Where To Look For Resilience As An Entrepreneur

A couple of months ago, I attended a four-day retreat, in the middle of the Suffolk countryside. The foundations of the retreat were firmly rooted in the principles behind our experience of life (more on that another time).

During this retreat, I came to understand a lot of things, things that make a lot of sense, and things that can save us a lot of time and mental energy, in work and in life. Anxiety and the pointlessness of it was one of them, and I’ve already written about that, which you can read about here. Read more

Believing In My Own Resilience – In Conversation with Louise Moles

“You have strengths and you have emotional resilience, and you have unique skill sets that you can use within your business, so put those to use, and don’t move the goal posts along the way.” (Louise Moles, Thrive with Louise)

If you’re in need of a pep talk this week, then this is it!

This week on the podcast, I’m in conversation with Louise Moles of Thrive With Louise. Read more

The ‘Inner Journey’ Of Being An Entrepreneur (warts and all)

If you’ve been listening to The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast recently or receiving these newsletters for a while, you’ll often hear me talk about how the entrepreneurial journey is full of ups and downs, and twists and turns.

What you’ll also hear me say is that the rocky ride is all quite normal and expected; and actually, the closer we can sail to the reality of that, the less likely we are to feel frustrated, fed up, or disappointed when things don’t go our way. Read more

Anticipatory Anxiety

Anxiety Is An Incomplete Equation

In the work that I do as a hypnotherapist and coach, I very often talk to clients about the idea that when change happens, it happens within them, not outside of them. In other words, the world doesn’t necessarily change, but they will feel pleasantly different. It may be very subtle, and it may not even occur to them until they reflect on it. So they may have a new perspective on something, or see a problem in a very different way, to the point that it just doesn’t bother them anymore.

Anxiety is a bit like that. Very often people link anxiety to events, circumstances, people or situations. The first option they’ll try is to change those things first, or even move away from them. “when this isn’t in my life, I will feel better”. I’ve been there too, believe me!  Read more

Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur

Depression. What is depression?

The feeling of waking up each morning exhausted regardless of how much sleep you’ve had. A severe lack of motivation and enthusiasm to do anything or go anywhere, and a head full of rumination with frequent thoughts of “what’s the point?” and “what’s wrong with me?” When you find it almost impossible to string a sentence together or remember what you did 30 minutes ago, let alone last weekend.  Read more

What To Do When You’re Struggling To Make A Decision

Making a decision should be easy. That choice or this one. That’s it. Yet, why does it feel so hard to make a decision sometimes?

Some people talk about the feeling of ‘analysis paralysis’ and it really can feel like that at times. The anxiety of not being able to make a decision for fear of getting it wrong.   Read more

Grass Is Greener Syndrome In Business

Is Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?

Grass Is Greener Syndrome. I made it up. Well, at least I thought I did until I consulted Google and realised I didn’t make it up at all! Apparently – it’s a ‘thing’.

Grass Is Greener, Shiny Object Syndrome – call it what you like, what we’re really talking about here is a feeling of dissatisfaction with what one currently has, and so looking outside of that to fix it.

Being aware of doing it is one thing, knowing what to do about it is another.  Read more

What To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up In Your Business

The rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur. Some days the work feels so joyful and effortless, while other days it feels like a total uphill struggle – which is no fun at all. What about those days  (correction, weeks) where it does feel tough? Where it all feels too hard, and the excitement that you first felt about setting up on your own feels like a very long time ago indeed.

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When Fear Gets In The Way Of Your Business

Let’s face it, working for yourself and becoming your own boss can be one rollercoaster ride of a journey. The highs, the lows, and the incredible learning curves. Many entrepreneurs describe self-employment as a journey of personal development. The best therapy you can get!

One topic that comes up regularly with small business owners is fear. Fear and anxiety.  Read more

Musings On… Negative Thoughts

Imagine if we dismissed our negative or distracting thoughts like we do dreams?

Sometimes we can wake up after a bad dream can’t we, and we automatically calm ourselves down with

“Oh it’s OK, it was just a dream, it doesn’t mean anything”

Immediately, it puts our mind at rest.

So…. if that works with dreams (which really, are just thoughts but at night time), Read more