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    5 Tips for Overcoming Your Entrepreneurial Anxiety

    5 Tips for Overcoming Your Entrepreneurial Anxiety

    Written by Team ICON's Lauren Tickner


     

    Be an entrepreneur, they said. It will be fun, they said. A month in: cue entrepreneurial anxiety.

    What is Entrepreneurial Anxiety?

     

    It’s different from your average joe’s anxiety. It’s that pending feeling of doom you get from not fixing every last thing right this second. It’s when you have five sales calls, 967 todo’s, and 48 new business ideas TODAY, and you’re not sure you’ll have enough revenue to pay your team this month.

     

    It’s when the regret of becoming an entrepreneur instead of an employee sneaks in for a few seconds, before you remember how much you love being a business owner.  

     

    Entrepreneurial anxiety happens because this choice is a roller coaster of highs and lows — but it is one of the most rewarding, freeing things you will do in life.

     

    You were called to create, lead and be a trailblazer for your community, not to sit in the dark hiding from your thoughts. That’s why I have tools and exercises to help you curb those daily anxieties.

    Exercise 1: Find The Source

     

    Anxiety for entrepreneurs can come from many places. Money worries. A lack of confidence or frustration with themselves. Under-planning or trying to do too much in too little time. No matter what the reason is, all anxiety is a mindset that can be overcome.

     

    This first exercise will help you narrow down where your anxiety is coming from.

     

    Write these questions down and answer them honestly:

     

    1. When do anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed show up?
    2. When it does show up, what story do you tell yourself?
    3. Is this story beneficial?
    4. When was the first time you remember feeling this way?

     

    By answering these four questions you should be able to identify what life event first triggered your anxious feelings, and what thoughts or events trigger you today.

     

    Now let’s explore deeper with a few more questions:

    1. When these triggers pop up, how do you feel? Be specific.
    2. How does feeling this way help you, today and in the past?
    3. What powerful affirmation can you tell yourself when this trigger happens?

     

    Write your affirmation down and put it somewhere you will see often: your bathroom mirror, your car, or on your calendar as a daily reminder.

     

    Need an example? One that has helped our most successful clients is, “In purposeful stillness comes powerful action.” It means that when we intentionally slow down, we can accomplish more with clearer thoughts and more aligned actions. Sometimes, time to breathe and relax is all that you need.

    Our clients at Impact School have been using this journaling exercise for quite some time and it is, hands down, the most powerful tool in your toolbox. How come? Simple — you cannot overcome anxiety if you do not know the root cause.

    Exercise 2: Brain Dump

     

    We’re going to do a brain dump, which is like renting a giant dump truck for your mind. Have you done one before? It’s amazingly liberating and it’s something I, my team and our clients do regularly.

     

    Here’s how a brain dump works:

     

    1. First, write everything on your mind down on paper without thinking about it. Be as messy or organized as you like.
    2. Next, go back through and circle the most urgent tasks. There’s a challenge though: you can only select 3 of these. (Don’t worry, you’ll get to the others later).
    3. Now go back through the circled items and number them in order of importance.

     

    These 3 tasks will be the first — and only — ones you ensure you’ll get done today. Bashing out the most urgent and often most difficult tasks will put your mind at ease and make it a whole heck of a lot easier to accomplish the rest.

     

    Later, go back through your brain dump and sort out the uncircled tasks. Highlight anything that needs to be done that week. Each day pick the top 3 to get through first.

     

    Exercise 3: Positivity Attracts Positivity

     

    If you focus on things that bring you joy, more things will come into your life that add even more positivity.

     

    Our subconscious minds are hardwired to think about what we focus on the most. If you’re always thinking about what could go wrong, you will “attract” more worrisome things into your life because you have primed your mind to be aware of the negative.

     

    Make it your mission to see the good in every day, and as time goes on you will see more and more. Eventually your mind will be blind to negativity. Does that mean you’re eliminating negative sh*t in your life? No no, my friend — it means you’ve trained your brain to focus on all the good you have to live for, and to set aside the bad that does not directly impact your day-to-day life.

