This just might be the most important episode I ever record for this podcast, because it is so very relatable to so many people. I can pretty much guarantee that if you’re listening to this podcast, you’ve experienced some form of anxiety before. I myself experience mild anxiety semi-regularly, and although it’s not always the case, a lot of times it can stem from being a business owner.
Statistics show that:
There are so many people who deal with anxiety, and it’s become very prevalent in entrepreneurs. According to Forbes, here are 7 Reasons why Entrepreneurs Are Particularly Vulnerable to Mental Health Challenges:
1. Stress (and lack of self-care to manage said stress)
3. Social isolation
4. (More) shame perpetuated through “impression management”
5. Barriers to mental health resources
6. Predisposition to mental health challenges
7. Identity and self-worth become fused with our company
The extra hours put in as an entrepreneur are widely glorified. There’s a belief that the more you work, the better your business must be doing.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most small-business owners work up to 50 hours a week — at least 16 hours more than the national average.
We are working our butts off trying to prove ourselves and as a result, we’re lacking balance.
Does any of that sound familiar?
As creatives we go through all kinds of highs and lows. There’s an entrepreneurial graph that you’ve probably seen before where at one point in the day you’re super motivated and excited about what you’re working on, and the next you’re completely unsure about yourself. And it just goes up and down. I’m sure a lot of you can relate with that, just like I can!
If I’m hoping to book more weddings, am I showing quality wedding photos? Sometimes I’ll editing a recent wedding and I’ll need to remind myself that once I finish editing that gallery it will bring in more traffic. People know people; and if you do well, & treat others well, you’ll be treated well in turn.
If my eagerness has dwindled and shifted towards wanting to earn more money, then usually I’m not having as much fun. Which usually turns into booking less work. You see where this is going. When that happens, I think of what I’d really like to photograph and then make plans for it to happen. Sometimes you need to create a shoot for fun, or ask a friend to model for you. Find a way to let go of the worries and remember why you started in the first place, and it will make a difference.
This should really be the first question, but it can be easy to save it for last. It’s easy to forget that He can help our businesses grow too. We inevitably think we’re in control, but it’s okay to ask for help. And God’s always been someone I can count on.
Have a God-date
Shift Your Perspective
Every business owner has good and bad days. Don’t let the pretty feeds fool you. Whatever stage you’re at in your business, I know that you’re destined for great things. Just keep working on one thing at a time + trusting God along the way.
Kaitlynn Quist asks:
“What are some ways to feel successful in each step and how can one stop comparing themselves to others’ successes?”
How often should I take time for myself? When does it become too “selfish?”
How do I keep my commitments and grow my business when I am having a bad day or multiple bad days in a week? Bad day being a day I am crying or having panic attacks and/or even just feeling extremely introverted and unable to participate in normal daily interactions in a healthy way.
Are there any books you would recommend?