Stop Holding Back And Start Thriving


Attention Business Owners: How to stop holding back and start thriving. In today’s world, technology is an integral part of our daily lives and businesses. It has been designed to improve performance, speed up tasks, and simplify workflows. Despite this, many business owners experience high-stress levels. Running a business can be overwhelming with daily challenges, pressure to meet supply demands when things are good, and a sense of urgency to improve during slow times. Then, there’s the expectations of others and social media demands to contend with. This constant pressure can put business owners in a “fight or flight” mode, causing adrenaline to flow constantly, ultimately leading to detrimental health effects. Have you ever found yourself holding back when you should be pushing forward? Or procrastinating when you need to be productive?

Don’t let setbacks bring your progress to a halt. Take preventive measures to keep your business moving forward. Experiencing the dilemma at hand is something I can personally relate to, having encountered it throughout the years. Fortunately, I have developed a set of effective strategies that have helped me, and also my clients. Allow me to share them with you because not only will these strategies help you avoid potential issues and mitigate risks, but they will also help you stay ahead of the curve and keep your business on track to success.

The Importance Of Physical And Mental Health

At the helm of every prosperous business is a skilled owner. Regardless of your level of involvement within your business, your leadership is essential for achieving success. Therefore, the state of your physical and mental health is paramount to your business achievements. You must invest in yourself to keep your organisation thriving. Prioritise your personal wellbeing and business success by reducing stress levels. Over my two decades in business, I’ve studied and drawn inspiration from numerous successful entrepreneurs. However, one critical factor that stands out is the practice of self-care. Strikingly, what we consume can impact our business’s bottom line. Plus, regular exercise can reduce stress levels and supercharge productivity. It’s remarkable how working less can help us achieve more! 

As someone who is always on the go, I understand how challenging it can be to disconnect. In my experience, meditation didn’t work for me, but taking a daily walk without distractions helps me unwind. Moreover, regular exercise is a must to help me manage my business effectively. Find an activity that works for you, like yoga, reading, or simply taking a break. You deserve some much needed ‘you time’.

Worry Less To Achieve More

Stop worrying about the things that are out of your control. Instead, focus on the things you can manage, including your reactions. We’ve all had moments where we’ve reacted poorly and regretted it later. But here’s the thing: reactions are a choice that we have the power to regulate. The same goes for our moods. Yes, you can choose to have a good day. 

If you tell yourself you’re going to have a bad day, chances are that’s exactly what will happen. So why not imagine that something wonderful is going to happen today? What would your mood, approach, and reactions be like if you knew that? Flick the switch and change your mindset! Alter your physiology to put yourself in a good mood and let positivity flow through you. Your mood and physiology have a massive impact on whether you move forward or hold back. So, get yourself into a good mood state and watch the wonders unfold.

The Gift Of Reframing

Unlock the potential of reframing and give yourself the gift of diverse perspectives. This empowering Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Technique allows you to shift your mindset to a deeper level, akin to concentrating on positive outcomes. Discover the silver lining in every situation through reframing, which helps you identify the good in all situations. Make reframing your go-to tool for cultivating a positive outlook on life.

Consistency Is Key

Consistency is key to maintaining motivation and effectively managing your marketing and business efforts. While it may be tempting to push yourself to the limit, doing so increases your risk of burnout, disengagement, and ultimately, low productivity. Instead, aim for a steady, sustainable approach that you can maintain over time. This means finding a balance of effort that works for you and sticking to it. Whether it’s posting on social media twice a day or attending a set number of networking events each month, consistency is key. By committing to a steady pace, you’ll avoid burnout and keep your audience engaged.

Finding Your Optimal Performance

Discover Your Optimal Performance Time and Boost Your Productivity! Are you an early bird or a night owl? Or does afternoon work best for you? Take control of your schedule by monitoring your performance and scheduling important tasks during your peak productivity hours. Not only will you accomplish more, but you’ll also have more time for yourself when you need it most. Don’t stick to the standard 9-5 routine; customise your workday to suit your needs and boost your business success. Start maximising your performance today!

The Power Of Saying No

Embrace the Power of Saying No! As someone who enjoys making a difference and inspiring others to act, I’ve learned how important it is to set boundaries. But rest assured; I’m not suggesting being impolite. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’m emphasising the importance of treating yourself with kindness. Keep track of how many unexpected conversations, phone calls, and emails immediately demand your attention for a week. “Can you spare a few minutes?” or “Do you have time now?” These demands can easily consume your precious time. Combat this issue by scheduling everything in your calendar, not just meetings, but also responses to emails, exercise, personal time – absolutely everything! When you have a gap in your calendar that is meant for you, don’t overlook it in favour of saying yes to someone else. This will help you avoid burnout, which is sure to hold you back.  Instead, you can push forward with enthusiasm, energy and a growth mindset. 

Final Thoughts

As an experienced business person, I have faced my fair share of successes and failures. Despite there being no foolproof way to avoid setbacks in business, taking care of ourselves can make a world of difference. By prioritising our own wellbeing and practicing self-care, we can maintain the clarity and focus needed to propel ourselves forward in times of need. Even with all the tools and resources at our disposal, our unconscious minds can hold us back if we are not careful about the messages we send ourselves. We need to make sure that we don’t get in our own way! That’s why, I live by the mantra “I can, and I will. Watch me!,” and utilise all these strategies for productivity and success. Never underestimate the power of self-care in taking your business to the next level. Everything starts with the person you see in the mirror. Everything starts with you! 

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Tracy Heatley MBA, FCIM is a Chartered Marketer and Award Winning Networking Specialist with over 25 years marketing, and networking experience; having successfully run several networking groups in the North West for over a decade. She is also an Award Winning Broadcaster, Radio Presenter, Podcaster and experienced Public Speaker, Events Host and Ceremony MC. She has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live Wake Up to Money show and Yahoo Finance Her impact and influence has resulted in remarkable results for her clients including tripling their turnover within 6 weeks of working with her, winning more clients and cases in the court room thanks to improved communication skills; identifying hidden markets in their industry so they can become the market leader, and overcoming the fear of starting a new business. Tracy thrives on helping small businesses and start-ups discover and implement new ideas to turn their fortunes around and become profitable and sustainable in whatever climate. Yes, even in a recession! In fact, she even turned her own fortunes around in the last recession of 2008. Here is her podcast: and Facebook group: