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49 Inspirational Quotes And Mantras To Help You Overcome The Stress Of Running A Business

Check out these words of wisdom, affirmation and positivity.

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I never considered myself a high-stress person… until I started my first company. The stress of running a company was unfamiliar to me and I didn’t know how to handle it. I found that working out usually helped, but I couldn’t go for a run twelve times a day when anxiety hit. Then for my birthday, my mom got me a sign that said:

“‘Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.’ – Unknown.”

I put it up in my office and glanced over at it when I got overwhelmed. Most of the time, it actually helped. That’s when I realised positive reminders and words of affirmation could go a long way. Since then, I’ve found some more mantras I refer to when I need a boost. I even wear them on my wrist with Mantra Bands.

Related: Stress Kills! 5 Ways to Keep Your Stress Levels Low

I started asking people what mantras they use. Most of them interpret mantras as words of motivation rather than a sound repeated to aid concentration. After gathering mantras from people, I learned two things:

  1. A lot of people use mantras
  2. Mantras are all relative.

Some of the mantras that were being sent to me didn’t motivate me personally, but helped motivate the person who sent it. I realised that everyone has different issues they’re working through or goals they want to achieve, and their mantra reflects that. The words that serve you the most are all relative to your experience. When I started professionally speaking, every time before I’d go on stage I’d say in my head, “You got this.”

You might find a few mantras and quotes on this list that really energise you, which is great. Or, this might encourage you to ask your friends what mantras they use. You can learn more about what’s on their mind from one simple mantra they use.

  1. Be vulnerable, be courageous, and find comfort in the uncomfortable.
  2. Just for today.
  3. Prepare like you have never won and perform like you have never lost.
  4. Trust the process.
  5. A vision is a dream with a plan.
  6. You only fail when you stop trying.
  7. Make it a great day or not – the choice is yours.
  8. Life is either short or really, really long. Either way, you better spend it doing what makes you happy.
  9. Bloom where you are planted.
  10. People support a world they help create.
  11. Wherever you are, be all there.
  12. Nothing in nature blooms all year. Be patient with yourself.
  13. Have fun.
  14. Work as if someone is trying to take it away from you.
  15. Don’t major in minor things.
  16. Be stubborn and flexible at the same time.
  17. A flourishing career starts with persistence.
  18. Go & do.
  19. Believe, achieve. Doubt, you’re out.
  20. No means not yet!
  21. If opportunity doesn’t knock, then build a new door.
  22. Oh what the f*%&, go for it anyway!
  23. E+R=O, there is always an (E)vent and there will always be an (O)utcome but how you (R)espond determines what happens!
  24. Happiness is a choice.
  25. Progress is a process.
  26. As you think, so you shall be.
  27. I am safe to _______.
  28. You are here on purpose.
  29. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
  30. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.
  31. Under promise, over deliver.
  32. No one is going to do it like me.
  33. Be brave.
  34. Onward and upward.
  35. Claim your values; pick your priorities.
  36. Better done than perfect.
  37. Perfectionism stunts progress. Good enough is good enough.
  38. We are all just trying to feel good. Stop beating yourself up for shitty choices you made while trying to feel good. It’s called being human.
  39. Fall down 7 times, get up 8.
  40. Trust the path.
  41. Full speed, no brakes.
  42. Let it go.
  43. It doesn’t hurt when it’s over.
  44. If nobody hates it then nobody loves it.
  45. Trust.
  46. Don’t overthink. Trust your gut. Make a decision. And always keep learning.
  47. If you don’t dream it, you can’t live it!
  48. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
  49. I can and I will.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Jessica Ekstrom founded Headbands of Hope when she was a senior in college in 2012. She created the company to bring joy back to kids who have lost their hair and help fund childhood cancer research. Headbands of Hope has given tens of thousands of dollars to childhood cancer research and has donated headbands to every children's hospital in the United States.

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What You Put In Is What You Get Out – Create Your Own Success

The secret to curating a successful life starts with what you put in.

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You are what you eat, the saying goes. Your physical and even mental health are highly dependent on what you eat (or consume) daily. There are four fundamental factors of a system:  Input, boundaries, purpose and output. All systems are mostly defined by the combination of these four factors.

A professional athlete will be very diligent about what they consume in order to achieve the best possible outcome, and sprinters will have different guides and regimes to marathon runners. Essentially, high performing athletes curate their input, or design their own lives, to produce a favourable output.

The same is true of the high-performance entrepreneur — they too should be curating their input, not just in terms of what they consume through their mouths but more importantly, what they consume with their ears and eyes.

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Positive inputs

A few years ago, I began to recognise that even though I might wake up in a good space in the morning, by 10am I would be feeling negative regardless of my daily practices. I had already established the discipline of recording and recognising my successes daily, as well as repeating daily affirmations and visualisations, yet within a few hours of starting my day, I found myself in a negative space.

