This post was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
When it comes to starting your own business or launching a startup, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious about the process. One feeling many people don’t acknowledge early enough in the process is their fear and paranoia. Paranoia is the belief and delusion a person has that there is a threat against them when there isn’t. Examples of paranoid thinking include believing someone is out to get you, you’re being watched, or there’s a plan to undermine you. Before letting these thoughts plague your relationships and mental health, it’s important to find ways to reduce paranoia and improve your thoughts on the situation.
While you’re creating a development plan for your entrepreneurial endeavor, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to go through these struggles by yourself. On top of learning how to cope with anxiety and stress, you can also reach out to experienced professionals about your frustrations and challenges. If you’re looking for more information on paranoia and working through mental health difficulties, take a look at these resources from the online mental health experts at BetterHelp: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/paranoia/.
Stress is a significant contributor to fueling paranoid thoughts. When a person is stressed out, it can increase their anxiety, risk of burnout, and self-doubt. This can lead to negative thoughts and reduce trust in the people that may be trying to help. Starting a business or startup is going to come with stressful situations, so it’s important to have coping mechanisms prepared to help reduce the effects of stress and anxiety throughout this process. By reducing your stress and finding ways to relax, recollect, and self-reflect, you can improve your mental health and inner voice.
Paranoia can also come from taking on too much work and building unrealistic standards for yourself and others. If you continuously set up objectives that are going to be difficult to obtain, you may start to believe delusional thoughts like those around you are holding you back or you’re being sabotaged. These thoughts don’t come from a few missed targets – by regularly taking risks and reducing the opportunity for breaks or restructured strategies, you’re more likely to feel negative or pessimistic about ambitions and projects.
Fear and mistakes can actually be quality tools in building a successful business. While it’s important to set realistic standards for yourself and your team, it’s also crucial to remember that there will be times when things go wrong. In order to cope with these situations, you need to accept when you’re worried about something and use it as a strength rather than see it as a weakness. Fear is your brain triggering a response to alert your body to potential danger and risk; when you recognize these emotions, it can help you to develop a strategy and prepare for the negative outcomes you may be considering. Instead of allowing yourself to dwell on the issues at hand, you can use past mistakes as learning experiences and remind yourself that you’ve worked through similar problems in the past.
In order to reduce paranoid thoughts about those around you, a strong support system needs to be built on trust and understanding. This group should consist of friends, family members, and colleagues that you can safely express your frustrations or struggles without feeling judged or unaccepted.
By communicating your negative thoughts, you have the opportunity to work through these fears and come to a solution with the help of someone you can lean on momentarily. A strong support system will help you to build trust in others, get quality opinions about your decisions, and provide a healthy space for you to vent.
Finally, you can reduce paranoia and imposter syndrome by continuously working on your craft. This means regularly researching, practicing, and improving your skillset to strengthen your business. By adopting the idea that you can always learn more and perform better each time you try, you can improve your self-trust, inner voice, and self-esteem.
Refining your abilities and looking to others for help is a great way to focus on basic needs while also learning how to progress in a healthy, positive way. Whether that’s by taking on tasks that are adjacent to your skills, learning how to help others in their positions, or taking additional time to relieve stress, you can always improve yourself as a business person and entrepreneur.