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Lots on Your Plate?

Balancing your entrepreneurial duties is tough, but you can channel your stress into action.

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This story appears in the October 2006 issue of Start Up.

To stay energized and focused, learn how to move forward even under the most extreme pressure. Rather than battling your subconscious to eliminate the sensation of being overextended, learn how to put your feelings into perspective given the tasks at hand. Begin this process by teaching yourself to maintain momentum even when you feel overwhelmed.

1. Weave your personality into your discovery process. Enjoy the process of starting a business by learning the methods that work for your personality. Start by examining your innate responses when you become overstretched. Do you feel defeated when you look at your to-do list? Realize that whatever you feel at these moments is natural; it's part of who you are. Master the art of moving forward by learning to turn on your "affirmative mind-set." Assess your immediate reaction to circumstances. Then decide to work through the chaos by taking action, despite how you're feeling personally.

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