How Your Emotions Affect Your Business
When it comes to your business, are you suffering from business stuck-itis? What am I talking about, you ask? Business stuck-itis is a negative, emotional symptom that prevents us from starting or growing our businesses. I know about business stuck-itis because I suffered for years from it. It can affect your business by creating financial, mental and emotional anguish.
Business stuck-itis manifests itself in the following ways:
- A lack of focus
- Weak goals or no goals
- No marketing or business plan
- Disorganization that prevents you from working
- Low or stalled sales
But these are just symptoms. The real problem is that Aspirepreneurs, the sensitive souls that we are, have hidden personal wounds that haven’t healed. These wounds create fear, which keeps us from making progress in our business.
Here are a few examples of personal wounds:
- Being criticized for being a poor writer or speaker when you were young.
- Never feeling accepted and loved by your parents.
- Unrecognized creativity never developed.
- Feeling powerless and defenseless as a child.
- Suffering abuse in some way.
- Growing up poor and felt a sense of lack.
Most of us have suffered these types of wounds. We rarely connect these feelings to what’s going on with our businesses.
When your personal wounds are sabotaging your progress, somewhere inside you don’t feel worthy in some way or another. So for now, forget about time management strategies, planning sessions, and goal setting. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what is keeping you stuck.
What is the hidden wound causing your business stuck-itis?
To learn what it is, try this meditation. When you get a moment alone, turn off the sound on all your electronics and get comfortable. Close your eyes and take a deep breath.
Now, ask yourself: “Which emotional wound, from my childhood or early adult life, is holding me back?” Sit quietly and wait. The answer may pop into your mind as words or imagines. Don’t judge what you feel. Write it down. Journal about it. Feel the pain and then work on releasing it.
“When you sit alone and think out your thoughts … then that is your loudest cry!” Stephen Richards
You will know the answer when you feel a sense of pain or loss. Sit with the pain for a bit, then say: “I would love to let this painful memory go.” Be patient. It may not disappear right away. Next, take another deep breath and know you are one step closer to moving forward in your business.
You now have the opportunity to face the story that has led your life.