     

    So how do you rewire your brain to focus more on the good and less on the bad? Choose to think about the positives and “tap” away the negative. Let me explain how this works:

     

    Journal a list of 10 things you are grateful for every day. This primes your mind to start purposefully reflecting on things to be thankful for. When something negative appears in your mind, visualize that negative thought as a bubble and visualize yourself tapping that bubble away. This is the “tap” method.

     

    This method is taught by those who have mastered control over their minds, and it works. Visualizing yourself removing negative thoughts from your space is a powerful concept. Try it.

    Let go of perfectionism — nobody on God’s green Earth is perfect. Remind yourself daily that you are doing enough, you are more than enough, and you have enough. Success in all areas of life is about consistency, not perfectionism. For example, if you journal for 50 days and miss 5 days, is that a huge mistake? No. You were consistent for 45 days and that’s a win.  

     

    Do you see yourself trying the above? Let me know over on socials @LaurenTickner.

     

    Exercise 4: Fight The Bully

     

    Most of us have a nasty habit of often tearing ourselves down. We are our own worst enemies, our own bullies.

     

    Time and time again I’ve heard people say they can’t promote their business on social media or otherwise because, and I quote:

     

     

    “I am not pretty enough.”

    “I am not worthy enough.”

    “I am not smart enough.”

    “I am not successful enough.”

    “I am not making enough money.”

     

    My friend, you are more than enough and that mindset is not serving you. We’re going to flip this around by journaling the positive to overcome the negative. If you are consistent, your mindset will change — can you make that promise to yourself?

     

    Loving yourself unconditionally when society tells you you’re never enough (especially as an entrepreneur) can be hard. Slipping into a mindset focused on everything you need to fix is no way to live your life, and this powerful tool will help you break that habit.

     

    For three weeks, journal all the things you love about you every day. Then take a step back and evaluate how this little shift in your daily routine has impacted your self-confidence as an entrepreneur.

     

    Here are a few affirmations you can practice journaling:

     

    • I value who I am.
    • I love how unique I am.
    • I have something worthy to offer.
    • I love my strong personality.
    • I do enough. I have enough. I am enough.

    Exercise 5: Learn To Love Thy Money

     

    It’s no surprise money is a major cause of anxiety, especially in a society that values having shiny new things and a pocketbook full of gold.

     

    This creates a nasty cycle, does it not? How many times have you made yourself feel “less than” because your bank account is not overflowing with cash? How many times have you attached your self-worth to your income?

     

    Or worse yet, how many times have you said, “it’s not about the money” while building your business, when deep down you know damn well that if you don’t get a revenue source flowing soon you will not have a business?

     

    It’s time to start reframing your mindset around money.

     

    Let’s start by breaking down your negative beliefs around moolah and rewriting them in a positive, attractive light.

     

    Did you feel triggered by what I said above? If so, this exercise is perfect for you. Don’t click away because you feel uncomfortable — growth only sprouts when you choose to work through the sh*t you have buried deep down.

     

    Why do you feel this way? When was the first time you remember feeling triggered around money? When do these thoughts and beliefs pop up around money for you today, and how do you hide it? 

     

    *cough* So many of you hide your negative beliefs around money by telling yourselves it’s not about money at all. Hun, it is about the moolah and you know it. You cannot have a thriving business helping people if you do not have funds. Just saying.

     

    Have these financial beliefs helped you over the years, or held you down? Are you being honest with yourself?

     

    Replace your negative thoughts about money with better, positive, powerful beliefs. Here are some of my favorites:

     

    • Money is the root of all greatness.
    • Money is abundant.
    • Money is all around me.
    • Money loves me because I know how to treat it well.
    • I am great at managing my finances.

     

    You Made It!

     

    PHEW. We did a lot of deep work there, and you’re either feeling ready to conquer the world or a little raw and emotional. Either way, go celebrate with a glass of champagne and a hot bath. Shut your mind off for a bit. You deserve it.

