In the last Blog Expert post in this mindset series we discussed change and why embracing change was a positive thing.
In today’s fast-paced world, while so much is going on around us…we need to stay calm.
And in this post we are going to discuss Calmness.
Keep calm and carry on!
Have you seen the recent flood of posters which are hitting the UK high street, which have been reproduced from the Second World War?
These posters, mugs and t-shirts all replicate the slogan which was first commissioned in 1939, stating ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. The slogan was initially commissioned in order to enhance morale as Britain was invaded, but never really took off at the time.
In 2000, the poster was rediscovered and somehow worked its way on to the shelf of every gift shop and department store in the UK, used as a theme for a number of products. Even though there are only two surviving original posters from the first publication, the slogan has captured the imagination of people everywhere, raising smiles and spawning millions of sales.
There’s a reason why the slogan has become so popular, decades after it was first developed.
Although we no longer operate in times of stress which people experienced during war time, modern living, and especially our working lives, are riddled with stress from all sides.
With pressure coming from tight deadlines, the expectation to juggle work and family life with expert accuracy and the need to constantly perform harder, smarter and better than those around us, we’re living in a more stressful time than ever before.
Both men and women are expected to succeed, and the world of online business operation is no different. We are constantly reminded that there is less money available for retirement, told that we have to continue working for longer, and battered from all sides with cautionary tales of people who have failed in business.
Having said all that, it’s still more than possible to live a happy and fruitful life, carving a niche in the world wide web to make a successful living.
The trick here, to achieve a satisfactory balance between work and life, is to keep calm.
And carry on.
Exercising our ability to manage stress and remain level-headed when the proverbial hits the fan can go a long, long way to supporting business success, keeping us at peace in the face of adversity, and achieving our goals.
If you’re currently struggling to apply the adage from WW2 to your own life, try out the following ways of thinking and get back to a calm, stress-free and productive way of being…
- Accept the situation. Whatever happens, you can only do what you can do to change it. After that, if things are beyond your control, accept it and move on
- Get a solution together. In most situations, you can develop an action plan to deal with things and move towards a successful resolution
- Become comfortable with the outcomes of your actions. Once you have made a decision, remember that there was never any other way you could have behaved. Don‘t spend time berating yourself and leveling recriminations
- Say no. This is one of the most powerful words in the world to use, in order to bring calmness back in to your life as a business owner
- Stop. Slow down, and give yourself time to deal with situations as they arise. You can’t do everything all at once, and you’re not expected to. By pausing you will gain perspective and recharge for the next challenge.
This is a great piece of advice…
There’s a great quote to bear in mind, by Natalie Goldberg which states: “Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.”
When you’ve regained your perspective and remembered to draw breath, you will be in an ideal position to…carry on.
That’s the end of this blog expert series. I hope you have enjoyed all the posts and thanks for reading / commenting on them.
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