The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business

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So, you’ve…

Filed your “Doing Business As”,

Created a airtight client contract,

And wrote a business plan, right? (One Page Plans are better than No Page Plans 😉 )

You’re feeling on top of the world!!!

These business necessities aren’t just a “break glass in case of emergency” thing that you only think about when there’s a problem.

You thought strategically about how to run your business when you started it. You spent hours studying what makes a business run smoothly. You mapped out how to avoid problems. And devised plans for what to do when a problem rears its ugly head.

But have you thought about making a mental wellness plan?

Let me ask you two questions…

1. Do you know what makes for good mental health? mentalwellnessdef

Good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, meaningful relationships, daily routines, helping others….

2. Are you actively planning how to DO the things listed above?

No one would recommend running a business haphazardly…

Getting in good accounting “whenever you can” & marketing “when the weather is good” & following up “when I feel like it.”

And you shouldn’t run your mental health that way either.

Creating a mental health plan to go alongside your business will help you feel less irritable day-to-day, more in control, & less vulnerable to emotional distractions.

That’s why I wrote The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business.

Even if you’re doing work you love & are passionate about, you can find yourself spiraling out of control.

From being a “Yes Woman” to struggling to find a way to meet your needs, you should plan for your mental well-being.

Because while climbing the proverbial ladder to success, you can become absolutely miserable, full of anxiety, & constantly fighting the work/life balance blues.

It’s time to start taking your mental wellness practice just as serious as any other habit or routine you’ve developed to achieve financial success.

Through The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business, you’ll learn 3 basic steps that’ll help guide you on your way.

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Until Next Time…Peace!

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An Open Discussion About Your Failure Story

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It’s not typical to openly talk about how roadblocks are a natural part of the entrepreneurial journey. This is especially true when you’re trying to sell the idea of entrepreneurship giving you access to tons of fun in the sun, 4 hour work weeks, and 6 or more figures in as little time possible. Yet, we do each other a disservice by not sharing the reality of what most of us have to do…which is work our butts off. This usually means gaining an inch just to be pushed back a few feet before we have our “overnight success”.

I’ve been studying movements this month. As a result, I currently view movement creation as a form of entrepreneurship. Movements are a lot of work, they take time to catch fire, and they meet opposition from people who haven’t a clue about the fire starter or what said fire starter went through to even get to a place where her name is on their lips. I also know that to create a movement and keep its legacy alive, you will need fierce dedication, you will need to keep yourself from losing your mind, and you will need support from other people who empathize with you, who get what you’re fighting for, and of course who will fight the good fight alongside you in some capacity (even if that means as a mentor or an adviser).  After all, we all need somebody to lean on.

And so, I love this movement happening within the entrepreneurial communities. It’s full of compassionate advocacy. Here, in certain circles, the word vulnerable is not a catch phrase, and authentic isn’t a gimmick.

Here, we Toast to Truths about being Homeless while Running our Businesses.

Here, we talk about how other women who are supposed to guide us and look out for our best interest tell their fellow sisters that they won’t amount to anything and yet, still we rise.

Here, we talk about the fact that entrepreneurs are committing suicide because we are not adequately addressing the mental health care needs of those who organize and manage enterprises in our society.

Here, we talk about how there were some, who despite tremendous obstacles, namely systemic oppression simply because of the color of their skin, fought for their own financial independence and opened the door for women like me and you.

Here, we fall down and get back up and fall down and we get back up again.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around my small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”-Muhammad Ali

Until Next Time…Peace!

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Autumn Tompkins

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Autumn Tompkins

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://youtu.be/vT-mw5d9-eA

How You Can Help

1) Check out Autumn’s article on Elephant Journal about The Elephant in The Room of Discrimination and share it with your network to get the word out about these issues.

About Autumn

Head Sass-Master and Word Artist Rollin’ Out Words of Art to Make Your Indelible Mark.

Learn More over at Autumn’s Website InkWellCopy

 

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Tim McDonald

Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Tim McDonald

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIktE8H8JoI

 

How You Can Help

1) Signup to be a part of the #365DaysOfGiving movement

2) Join the effort to leave No Kid Hungry

 

About Tim

Tim McDonald builds communities, not networks, through individual relationships that create movements.

As the Purveyor of Purpose at Be The Change Revolutions, Tim leads the overall vision, strategy and execution of key client accounts.

Co-Founder of CreatingIs, Tim and his partner, Ayelet Baron are re-imagining leadership beyond money, fame and big titles. Bringing together unsung heroes who are changing the world and amplifying their voices to create action.

Previously he was the Director of Community for The Huffington Post, where he set strategy and oversaw a team of moderators, support and standards for the leading online news site with over 300 million comments and 70,000 bloggers. Prior to this position, Tim built and managed a community for Huffington Post’s live streaming network, HuffPost Live. Continuing his passion for community management, Tim founded My Community Manager, a resource for community managers and a community of community managers.

He is the founder of Lake County Social Networking and the former Director of Communications and Community Manager for Social Media Club Chicago. Tim’s dedication to his clients’ satisfaction is matched by his exceptional coordination and negotiation skills, which are evident throughout each of his transactions. Tim is a client advocate and his first priority is to meet his client’s goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.Community Manager is just a title for being a connector that builds relationships. It connects people, ideas and brands.

Connect with Tim on:
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Black History Now-Meet Leslie Burrs

In celebration of Black History Month, I’ve been sharing interviews on local Black Entrepreneurs-Making History today!

This is my 5th and final year that I’ll be presenting this series as an exclusive interview series. So, I hope you enjoy 🙂

My guests are willing to share some tips and advice for aspiring business owners and community leaders who are willing to step up and make things happen for themselves and those around them. I would like to introduce to you all my final guest of this series…

Meet Leslie Burrs- Award-winning performer & Composer

leslie-burrs-headshot In this interview Leslie shares with us:

1) What prompted him to get started in his work as both an artist and director of a boutique opera house.

2) How he evolved from composer and flutist to creating art with healing properties for those dealing with Mental Illness.

3) And how he currently defines and measures success as an ever evolving entrepreneur.

 

Check Out Our Interview Here: http://youtu.be/GyaTu-PNPys

You can find out more at:

Leslie’s Website: www.leslieburrs.com

Opera North’s website: www.operanorthinc.org

DBHIDS’s website: www.dbhids.org/

This is the the film Leslie produced for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services titled Autumn Journey.

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