     

    I hope these exercises help you as much as they have helped me and our clients. Remember, your mind is a powerful tool that is either lifting you up or tearing you down. Are you ready to reframe your thoughts and step up to be the powerful entrepreneur you were meant to be? Are you ready to reduce your anxiety by choosing to see the good? I hope you are, and I hope to see you taking action soon.

     

    Let us know which of these exercises you’re going to try on our socials.

     

    Lauren Tickner

    Founder and CEO of Impact School

    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    A Clean Slate⁣

    Today, at the very beginning of a brand new decade, is the perfect day to give yourself a clean slate…by cleaning out your kitchen. Take a look through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cupboards. Chances are high that you’ll find unhealthy packaged foods that are not in line with your healthy eating goals. Get rid of it all! ⁣
    Give yourself an advantage by starting 2021 with a wholesome kitchen that’s free from temptations and pitfalls. ⁣

    Did you accomplish your goals this past year? (YES or NO)

 If “NO” then answer these 5 Questions for insight into your failure.

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    1. Were your goals clearly written down and reviewed regularly?⁣⁣

    If you’re ambiguous about what you are setting off to achieve then it will never culminate in anything concrete. By writing down your goals in specific, clear terms and reviewing them regularly, you’ll be on track to achieve huge things in 2021.⁣

    2. Did you use the SMART System for defining your goals?⁣⁣

    SMART Is an acronym for setting achievable goals. It stands for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND. Don’t skip over this step – setting SMART goals is the difference between achieving your dreams and having yet another year slide by without any measurable results to show for it. Use the SMART filter for setting goals — and REFLECT on and REVIEW your RESULTS with regularity.⁣

    3. Did your goals align with your values?⁣

    If your goal was to lose weight and to finally achieve a lean, fit, healthy body then why did you continue to glorify greasy, unhealthy food? Why did you look at exercise as a punishment to be avoided? Your value system must line up with your goals. In fitness this means having a positive attitude about exercise and healthy eating. ⁣

    4. Did you create accountability around your goals?
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    Who did you tell about your goal to finally lose the weight and get fit? If you kept it to yourself then you missed out on a huge opportunity for accountability and support. This support is what you lean on through the tough times when jumping off the wagon seems like the only option. ⁣

    
Take a moment to reflect on the answers to these questions above BEFORE answering the next question.

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    5. What was the root cause of your failure?
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    I don’t know what your specific root cause of failure was, only you do, but I can tell you confidently that if you join my program in 2021 you will blow past your failure to achieve the success that has always alluded you. 

You get one shot — one life — so what are you waiting for?⁣

    It’s time to expand, grow, seek, achieve.

 Feel the fire — fall down, get up, shake it off and get back in the game.

 2021 has the potential of being the best year yet... but it starts right now.

    Let's Keep training like Warriors and keep dominating your path. For more lifestyle and training philosophy, or nutrition tips, check out www.mikeohearn.com

    @mikeohearn on Instagram

    - The Titan Mike O’Hearn, 4x Mr. Universe

    Team ICON, Jesse James: Staying Motivated From the Gym to the Garage

    Team ICON, Jesse James: Staying Motivated From the Gym to the Garage
    Talk about one of the most insane years to date! 2020 has been one of the craziest years right? From fires in Cali, the heat in Texas, to 2 hurricanes in the Gulf at the same time. That’s not even mentioning the whole COVID 19 pandemic. This has caused us all to go from the gym to working out in our garage or homes. Until recently all gyms were closed but the last month or so some parts of the US have opened the gyms up slowly but with restrictions. My name is Jesse James and I am going to offer some options that I personally used to help me stay motivated during these insane times. 

