E-News - Three Ways to Sleep Better

Many of the business owners I consult with have one big thing in common: Issues at work either keep them from going to sleep or wake them up at three a.m. The top three factors that influence insomnia for these folks are typically stress, debt, and people. So how do we sleep better? There are a few steps we can take to ease us to Dreamland for the much-needed rest we desire.

  1. Decrease debt. There is really nothing wrong with debt if you have a worthwhile goal when incurring the debt and if you have means to pay it off as early as possible, but those are some big ifs! Three years ago, excluding a few trucks with very low interest rates on their loans, I finally managed to become debt free in both my personal life and my business. Why did I put effort into that? Because I need sleep, and it’s one less thing for me to worry about! In Proverbs, the Bible mentions that the borrower becomes a slave to the lender. In other words, they own you, and I don’t like to be owned by anyone but God. Being debt free gives me the freedom to save more, pay less interest, write fewer checks, help others, and improve my rest.
  2. Control stress. First of all, stay positive. Focus on the things that are going right in your life and remind yourself how far you’ve come. Measure your progress and often remind yourself of it. Second, control your reactions. This is a tough one for me, but it must be mastered, because controlling how we react allows us to control our stress level. Third, set goals and focus on achieving them. Know what you want to accomplish and keep your eye on the ball. Finally, help others. Whether this is with training, teaching, and coaching or in the form of charity, giving to others decreases your stress, because you simply won’t have time to worry as much about you when you are trying to meet the needs of those around you. Be a blessing, and you’ll do less stressing!
  3. Remember we’re only human. It’s often been said that a church is perfect until the first person walks through the door, and this is true in business as well. Only one person walked on water, and He’s no longer physically with us. We all have faults, and we all have different personalities, opinions, and ideas. It may not always be easy to work with others, and this might be why so many businesses fail within the first year, when they start hiring. As a leader, however, you must take the high road. Make the best decisions you can for all involved, but don’t be disappointed when others don’t. If you make the best decisions you can for the team, it will all work out in the end. There is nothing easy about working with people, as it comes with many challenges. Sometimes, you are part of the problem, but do your best to get along well with the team you’ve put in place and keep moving forward. You will rest easier at night if you know you’ve done your best to avoid being someone else’s nightmare.

If these were easy, no one would be stressed about any of them. If you want to sleep better at night and have better control of your business and life, I challenge you to implement these tactics and rest a little easier.

Carry On!

Greg McAfee
Greg McAfee
HVAC Business Coach