When Are You Building Your Business on Adrenaline and When Are You Building on Healthy Business Practices?
When a person functions too much on adrenaline, they run the risk of getting adrenal fatigue, which according to James Wilson, PhD, is the 21st Century Stress Syndrome. If you are an entrepreneur, watch out, you could be even more susceptible because entrepreneurs are famous for pushing the pedal to the metal and cranking it day in and day out. They are used to working harder, longer, and more intensely than those in the corporate world because there is no 9 to 5 for them. They are on call at all times, and their whole survival is dependent on what they can produce and accomplish.
If you don't want to end up with the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, and you are an entrepreneur, it becomes important that you learn how to stop burning yourself out. When you work too long, too hard, in order to keep on moving, you will be working off adrenaline.
What does adrenaline rush look like in the business world?
Working on adrenaline too much and heading toward a physical crash looks like a person who approaches work with intensity, passion, and who rides the highs and lows of business regularly and frequently. They always work long hours, continually trying to pedal faster to keep up, and they often are heavily focused on making more, and all the rest that continually needs to be done.
This passionate, hard working approach to business doesn't sound too bad on the outside, And really it isn't ... unless you pursue business too much with this approach, and your health starts to be affected. What is the alternative?
What does supportive health business building look like?
An alternative to burning out on high octane is to pursue supportive business building. Supportive business building looks like working and doing things not only because you have to, but because it feels right and brings a happy, calm, peaceful feeling along with it. This approach to business is much calmer despite the fact that many others in business might believe being in a panic is the only way to make things happen. If you cultivate a steady and confident manner, and be careful not to get caught up in the whirlwind of frantic energy, you'll be much better off. This approach is also very thoughtful, done at a good comfortable pace, and is motivating without the extremes that come from the constant high octane, adrenaline approach.
When you are building your business from a healthy supportive side, you are looking toward the long term, and you take your time to make sure you have a solid connection with yourself. You then take that rich relationship and use it as a building block to construct relationships with those around you.
How to make the change?
If building your business in a nice healthy environment sounds foreign, you are not alone. It takes time and effort to make the switch. At the beginning it might affect the results you are getting in business. Having good health and being able to stay in the game ought to make you consider the change.
If you want to make the change and don't know where to start, a good starting ground is to implement some reflection time into your day-meditating, journaling, or taking a walk are all good things to do that could help you check in with yourself and see if you are feeling supported and calm or if what you are feeling is more adrenaline related.
It is up to you to decide how you want to approach your business: from a place that will lead to exhaustion in the long run, or from a place leading to long term consistence, allowing time and energy to stay connected to the people and things you love. Don't let deep-diving immersion in business betray you of health and happiness.
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