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    How ICON Meals Saved Our Marriage: Team ICON Brittany and Travis Just

    How ICON Meals Saved Our Marriage: Team ICON Brittany and Travis Just

    Okay, so this may sound a little dramatic. My marriage wasn’t necessarily on the rocks, however, many arguments have ensued over what’s for dinner. My husband, Travis and I run a busy life. Who doesn’t right? He is a fast mover. Always on the go and ALWAYS HUNGRY. He loves to eat out. When we first met over the 13 years ago, we would hop on the Harley and find a great restaurant on our ride for some good food and drinks. We weren’t concerned about eating very clean then. Ahhh, those were the honeymoon days. A few years into our marriage, however, I started training for my first fitness show and was introduced to meal prepping. Suddenly we weren’t eating out as much, because there was no point for me. I had a strict diet plan I was following, plus I was SO new to meal prepping, I would only make enough for me. Many times in fact, I didn’t even make enough for me and found myself in the kitchen many hours a day trying to keep up the cooking. Here’s where things started to get complicated. Travis lost his dining out partner and there was no food in the fridge for him. He is not a cooker. He can be a great cook, but he just doesn’t make time for it. We had to find a solution.

    Our first thought was to just make more. Make more chicken, more fish, more ground turkey, more sweet potatoes, more rice, more asparagus and broccoli. So I did. I would cook all day and put them in large containers. One for the chicken, one for the fish, ect. ect. The fridge would get full of good, healthy, clean food. The problem now? The fridge stayed full. For one- Travis still likes to dine out. With or without me, he’d at least be going into Chipotle almost everyday. Two- he would open the fridge and stare at the containers, but it seemed to be too much work to pull out each individual container to make a full meal with a protein, starch, and veggies. Needless to say, much of the food would get wasted and have to be thrown out.

    If you’re a parent, I’m sure you can relate. No doubt we’ve all found frustration at some point in making food for our kids. We make something we thought they liked, and they all of a sudden can’t even stand to look at it. Or you make a large batch of something for the whole family, and the leftovers sit in fridge and get pushed to the back until you decide to clean things out and have to throw it away. After a while, you just get fed up with wasting your time, energy, and money on food that just goes to waste. That’s where I was at with my husband. For several years, we battled back and forth.

     

    Last year, in the beginning of 2019, Travis and I both got on a strict meal and workout plan to prepare for a couples fitness photoshoot. This was the first time he had to portion out his food and eat according to a written plan. I agreed to meal prepping for both of us again, but I didn’t realize how much work I signed up for. It was extremely time consuming. Between grocery shopping almost everyday, cooking, baking, portioning everything out into individual meal containers, actually eating the meal, and doing dishes… I was burning out quick. After our photoshoot, Travis wanted to continue to be consistent with his exercise and diet, but again, we needed a better solution to free up more of our time.

    During my time at WBFF Worlds in Las Vegas in 2018, I would watch my coach, Caroline De Campos, receive boxes of Icon Meals straight to the Bellagio. I thought, how convenient to be able to have meals shipped anywhere you are, that are clean enough to eat right up to show day. I checked out the website and realized you could customize your meal to the exact portion size of your choice of protein, starch, and veggies. They also had featured weekly meals with more variety, but we were mainly excited to try the custom meals. Once we ordered, they were at our doorstep within two days. They were also vacuum-sealed to a tray to keep them fresh with no preservatives. Finally- we tasted them. We couldn’t believe how fresh and clean it all tasted. We were sold.

    Since making Icon Meals our solution, the only argument we have is over who will run to the store to replace the bottle of Primal Kitchen Unsweetened BBQ sauce. We have now been relying on Icon Meals for over 14 months. We get 48 meals every two weeks to share as a family. The kids love the kobe beef burgers and the bison. We have been full-time traveling the country in our motorhome for 10 months now and to have something so healthy, that’s also quick and easy, and doesn’t take up a lot of space is invaluable to us. We do still enjoy dining out here and there, but we are so grateful to be able to come home and know we have icon meals in the fridge to keep on the 90/10 lifestyle diet. 90% of the time we eat clean with our Icon meals, and 10% of the time, we eat what we crave. Travis and I are the healthiest we’ve ever been and now we have more quality time than ever for the important things like making memories as a family. It’s been a marriagesaver!

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