Running a business can be quite a heck of a job. It can be easy to get down with the stress and constant struggles that come with owning a business. Here is a list of ways you can stay happy in your virtual assistant practice, business or even if you work in a traditional job.
1. Don’t Be Afraid Of Change
Embrace it! Sometimes we have to go through changes and often it is good! You don’t want to get stuck in a rut while the rest of the world passes you by. This can be especially harmful for your business. Being able to adapt in an ever changing world of business will allow you to stand out among the other considerable number of individuals in Nigeria that are also business owners.
2. Help someone solve a problem.
Do this by using your specific expertise or network.
3. Enough with the Excuses
Excuses aren’t doing you any favors. Instead, they’re holding you back. Take any little mishaps or failures and turn them into learning opportunities. Take the problem, find out how to solve it. Don’t waste time coming up with a way to excuse it.
4. Accept and Learn From Your Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, we’re human . However, if you don’t take your mistakes and learn from them, then they aren’t going to serve you well. Accept them and take steps to correct them.
5. It’s For You
This is your business. You’re supposed to love your job. Sure, you want to have happy clients but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep yourself happy as well. It isn’t just your money on the line, it’s your life and your happiness. Don’t let your job drain it all away from you.
6. Stay fearless
Fear holds us back. It stops us from taking chances that could really be good for us. You’ve probably heard the famous quote from President Roosevelt, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Don’t let fear hold you back from greatness.
7. Reflect about the things you’re grateful for.
Focus on how much you’ve already achieved.
8. Develop and cultivate your strengths
Everyone is good at different things. Realize that crazy mad skill you possess and build on it. This will not only better yourself but also your business or work.
9. Stop blaming others
Just like making excuses, blaming others really just holds you back when it comes to solving the problem. “Who” is not as important as “why” or “how” when it comes to fixing the problem.
10. Set your own expectations
While you’re serving the wants and needs of your clients, it’s important to keep in mind whose business it is. Yours. Build and shape your business into whatever you want it to be. Set goals that you can actually reach, expand and create an environment that is comfortable for not only your customers, but for you as well. Never forget that this is your business and it’s what you want it to be.
11. Put off your phone for some amounts of time each day.
Or set it to stop buzzing every time you get a new email. Designate certain times every day to deal with your messages and stick to those boundaries.
12. Look Ahead to the Future
Don’t hold on to yesterday. So what if it was a bad day? If you don’t let it go it can really hold you back and distract you from the prize. Brush it off and keep pushing onward to success.
13. Lighten up and keep a smile on your face.
When a crisis arises, ask yourself if it will really matter in a week, a month or a year. The answer is usually no.
14. Accept that sometimes you may be wrong
Nobody is right all of the time. We aren’t perfect, we make bad choices and sometimes we’re flat out wrong. It’s okay to accept ideas from someone else if they are better than yours, you don’t have to be right all the time. Being able to seek out the right answers, even if they aren’t your own is the first step to being able to grow.
15. Cultivate an attitude of peace and fun about yourself and others.
People are complicated and everyone makes mistakes. Find the humor in things every day.
While these are only some suggestions to get you started on the right path, hopefully they will serve as stepping stones towards the goal of lessening the everyday stress that comes along with owning a business or working in a traditional job.