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How To Become A Resilient Small Business Owner

This week, I was reminded how stressful owning and operating a business can be. A friend had a stress attack that seriously stopped him in his tracks. His doctor said that it could have led to a heart attack from the stress it put on his body's systems. Now, I’m not saying that it was caused by something in his business, but I know he works hard in the business, always looking ahead and thinking about his team, the business key indicators, and on how to improve the business. What I am saying is that for all of us, business is stressful. As business owners we owe it, not only to ourselves, but to our families and loved ones, and to those who depend on us, to stay healthy and resilient. At the end of the day, resilience is about mental flexibility and the ability to adapt to change and uncertainty. How do you do that? Incorporated into our mental flexibility is the mental capacity to understand what you can control, and what you can’t. First, understand what you can control, and what you can’t. Solve issues that you can control. The best way to do this is to act strategically rather than one issue at a time....
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