Learning to cope with stressful situations by shifting your mindset to build self confidence, can make all the difference when it comes to managing your small business out of a financial crisis or global pandemic. The revelation your own mind set, (the stories you tell yourself), may be the reason for business failure, is a bitter pill to swallow.
Recognising how you are feeling right now is particularly helpful. As those small business owners who succumb to environmental stressors are often the first casualties of an economic crash.
A perceived negative belief can generate stress and interfere with the ability to deal with the here-and-now problems. Without even realising it, you’ve let self-doubt destroy any chance you had of saving your small business.
How to build self confidence
A crisis of confidence may mean you graciously sacrifice your own interests only to dwell on your past failures afterwards. You may even accept situations you are unhappy with, just to avoid confrontation.
Even if your heart is racing inside, a clam self-confident demeanour, provides the illusion of sureness and self-worth.
Being mindful of when and why you start to lose your confidence may help you to recognise the triggers, so you can do something about it. If you can catch negative thoughts as they occur, you can potentially reframe them into more positive terms.
If you start to doubt yourself, imagine all the things that could go wrong or the ways you might mess up. Now stop, instead of focusing on the negative, think about all the reasons you might succeed. If you can change your negative, destructive behaviour first, this may lead to feelings of self-confidence later.
Ultimately the best way to reduce anxiety is to try to overcome or reduce the issue causing the anxiety. Trust in your own abilities in business and have the confidence to have a more positive attitude towards an uncertain future. Equally recognise you can’t do everything if you always try to do everything perfectly. Striving for perfection only increases anxiety. Often the best lessons learnt are those that resulted from failure.
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Naomi Clews Consultancy
Procurement, Tendering, Business Skills