Like any other entrepreneur, they worry about:
- How to increase sales and revenues
- How to fuel their company’s growth
- How to manage costs
- Where to invest their time and resources
- How to mitigate risks
They also have unique concerns:
- How will the increasing instability of certain global regions affect their business?
- How will they steer clear of corrupt business practices, staying in-line with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act?
- How will the appreciation of the US Dollar vis-à-vis other currencies affect international demand?
- How will they manage unique health and security threats while traveling for business?
It has been almost four years since I started SH International, and became a global entrepreneur myself serving other global entrepreneurs. In these many months, I have worried constantly. I have worried about how my business would take shape, what direction it would go in, and whether it would be successful.
After the first few successes, the worries did not go away, they simply became more demanding. Instead of worrying about starting cash flow, I worried about the magnitude of cash flow, and then sustainability. Instead of worrying about getting my first several clients, I started worrying about how to work on more sustainable terms.
As a global entrepreneur, I worried about how I would balance international travel with a desire for a family, considering that the business runs on my shoulders. I even worried about my clients worrying about how ISIS would affect their plans to have a launch party in the Middle East, following our engagement where we successfully established a new Middle East global sales and distribution channel.
While taking action on the items that worry you is the most obvious solution for the entrepreneur, along with a never-ending to-do list comes a never-ending list of worries that seems to pervade every corner of our waking hours.
Now, I have decided to “lifehack” the worrying. This is how: I write at the top of a sheet of paper the following words: 5 Minutes of Worrying- GO!
Then I use a timer, and write down everything that I am worried about. Do not forget to include some personal items, you are trying to stop ALL worrying. It is surprisingly hard to use the full five minutes, even though one can easily spend hours during the day worrying otherwise.
In the beginning, you can start by doing this every day. As time goes on, you should find yourself not needing to do this as often to keep your worries at bay. Congratulations! You have essentially compartmentalized all worrying into five minutes of your daily routine, tops!
You can use the salvaged time to take action on your business, be present in the moment, or simply relax. I have been using some of the extra time to watch Spanish telenovelas and keep my polyglot skills sharp.
Sound too good to be true? Well, it only take five minutes, so try it and share your experiences in a comment.