I couldn’t figure out what was causing this; but after some analysis I realised that my daily routine included listening to talk radio on the way to work, catching up with the news on Twitter before my first meeting, and reading the morning paper which was neatly laid out on my desk. It quickly became clear that my negativity could be attributed to my over-consumption of bad news.

Each communication platform — from Twitter to the radio — has the power to depress anyone who consumes its news, but the combination of all three was toxic to me. It affected my mood, concentration and, invariably, my output. In a single decision, I eliminated these three platforms from my daily ‘diet’ and instead curated a different morning experience to see whether it would change the output. Instead of the radio, I decided to listen to either music or an audiobook; instead of Twitter, I decided to call a friend; and I didn’t renew my newspaper subscription.

The results were instantaneous. This experiment set me on a mission to see what else I could deliberately curate and design, so I began to strategically design my life to inform the successful and positive output that I desired. I subscribed to online newsletters that were informative and thought-provoking, such as Brain Food by Shane Parish; I cajoled my management team to begin listening to audiobooks at the same time that I was doing so to ensure that we included positive discussions in our bi-monthly meetings; and I ensured that there were always three litres of water in my immediate surrounds to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

Create your own success

In case you haven’t experienced the lightbulb moment yet, the simple explanation is this: All systems have inputs and outputs, and the quality of the input results in the quality of the output.

If you see yourself as the curator of your input and as the architect of your environment, you can start to create the inputs, set the boundaries and define purposes to result in the output that commands entrepreneurial success.

Related: Daily Practices for Cultivating a Positive Work Culture to Support Your Business

If something really affects the quality of your life — whether it’s your attitude, your mood or the clarity of your thought processes — it’s time to relook the design and start to curate an environment that is conducive to your success.

And, if you’re concerned about missing out on what’s happening, always remember that, if a news report or update has a direct impact on your life, the chances are high that you will hear it through your friends and family.

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Follow These 8 Steps To Stay Focused And Reach Your Goals

Decrease the amount of noise in your head.

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Accomplishing a goal can be hard work. But even if a project is something you are passionate about and want to complete, distractions such as social media, doubts and other tasks can make it nearly impossible to concentrate on it. Don’t fret. We’re here to help.

Check out these eight steps to help you prioritise and clear your mind.

1. Stop multitasking

Instead of trying to do a million things at once, take a step back and tackle one task at a time. And while your inclination might be to start your day with busy work – like checking emails – and then move onto to the harder things, you should try to get your brain moving by challenging yourself with with a bigger, more creative endeavor first thing.

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2. Block out your days

A good way to hold yourself accountable when it comes to quieting the noise all around you is to specifically block out time in your day – maybe it’s 30 minutes or an hour – to spend on a given project.

Colour code your calendar or set a timer to make sure you are accomplishing the goal at hand.

3. Get your blood pumping

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You can’t focus if your are stuck inside and staring at a screen all day long. Turn off your computer and phone, and go for a walk for 20 minutes. The fresh air and the movement will clear your head. Also make sure that you are drinking enough water and getting enough rest.

4. Help your technology help you

A platform like RescueTime, a software that runs while you work and shows you how you are spending your day, could help you understand why something is taking longer to complete than it should. Options like Cold TurkeyFreedom and Self Control block out the internet entirely to keep you off your Twitter feed when you should be meeting deadlines.

5. Meditate

Get a recommendation for a yoga or meditation class, or even make it an office outing so everyone get some time to quiet their minds. Or look online for a plethora of apps and platforms whose stock and trade is mindfulness, like Meditation Made SimpleCalm and Headspace.

For slightly more of a monetary investment, you could look into wearable tech like Thync, a device that produces electrical pulses to help your brain decrease stress.

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6. Change up what’s in your headphones

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While background noise might help block out a loud office or construction outside your window, you need to be careful that what you are listening to isn’t distracting you more.

Music with lyrics can sap your focus from the task in front of you, so consider trying classical or electronic music instead. Or use a playlist that is familiar to you, so you aren’t tempted to turn all your attention to the new sound.

7. Streamline your communication

If you find that all of your focus gets trained on getting your inbox down to zero, think about how you can get yourself out from under a relentless deluge of email. Ask yourself and your colleagues to think about whether this conversation would be most effective through email, on the phone or in person.

Taking five minutes to walk over to someone else’s workspace will save you the time and energy invested into a redundant email chain and clarify how you want to attack a problem more quickly.

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8. Find an environment with the right kind of noise

To be the most effective, you need to strike a delicate balance between too much noise and total silence. According to David Burkus, an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University, “some level of office banter in the background might actually benefit our ability to do creative tasks, provided we don’t get drawn into the conversation,” Burkus wrote in the Harvard Business Review.

“Instead of total silence, the ideal work environment for creative work has a little bit of background noise. That’s why you might focus really well in a noisy coffee shop, but barely be able to concentrate in a noisy office.”

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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