming in life than these double binds. You will often feel paralyzed in your decision-making as you have no idea what to do.

You feel that you are letting people down. You are losing control of the business and you arent being the leader you want to be. This in turn can lead to even more unwanted negative emotions.

Solution: You must learn to let go of people-pleasing

There are many struggles of being a people pleaser and some exact steps to take to overcome it. Learn about these steps in the following article: 


REGISTER TO OVERCOME BUSINESS OVERWHELM 




4. You have no me time

If you are working on the business 24/7 then you won't have time for yourself.

You dont have time to unwind, destress and detach from the business. This is even more common now due to us being able to access one another in a click of a button.

When issues arise, people can immediately get hold of you. This can cause you to work overtime, which causes a lot of imbalance in your life.

You are working on weekends, interrupted at dinners, and leave activities early. You do all this, to deal with the crisis in the business.

Although this can be a must on the odd occasion, in the long term it creates a much larger issue.


The business becomes dependent on you. This will cause you to burn out.

Solution: You must create your ideal entrepreneur lifestyle.

You need a clear vision for what you want your lifestyle to be like as you run the business in the future. This helps you maintain a profitable business, whilst also taking time off. For more resources on this check out the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Accelerator ( www.ben-ivey.com/entrepreneur-lifestyle-accelerator )


5. Health deteriorating

Have you chosen to prioritize your business over your health? If you are like thousands of other entrepreneurs I have met, my guess is yes. You believe that you dont have time to work out and prioritize health because you have a business to run!


You some exercise but most of your time is working. You are in meetings, traveling, and expanding the business. The issue that arises is this also leads to overwhelm.

If you do not prioritize your health, you will start to think slower. You will have a lower tolerance for stress, and be inefficient in your business.

I am guessing you want to create sustainable business success without burning out? Then your health MUST be a priority.

If you could pay for your team to be 30% more productive how much would you pay? My guess is A LOT of money.

By starting to prioritize your health as a leader you will improve your business, not 30% but much, much more.

The business will improve, you will be in a better mood and you'll even have more sleep! Even more important, you'll have less stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.

Solution: Prioritise your health

 

Read more about prioritizing health and maintaining energy throughout the day here: 

Optimising Energy Series 1 |  



6. No system to help organize yourself

If you dont have a system, you will experience overwhelm as an entrepreneur.

You are living in a reaction without a system to organize yourself. This means that day-to-day you spend time putting out fires in your business. You are responding, as opposed to working on long term business expansion.

There are so many different projects, ideas as well as issues that occur when running a business. Yet most business owners store everything they need to do in their minds. Do you do the same thing?

You remember everything you need to do in your head. You write some items down but your list keeps changing. You feel like you never get a break to actually organise everything you need to.

You feel like you are being pulled in many directions.

You are not alone. 83% of business owners spend the majority of their time living in reaction too.

Yet, just because most business owners feel overwhelmed, doesnt mean you have to be this way too.

Solution: Create a system that works for you.

Dont attempt to use a system that you cant adapt to your circumstances. For a better understanding of how to manage your time, check out

Why  most people say they dont have enough time? |


7. Feel you can do everything

Do you ever find that employees arent as efficient as you? You may have attempted to give them tasks but you realize it is easier to do it yourself.

If this relates to you, then I imagine you are doing all the most important tasks in your business. The truth is you are the business.

If you stopped working no money would come in. You are currently a business operator. A business operator works in the business. A business owner works on the business.

This is a very important distinction to make.

The truth is that at this point you are working in your business. You are self-employed by the business. How much time you have in the day limits you, which means you feel like you cant get enough tasks done.

This often occurs when you are not able to trust people and want to always be in control. You doubt whether people can do the job you assigned them.

You either end up doing the tasks yourself or micromanaging your team. You may do this to such an extent, that you might as well never give them the task in the first place!

It is this feeling of wanting to be in control that will bring you waves of overwhelming. Especially when the world is changing so fast that it is hard to keep up.

Maybe you are wondering how to get out of this vicious cycle?

Solution: Learn to let go of control

Letting go of control is one of the most challenging parts of being an entrepreneur. You start to give control to other people who will represent your business.

 

For help to let go of control, remove stress and overcome overwhelm, join our online workshop on 2nd June

 

REGISTER NOW TO OVERCOME BUSINESS OVERWHELM 





About Ben Ivey

Ben Ivey is an entrepreneur lifestyle expert, international speaker, Tony Robbins Strategic Intervention Coach and the Lead Facilitator for Zero Suicide Systems Nu-Rekall. After overcoming his own self-sabotage in business, he now helps other entrepreneurs create business success whilst living an extra-ordinary lifestyle.

Ben is the founder of the Entrepreneur Lifestyle Accelerator, supporting overwhelmed entrepreneurs around the globe that are struggling to create the success they desire. His events led by his trainers are now regularly held internationally, working with senior leadership teams of large companies such as Maersk, HSBC and Coca Cola. Ben is also the founder of the Lifestyle Coach Academy, training lifestyle coaches with the coaching skills, knowledge and business strategies to build a coaching practice online.





\n

No comments:

Post a Comment