Being that this is a very male-dominated industry, sometimes more vulnerable topics don’t often get spoken about.
Let me preface this by saying that I don’t have a degree in psychology, and I am definitely not a psychiatrist.
But stress and anxiety often go hand-in-hand with owning a small business, especially with the past year and a half that we've gone through.
So I wanted to share my mantra for when I am feeling anxious.
And that is: Action Alleviates Anxiety
I have been through quite a lot in my 10 years of being an entrepreneur.
And 2015 was almost the year that broke me.
First, I was audited by the IRS.
It was almost an entire year of having my accountant on speed dial, my employees being interviewed, and every financial document in my business under a
I took action and made sure that my accountant and auditor had everything they needed at the exact time they needed it.
You’ll never believe what the final resolution was…
We owed $10.50.
Later that year, The DCF (Department of Children and Families) showed up at our doors, unannounced, and stated they received an “anonymous complaint” that we
were operating illegally as a day care.
This “anonymous complaint” came a few days after another after school program down the road got shut down.
Our after school program had 75 kids at the time, and our program was exempt from day care licensure as we were operating as an Open Access Facility.
There was so much worry that we were going to lose a ton of students, a ton of revenue, and the inability to offer our services to families that truly needed it.
So what did I do?
I took action.
I was on the phone with the DCF daily.
I made sure that all of their requests were immediately handled.
And as much as I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, I instead killed them with
Why? Because they were just doing their jobs, and you get a lot further with honey.
Ultimately, the DCF allowed us to continue to serve our community.
Finally…we were sued due to a negligent condition on the property.
This ultimately fell back on the landlords, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you this was one of the scariest times of my life.
All of this happened in a 12-month time period.
It was the trifecta…
…and it almost broke me.
At the time, I didn’t understand why all of these “bad things” were happening to me.
As I look back now, I realize that all of these things happened FOR me.
They made me a better business owner.
They made me mentally stronger.
They taught me that we can get through anything.
As long as I was willing to take action.
As long as I didn’t quit.
20% of businesses fail within 1 year.
50% fail in 5 years
70% of businesses will fail within 10 years.
(US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
I refuse to be one of those statistics.
Business requires more of you.
It’s not just a numbers game.
It’s a spiritual game.
It’s a mental game.
And your BEST results are going to come from an obsession with getting yourself to take action.
Anytime I'm feeling anxiety over any part of my business or life, I TAKE ACTION.
ACTION ALLEVIATES ANXIETY.
If you’re reading this, you made it through 2020 and more than half of 2021.
You did that by taking action.
With the new variants and everything that’s happening with our foreign policy, your anxiety might be flaring.
I know mine is.
So what do I do?
I focus on the parts of my life that I can control and I take massive action.
It’s a brand new month.
You have a fresh start.
What are you going to take action on?
I hope you pull the trigger and come to our October MAIA Elite Event.
It’s specifically for Action Takers ;)
We have our Early Bird Special going on right now — only $299 for a ticket.
And check out everything that you get:
• 2 Full Days of Action-Packed Marketing, Business, Sales, and Leadership Training
• 3 Tracks: Business, Instructor Training, and Program Director Training (so bring your Team!)
• Access to the absolute BEST and NEWEST strategies to Recruit more students, Retain the ones you have, and skyrocket your Revenue
• Access to our Meet & Greet with our speakers and industry leaders
• Access to the MAIA Elite dinner party where you can have fun and share your biggest takeaways with other school owners
• The MAIA Elite Tampa School Owners Kit
• Access to our MAIA Elite Tampa Accountability Group
• The opportunity to network with MAIA’s Top Coaches and 7-Figure School Owners
• Access to our Raffles and Giveaways from our Sponsors
You can grab your tickets by going to www.MAIAEliteTampa.com
Hope to see you there, Action Taker!
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