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We all see those successful business owners and think, “How do they make it look so simple and or how do they have it all figured out?” I remind myself often, as I too know what it takes, that there is always more behind that successful individual. There is regret, pain, tears, and disappointment behind every successful person that you can’t see. Every person has a behind the scenes…

As you may know, I’ve had a lot going on these past few weeks and if (wait…better yet, when) you listen to my upcoming podcast I get real, raw and truthful. I open up about some of the struggles I’ve faced lately in my business as well as my personal life. Of course, all these different situations arise at the same time (you know, Murphy’s Law!). Being a business owner isn’t all glamorous, it’s tough work. Add personal struggles to the mix and you really have an uphill battle.

It’s easy to get distracted and pulled in negative directions when problems arise. Two things I always remind myself in the mess of being a boss; take control of your business (after all you’re the BOSS) and truly listen to your emotions. When business situations & personal struggles meet face to face you have to learn to handle both, and sometimes at the same time!

Take Ownership of your business – Take Control Back
When problems arise in business you have to take control, put on the business entrepreneur hat and be the boss. Easier said than done, but not really.

It’s easy to get comfortable with your team. You have to find strength and a place of confidence and knowing that although you can’t do everything on your own, what you need is you! You’re going to have people that come and go. You’re going to have incredible people on your team that you absolutely love and, at some point, they’re going to go. In the end, it’s you – your company, your business.

Remember that your business is where it is greatly because of YOU! When situations like letting go of an employee, an employee asking for more money and or an employee trying to sue you – take ownership. It’s far from easy but be the boss.

Analyze the situation, don’t act out of spite and or act quick. Have a thought out list, process, and plan in place. Remember when dealing with employees be careful because what takes years to build, one employee can quickly tear down. In the end, you have the final say, so, drummmmm roll, BE THE BOSS!

Listen to your emotions
Sometimes personal situations make their way into your business life. You can try your best to separate the two but feelings and emotions run deep. It is a lot to manage emotionally.

In my latest podcast you’ll hear about my personal struggles (& we all have them!). I remind myself often to keep going, show up even though you don’t want to show up when you’re sad when something happens in your personal life that you can’t control. Yes, you can be sad, you can cry, yes you need to acknowledge that feeling and that emotion, but then you need to keep working, and you need to keep moving forward.

Honestly, listen to your emotions and let them flow accordingly. This is where I sometimes think, as women, we really do truly have to have compassion for ourselves. And at some point, you have to realize and allow your feelings to show up. Find some support, know that you have love all around you. I think about that a lot. Who are these incredible women that I am so fortunate to have in my life that are walking on the journey with me, and what would they say to me right now? And they would give me love and encouragement and support, and that’s what you need during hard times.

You are strong, and you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way, YOU’RE  A BOSS! Don’t forget it…


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