I love stress.
It’s taken me 27 years to get to this point.
I used to try and avoid it whenever I could (hint: you can’t). My creativity knew no bounds when it came to dreaming up ingenious new ways to stay away from any potentially stressful situation.
But it just doesn’t work like that. Stress happened. No matter how much I wanted to forget about it, it found a way to pop up again like a creepy celebrity stalker.
It’s been a long road, but I’ve come to love my persistent admirer.
Here’s why. When I look back on it, every time I was trying to “avoid stress” I was stagnant. I was reacting to the circumstances around me instead of trying to proactively BUILD what I wanted.
I got so wrapped up with avoiding stress that it became a chore. And when stress inevitably showed up, I was ill-prepared to deal with it.
The right kind of stress (i.e., external stress that arises naturally from your actions and isn’t a creation of an anxious mind) is good. All significant growth comes through stress.
If building a successful business were easy, everyone would be doing it.
Embrace stress. Prepare for it. And start seeing it as a sign you’re on the right path to building the business (and life) you want.
It will come whether you want it to or not.
The comfort zone – the intentional avoidance of stress in favor of the familiar – now, that’s something to be worried about . . . if you ever want your business to take off.
P.S. How do you deal with stress in your business and personal life? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment and let me know!