Executive Emotional Training
Taking a quick break from our latter series of key
topics, we’re taking a quick look at other business issues, in this case,
emotional training for business owners.
It’s tough running a small business, there are
increasing stresses and strains. So this blog deals with a subject often
ignored or indeed swept under the carpet. It’s just a few simple thoughts on
how to better deal with all those stresses and strains of business life.
- Extinguish negative
It’s easy to get into a habit of negative thoughts, especially about small
things. If this happens, interrupt with a positive thought, for example “it
won’t last that long”.
- Set and complete small goals: When large tasks seem daunting, break them down into small chunks, which are easier to manage and which completing produces essentially a feel good factor, leading to more.
- Try to feel more positive
than you actually do: Business is hard and there are always difficulties, and this
can lead to self doubt. Think positively if only about small things, again this
helps a positive train of thought.
- Teach yourself to say
Avoid pursuing unobtainable goals of perfection, which leads to negativity.
Develop the confidence to say “no” and focus on achievable goals.
- Resolve inner conflict: “The white nose of inner
conflict is the enemy of peace”. Inner conflict often arises from untrue
perceptions, say about the business, or your leadership. Think clinically about
why you actually think that, often it’s based on some past issue. When you understand that, you can resolve it.
- Understand your
Often emotions are learned behaviour, and can simply become bad habits. Try to
determine why you feel like you do about something, and then you can feel and
express more positive feelings.
- Ask how others see you: There is often a clear and incorrect
difference between our self image and how others see us. Seek trusted opinions about how others really
do see you, this is often a better person than the one we often look through.
- Physically connect: In an increasingly
virtual world we become necessarily disconnected. Old fashioned physical gestures, from eye
contact, to hugging tap into our actual innate need to connect. Do more interaction, it’s very likely to be
- Be kind: Last and by no means
least, an old truism but one often forgotten in the increasingly hectic world
we live in – small voluntary acts of kindness bring as much happiness as they
give to others. They help us rise up out
of the murky depths of everyday life.
4 June 2019