When there is a problem in your business you know you will have to deal with, you can do several things. You can give up, which isn’t a good idea if you want to keep your business profitable. You can make a snap decision, which can get you into even deeper issues. Or you can persevere. But what does perseverance mean? Well, perseverance is steady persistence despite obstacles or issues. There are three ways that people persevere.
1. Enduring – This is the first type of perseverance. Comparable to an ostrich sticking its head in the sand, someone who endures makes no move at all. In fact, they ignore the fact that anything is wrong. This is a good way to allow a bad situation to evolve into an even worse situation.
2. Struggling – This is the second type of perseverance. Immediately reacting to the issue, these people jump into a hornets nest without any prior planning. They fight and rail against injustice and difficulty, but to no avail. All flash and no substance, their struggles are in vain because they do not have a plan. All the effort in the world will be unsuccessful if you don’t plan ahead.
3. Waiting – The third type of perseverance is the productive one. The balance between endurance and struggle, waiting implies action in the future. No jumping in where angels fear to tread and no digging down in a fox hole. Just quiet, thoughtful planning before you make a move. Like a game of chess, every strategy and countermove must be thought out before the first piece is touched. This is the mark of a successful overcomer of problems; the ability to stay calm and rational and still make a decision.
But how do you stay calm? Stress is a huge part of life. We all go through stress at some point. It might be at work, it might be at home or with friends. Whatever the case is, getting upset just makes a stressful situation more difficult. But how do you stay cool, calm and collected in the midst of a storm? Well, here are three ways you can handle your reaction to the stresses in your life:
- Breathe – One of the most common reactions to stress is holding your breath. That or hyperventilating. Neither one is very effective. Those reactions are due to your fight or flight reaction, and just increase your anxiety level. Combat that by thinking about your breathing. Take deep, slow breaths, using your stomach and not your chest. You’ll be surprised at how much this lowers your stress level… and your blood pressure.
- Go to a quiet place – Now, I’m not suggesting you can always physically get away from the stress in your life. But even in the middle of an argument, you can find a quiet place. Shut your eyes for a moment and quiet your mind. Picture somewhere peaceful, safe, and serene and go there. Even just a second’s reprieve will keep you from being overwhelmed.
- What is the worst that can happen? – Worry about the future is a huge stressor. Even in a simple argument, your stress increases because you fear for the future- of that relationship or just of the night. But if you take a minute to think, you’ll realize something. What is really the worst that can happen, and how would you deal with that? Once you have a plan in place for the very worst, it no longer seems so stressful.
I’m not trying to offer you solutions to avoid stress, just to keep from being overwhelmed by it. The more upset you let yourself get, the worse the stressful situation will become. Be a rock in the middle of a storm, unruffled and unmoved. If you stay calm, the situation will only get better.
There are certain universal truths in the world. One of which is that there will be problems. In business, as in life, problems are inevitable. It is the way you handle those problems that determine how successful you are. Remember not to leap without looking, nor to ignore the obvious. Keep balanced stay alert, and make your move when the time is right. That is the way to successfully overcome obstacles.
Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, and Babysitting, live out nanny tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com.
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.