Mentally Breaking Down Your Hustle – By Priest Willis, Sr.

by Jenae Reid on September 12, 2016

feedfront-35-cover-188x240I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV. I’m an entrepreneur like many of you, and I’d like to share my prescription for being at peace in business.

Several years ago, the word “hustle” hit the business scene, and many grabbed onto the idea that if you’re not working, then you’re not hustling. Hustle means to force or move hurriedly in a specified direction.

Are you forcing anything? After some people have almost completely broken themselves with the notion that they have to hustle, they then want to find a “work-life balance.” What this ultimately did for many was create and reveal real mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

In an article in the September 2013 issue of Inc., writer Jessica Bruder described building a business as “psychologically barbarous,” yet this turmoil was “the cost so many entrepreneurs secretly spend.”

Mentioning various studies and real-world cases, Bruder revealed that the strong emotional states an entrepreneur faces when launching and working in his or her business have been linked to the negative emotional states that lead to debilitating mental health issues.

Entrepreneurs are fully invested in their businesses, with a short amount of time available for other things. Eating becomes an afterthought and sleep is optional, rather than a priority. This pressure can cause the body to release high levels of cortisol. This hormone causes the body to store fat and cannibalize muscle and along with low levels of serotonin, may cause anxiety.

When this happens, people can react in strange ways, but entrepreneurs often react by hurling themselves more into their business pursuits. They allow even less quality time for family and friends, eventually distancing themselves from the support network that can help them most. I recently read a fitting quote for entrepreneurs: “In an ironic way, workaholism is the easy way out. It takes more work to make time for other things.”

My personal goal is to protect my #1 strength – my physical and mental health. You’re no good to your business if you don’t have a wellbeing of spirit and soul.

Decide which responsibilities are giving you low returns and consider outsourcing them if you’re not already doing so. If you are so hectic that there is no “me” time, then there is also no time to innovate or expand your business.

When done right, diverting some revenue toward freeing up personal time may ultimately lead to more revenue and greater profitability. If you cannot effectively operate or develop your business in sixty hours a week, you need to make changes.

Whether you work out, garden, or do nothing, make the best of that dedicated time for yourself. Use it as a way to release and not just another pressure system in your life. Take time to recover your spirit and your lifestyle beyond your business.

Priest Willis, Sr. is an Entrepreneur and Global Affiliate Marketing Manager with Lenovo. 

This article appeared in issue 35 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in July 2016.

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