You are not alone. Running a business is much harder than it looks to the outside world: anxiety, long hours and sleepless nights seem to go with the territory. Here is a useful analogy for being an entrepreneur from Toby Thomas (CEO of EnSite Solutions):
“A man riding a lion – people look at him and think, ‘This guy’s really got it together! He’s brave!’ And the man riding the lion is thinking, ‘How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?’ ”
The challenges in running a business can seem endless and the light at the end of the tunnel never seems to get any closer. I have helped many people in this kind of situation and I may be able to help you. Call me, Bill Ford, on 07900 185 548 to set up a free exploratory chat or email me by clicking here.
“The opportunity to take time out to reflect on current pressures and decisions in a totally confidential and supportive relationship has been invaluable and the resulting insights have considerably increased my effectiveness as a manager and leader”.
- Bill Penney, MD, Ashton Penney Partnership Ltd
From time to time, even the most successful business owners will experience some or all of the following:
- Working insanely long hours
- Sleepless nights staring at the ceiling
- Waking up at 4am with your mind racing, and not being able to shut it off
- Near-debilitating anxiety and despair about making the payroll this month
- Emotional turbulence: loss of motivation, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness
- Not making time for loved ones
- Being crabby when you are with loved ones or living in a fog
- Never being able to relax
- Eating too little or too much
- No exercise
Sorry if that list was depressed you. I’ve helped others and may be able to help you. You can reach me on 07900 185 548 or email me by clicking here.
The latest brain research shows that when emotions are high, more blood flows to the parts of our brain that deal with threats to our survival. And less blood goes to the thinking, planning and creative parts of our brain. It is like a seesaw. So strong emotions make it harder to think clearly, resist distractions and see possibilities – essential for solving problems. Sadly, when we need to think the best, we are actually at our worst. A good coach can help you perform at your best more of the time and make the challenges more manageable and less overwhelming.
“I came to Bill Ford because I couldn’t work any harder in my role so I needed to find ways of working smarter to achieve my career goals. He helped me to understand how I needed to modify my approach to management.
“The new skills I have learned have helped me to resolve a number of long standing business issues which have helped my business to become more successful than it would have been otherwise.
“I am also working considerably fewer hours and have been able to introduce a better balance between work and personal life.”
- Simon Swetenham, Chief Executive, Swetenhams
” The overriding benefit was the ability to discuss, without fear of judgement, my inner feelings regarding myself and the business. This alone has justified the cost”
- Barry Willmore, MD, LG Electronics
I have been coaching business owners with these challenges for the last 20 years. I have written a book on coaching which is available in 5 languages and been featured in The Times, among other publications.
If you have any of these problems, I can probably help. Call Bill Ford on 07900 185 548 to set up a free exploratory chat. Or email me by clicking here.