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How To Combat Negative Feelings In Your Business Life

Do you struggle with negative feelings? Honestly, who does not? These critical times are marked by economic uncertainty and hardship, volatile violence and careless injustice. It is hardly surprising that countless people today are troubled by overwhelming sadness, excessive guilt and a sense of personal worthlessness.

These negative feelings can be toxic. They may undermine our confidence, paralyse our reasoning ability and steal our joy. When we feel discouraged, we are weakened. We need our energy and power in order to keep on going in this burdened world. It is vital to keep negative feelings under control. (Note however, those who suffer with long-term or chronic depression may need to consult a qualified doctor).

There are three ways that may help you combat negative feelings.

  1. You need to be aware of those who are genuinely interested in you. The people who care for you, love you and value you highly. These are the people in your life who honestly have your best interests at heart and are understanding to your feelings. It is a comfort knowing that these are individuals who have come to know and respect you, and despite your flaws and mistakes, they are still sincerely concerned about your welfare.
  2. You need to surround yourself with a healthy, positive support group. Negative feelings cannot be dispelled if you surround yourself with depressive or cynical people. People who haven’t set clear goals and take action to achieve them, often have too much idle time which gives rise to negative thinking and inaction. These individuals won’t build you up, they will tear you down. Who you choose to be friends with will have a positive or a negative impact on your life both at home and in your business.
  3. You need hope or something to look forward to. What is your focus? Perhaps you are in a situation or environment that is conducive to encouraging negative feelings. You may be stuck in a job you don’t like with an unappreciative boss you have to answer to. You may be in a highly demanding corporate job, which robs your quality time from you and your loved ones. You may be overwhelmed by debt, concerned about your financial affairs and the security of your family. You may have been laid off your job or forced to take early retirement. Alternatively you may be forced to work longer before retiring and you are tired and seeking something that will give you better satisfaction. You may be a mother experiencing guilt at having to return to work after maternity leave. Perhaps you are anxious at the thought of leaving your children in a stranger’s care or the rising costs of childcare. Let’s face it…there are numerous factors in life, both personally and in business that can cause negative feelings. Do not panic. There are solutions. There are always choices even if they don’t seem abundantly clear at first. Education is important if you are going to stay ahead of the curve and create a secure nest egg for you and your family. Times are changing and only the well-informed individuals will be protected from the negative influences that abound today.

Don’t be a victim. Take action in combatting negative feelings and securing your future both in your personal and business life. What is your outlook? Don’t focus on what has gone wrong. Focus on what to do next. Spend your energy on moving forward and finding the solution. Securing your financial future in today’s uncertain economy is just one of the many steps you can take in ensuring a better life for you and your loved ones now and in the future. Act without delay. Secure Retirement Funds.

Strategies For Success After Failure in Business & Life

As part of my life journey I have faced many ups and downs in our business life, I’ve experienced the giddy heights of quick and meteoric success in business. Building up a company worth many millions of dollars and then an equally disastrous loss of fortune due the Asian Financial crisis of the late 90’s. This saw us losing large sums of money, in fact all of it bar a few dollars, many properties and most devastatingly, our family home. It truly was the most challenging time our family had ever faced.

The greatest toll it took on me was emotionally. It was extremely difficult for me to see this ‘failure’ for what it was; a set of external circumstances beyond our control. For me I felt like a personal failure, it was my fault and I let this keep me down for many years. I buried my natural creative, entrepreneurial nature and got busy focusing on our 3 very young children. I allowed my feelings of shame and humiliation to rob me of many years and almost every shred of confidence I had.

Today I was privileged to attend an event in Wellington called “Women and Wealth” where the keynote speaker was Suzanne Paul, a public figure in New Zealand, founder and inventor of the ‘Natural Glow’ cosmetic empire. Due to a new business venture failing, Suzanne has also experienced a very public loss of everything, including her self esteem and confidence. I have always admired her courage in sharing her story in her book and via interviews and speaking engagements. Like a lot of women, I have followed her story, been inspired by her sheer guts and determination to pick herself up, dust herself off and start over. Having slowly done the same myself firmly believing the mantra… “But wait, there’s more”

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure”. – Napoleon Hill

This quote from Napoleon Hill has given me strength and encouragement each day since I found it. If I’m experiencing any defeats in my day, I will open my iPhone and flick up this quote to inspire and motivate me to just keep going, put one foot in front of the other and move towards my goals.

If you find yourself in the same position, are 4 essential strategies to help you find your confidence again, you may be looking for whiz bang hard edge business strategies but I can assure you that healing your relationship with yourself first will guarantee you success in all areas of life and have you moving forward…

Forgive Yourself

Find a way to make peace with your past defeats, analyse ‘why’ this happened, find out all the outside influences that lead to the circumstances of your failure, examine your own decisions, identify what you could have done differently, learn from this lesson. By truly understanding what happened analytically, you can be confident of not making the same decisions again that lead you there. Now move on… and realign your focus and start on your new future.

Make a Plan for your New Future

Write your goals, dreams and aspirations out in a notebook, prioritise them and make an action plan of small steps you can take each day to reach these goals. If this is a new experience for you, start with small easily achievable goals. The fact that you are working towards them and achieving gives you confidence. each small achievement give you more confidence to tackle bigger dreams. Be Persistent.. Keep going until…

Change your Energy & Environment

Start to turn your energy around to a positive resonance and surround yourself with positive like minded people. Get out of your house and your comfort zone and find people who are going where you want to be. Reprogramme yourself. ‘Fake it til you make it” or acting ‘as if’ you are enthusiastic, energised and motivated each day will soon trick your brain into actually being & feeling this way. When you are surrounded by happy motivated people you can not help but feel the same way. And curiously they will be drawn to your positive and motivated energy, giving you perpetual support and encouragement.

Plan for and enjoy a holistic Life

Remember although we are primarily addressing business success from failure, leading a life balanced with good health, a loving family environment, caring and supportive friends, charity, achievement and wealth is a successful life indeed.

Successful Investing in Self and Wealth.

4 Ways to Get Your Business Life in Order

One of the important things any business owner must do is to put things in order. Prioritizing is the key to success. Knowing what to give the most importance to may take some creativity, but it must be done. Here are a few keys to help you take control over your business and get organized.

1. Create a file. I would suggest purchasing an expandable file that has slots and tabs for you to label things. This way, you can file things in order of importance and finally get certain daunting tasks done.

2.Label your files accordingly. Make a section for each project that you are working on so that when you come across something that belongs in that section, you can file it away and know where it is at.

3. Do high priority tasks first. Let’s face it, the things of most importance must be done first. High priority items may be the most tedious to perform, so the most allowable amount of time should be spent on seeing these tasks through to completion. For writers, formatting your book may be the most tedious task you may ever find yourself doing, but because it can be done, you should do it first.

4. Label tasks of less importance in order from least to highest priority. Maybe you still need to choose between writing that first draft of your business plan, or putting the finishing touches on that new article you’ve been working on. Whatever the case may be, you have to figure out which things MUST be done, and which ones could stand to wait a day or two. Do the things that must be done first, and the others once the high priority projects are done.

Hopefully these four keys can help you to get your business life in order.