2 Strategies to Avoid the Entrepreneur Emotional Roller Coaster

What do you think is the hardest  daily
experience that entrepreneurs deal with?
In my 20+ years of being self-employed and owning my own businesses, I know what it is for me.  When I speak to clients, the same thing inevitablyarises in our conversations even when it’s not the presenting topic.
Any guesses?
This song might clue you in…
At the very least, (if you are old enough) it will bring back memories!
Listen in while you read.
If you don’t have a practice and system in place to absorb and detach from the ups and downs of good days/bad days – lots of sales/few sales – many clients/many cancellations, you find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. The ups and downs can not only effect your attitude, but they can effect the energy that you put out into the world and thus the results that you get back.
I doubt I must go into detail about how this  emotional roller coaster feels. You know the jubilation
when you bring on board a new customer or account. You have sat quietly with th3
disappointment of “sure thing” that went sour. We all have.
One of the keys to entrepreneurship success is not eliminating the ups and downs – it’s developing a way to ride those waves smoothly. Your daily action plan and your daily mindset plan must be such that you remain consistent and believing in yourself and your mission, regardless of what occurs on the outcome end.
There are many ways to do this, and of  course I have two favorites.
1. Meditation
2. Mentorship
Meditation teaches you that you are not your mind. You are not your experiences. It teaches you how to fully engage in each moment while at the same time remaining unattached so that you can in fact stay the course and absorb the bumps.
Mentorship or a “coach on retainer” gives you a person to reach out to, especially when you are feeling low or immenselychallenged. We tend to be Lone Rangers, those of us who step outside the box and take an unorthodox path. Yet especially for us, having a sounding board,
and someone who can present all sides of our story back to us – is crucial for
emotion health as entrepreneurs. 


Deborah Tutnauer

Entrepreneur Business Success Coach at Deborah Tutnauer, LLC
Inspiring change in people for over 25 years, Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSWdigs deep to help authentic entrepreneurs move away from the stories that no longer serve them while clarifying and solidifying those that really do! Deborah helps frustrated entrepreneurs get exquisitely clear about meaning, purpose and expertise, then facilitates the creation of a financially sustainable and joyfully structured framework in which business and business people thrive.

Coaching both privately and in groups, Deborah is also a speaker, author, event leader and consultant. Creator of the Foundation and Framework Intensive, Question Master and Leader of the Entrepreneur Business Success Club, Deborah has been called an “Architect of Magical Business and Soul Structure”by her clients because she has a powerful ability to perform alchemy, changing passions and dreams into money and time by design.

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  1. Randy says

    That was an interesting touch to the blog adding in that song and such. It was a trip down memory lane that is for sure I loved that song back then and it still has a good beat. I loved how you tied it together with your post, keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

  2. Florene says

    Well, it’s been said that it is lonely at the top, especially when you have a big decision to make. But as a leader, making a decision by yourself only makes it harder. The pressure soon can soon turn into fear, and you’ll be beset by emotion, unable to make an unclouded decision based on facts. I do agree with the article. It can be a pitfall.

  3. Patricia says

    It’s encouraging that the author advises not to avoid the challenges of doing business, but to learn how to manage and overcome these rough waters. As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. And whether you’re busy trying to establish your business or developing a growth strategy for your existing operation, it can be valuable to get an expert opinion from a mentor.

  4. Charles says

    When a company gets a bad customer review on Yelp, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network, emotions can run high, because real damage to its reputation and sales can result. The business owner usually has a knee-jerk reaction and responds in kind by attacking the offending customer with an emotionally charged online response. I realize this has little to do with investing, but it is one way business owners can make emotional mistakes.

  5. Ronald says

    When you ask successful leaders, to whom or what they attribute their strong leadership skills, their answers are rather consistent. More often than not, they attribute their leadership skill-building to one or more influential individuals – strong mentors – who helped show them how to lead. The value of a mentor can be doubly undervalued by many people – especially younger professionals and junior executives. So I agree with that as the most important thing you can do.

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