If you’re like most solo entrepreneurs or small business owners, you are under constant pressure from work and personal demands. The range of business related demands you face is wide ranging and ever increasing – demands from customers, suppliers, employees, new legislation etc.

In today’s fast-paced, competitive marketplace, the ability for entrepreneurs to cope under pressure is often the difference between business success and failure.


As long as we perceive we have the ability and resources (internal and external) to cope with all the demands we face, we experience pressure. We all need a certain level of pressure to feel energised, excited and motivated to perform at our best.

Excessive Pressure

However, once we perceive we can no longer cope with the accumulated demands we face, the pressure becomes excessive and we move past our personal ‘tipping point’ (Check out the Pressure/Performance Curve) .


Our mind interprets excessive pressure as a threat to our physical and/or emotional well-being. In response to that threat we experience stress,  a cocktail of symptoms comprising physical sensations, thoughts and behaviours. Stress has a negative impact on our performance, productivity, creativity, and innovation — the very things, as a business owner, you need to support business growth and success.

Chronic Stress

When we experience excessive pressure over a sustained period the stress can accumulate and become chronic. Chronic stress has a detrimental impact on our mental and/or physical health and well-being. Sooner or later, rather than achieving the business success we dreamed of, we find ourselves ‘burnt out’.

The effects of prolonged chronic stress on our mental and physical health — let alone our productivity — are too serious to ignore...

Successfully coping with the pressures of running a small business

The entrepreneurs who successfully cope with the pressures of running a small business are equipped with a set of mental and behavioural skills/habits that enable them to:

  • exploit pressure to their advantage
  • remain within their personal optimal performance zone
  • avoid burn out and chronic stress

Best of all they get to enjoy the success and rewards that performing at their best under pressure brings.

You Too Can Become Skilled At Performing Under Pressure

The good news is that, with practice, these essential pressure management skills can be developed and enhanced.

What Next?

If you'd like to explore how you can develop the skills you need, so you and your business thrive and achieve the success you deserve, contact me on 021 056 8389 or email me at tony@tycoaching.nz.

To go ahead and book your free Performing Under Pressure Consultation today, simply click on the Book Now box below.

Until next week,

Go well

Tony helps individuals to harness the power of their mind to achieve success and well-being in life, work and business. Tony's particular area of expertise is in helping people perform under pressure and gain freedom from worry, anxiety and distress. Tony’s solution focused approach to coaching uses a range of techniques drawn from the fields of co-active coaching, clinical hypnotherapy, positive psychology and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).

Contact Tony today to discuss how he can help you, or if you think Tony could help someone you know, you might like to encourage them to get in touch with him.