Feeling Overwhelmed? First Aid Tips to Beat Overwhelm for Entrepreneurs

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If you find yourself feeling stretched, stressed and overwhelmed from so much to learn when it comes to marketing and growing your business, I wanted to encourage you that …

You’re not alone.

I’ve been a business owner for over 25 years now and I still have seasons when I get that feeling too. And hundreds of other successful people do too.

In fact, I recently spoke to a CEO who signed up for my complimentary discovery coaching call. This guy is a seasoned entrepreneur. He has grown his business to 14 locations and he’s even authored 6 best selling books, so you might be surprised to know why he reached out to me.

I asked him … “what is the #1 outcome goal you would like me to help you achieve?”

His reply:  “I’m feeling so overwhelmed with all of our new initiatives. I need a coach to help me make the best decisions in how I will manage it all.”

Yes, it just goes to show you that even “successful” people aren’t immune to feeling overwhelmed either.  

So, if you too have been feeling the weight of overwhelm, my encouragement for you today is this:

#1. Accept it’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed in your business.

#2. Know that you’re not alone.

#3. Don’t try to battle through it alone. Reach out for help and support.

Whether you find a peer group of entrepreneurs for support or you looks for a professional coach, having a consistent person to hold you accountable can help you break out of your cycle of struggle faster.

And …

#4. Identify what your 80:20 is in your business and then focus on it.

Simplify your to-do list down to what critical few things you do that make the biggest difference to your success. Often times, doing this step requires the help of having a coach and/or accountability group to challenge you.

It’s a lot like watching the reality show on hoarders. If you have a hoarding problem it’s because it’s incredibly difficult for you to let go of things. You never see a hoarder be able to clear out their home all by themselves.

As a business owner, we too can fall into a similar challenge of not being able to let go of certain tasks you feel has to get done by you … or even done at all.

So, if you feel alone trying to manage the overwhelm in your business ….

  • What is keeping you from engaging a peer group, coach or
    friend to give you the help and support you need?

Share your comment below. I’d really love to know.

I’m in your corner,

Yoon ~

5 Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up in Your Business

UPDATED!  … Ever Feel Like Giving Up in Your Business?

If you’ve been trying to grow your business alone, discouragement can easily knock you off your feet and make you question whether you should be giving up on your business — wondering whether achieving your dream is even possible.

If you’re feeling this fear in your business you are not alone. I have felt your pain and so have thousands of other now successful entrepreneurs.

The good news is you are taking a step in the right direction just by reading this blog and seeking answers.

Here are 5 tips that will help you get up when you feel like giving up. Implement these tips to help you get your “A-game” on.

1. Expect to struggle with challenges.

Challenges are a part of life … and it’s also a part of growing your business.

A wise person taught me a long time ago, “a person’s reaction is based on their expectation.”

Being exposed to so many “overnight” success stories on social media it is no wonder how any normal person might feel like a ‘failure’ if you are going through a rough time in your business.

Well, I rarely find those sound bytes on social media revealing the failures and hard times they had to overcome in order to get to the success they are today.

If you’ve been an email subscriber of mine, you probably already know about some of the high points in my background like, hitting my first Million Dollar milestone … doubling my business 11 times over my 26 year entrepreneur career … starting, turn-keying and selling 3 businesses, etc.

But, you may not know about some of the low points and struggles I went through along the way, when I was …

  • Disheartened at the realization I could have made more money flipping burgers than what I netted in Q1 my first year of business back in 1992 … (I felt so inadequate!) 😭
  • Rejected being turned down for my first round of funding for my 2nd business … (blow to my ego!) 😓
  • Struggling to make payroll some months … (sweating bullets!) 😨
  • Dumbfounded at the damage it cost me from not firing a key employee when I should have – to the tune of quarter of a million dollars (Ouch!) 😖
  • Overwhelmed having to find 20 new hires to replace 20 under performing sales people … (Ugh! Felt like I got the ‘Go back to Start’ card in Monopoly) 😞
  • Blindsided being sued for pregnancy discrimination by a new employee  😱 — (Wow! never imagined that could happen to me as a working mother of 3 children myself)
  • Ok, I could go on and on … but I hope you get the point …

The point is … life is not easy, right?

When you expect growing a business to be easy, then challenges will take you by surprise.  Don’t let obstacles knock the wind out of you and make you dwell on negative thinking.

As Vince Lombardi famously said, “it’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.”

I’ve learned, though it’s so much faster and easier to get up from setbacks when you have other people to help you. That’s why it’s important to …

2. Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.

It’s pretty hard to encourage yourself when you’re in the midst of massive anxiety and frustration.

First, you’ve got to make a decision to get out of solitary confinement and not operate your business like an island.

Don’t try to climb out of your discouragement alone.

  • Find a mastermind group or an advisory group where you get together regularly with like minded entrepreneurs to work ON your business.
  • Join a local networking group where you can build relationships with other business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Reach out to a colleague and ask them to be your accountability partner. (Just don’t choose someone who is in the same place of contemplating giving up in their business right now).

3. Reconnect to your “WHY”.

I find that people think most about quitting and giving up when their business is not making enough money (you need to attract more clients) or the business just isn’t fun anymore (you need to develop high performing people you like being around).

A business won’t survive long if you’re just in it for the money. Yes, it must make money in order to thrive as a business, but there has to be a much greater meaning that drives you in your business.


A greater purpose fuels passion that mere setbacks can not extinguish. Click To Tweet


The problem is pursuing money is not a meaningful purpose. We all need to make a living, but I believe God created each of us on purpose and for a greater purpose.

What was the difference you set out to make in people’s lives through your business?

It doesn’t matter how unglamorous you might think your profession is. Even a house painting business can make a powerful impact when it’s run as a purpose driven business.

When business is slow it’s easy to sink into self pity and start to question whether it’s time to throw in the towel. Instead, shift your focus off yourself and onto others.

Reconnect with your purpose and focus on the impact you want to make through your business.

“Our greatest fear in life should not be failure, but succeeding at things that don’t really matter in life.” ~ Francis Chan Click To Tweet

4. Find an experienced guide.

Discouragement can feel as insurmountable as climbing Mount Everest when you’re not supported by an experienced guide. Let me give you a visual:


don't give up

That’s me struggling to scale this rock. But, I would not have even gotten that far up if I didn’t have my brother belaying me from the ground.

Having him belay me protected me from getting hurt when I did fall. And, he knew how to belay me so I didn’t fall very far.

He also took me on walls he has scaled before. So, he could guide me on what steps I should take that was within my physical reach.  

He didn’t guide me in the same sequence he gave my son, who could take a different path getting to the top since he is 5 inches taller than me and has far greater upper body strength than I do.

If I were free climbing I would certainly give up after my first fall. But, I would never attempt to go free climbing by myself. I know my threshold for pain and at my age, I would not risk breaking any bones.

It’s the same in your business. You can’t afford making costly mistakes. Hiring an experienced guide is worth every penny!


5. Evaluate your equipment.

When rock climbing you have to have the proper equipment to have a successful climb. The wrong shoes will make every step hiking up the mountain slippery and dangerous. A clothing line rope does not qualify as proper equipment. You may be able to hang clothes with it, but you wouldn’t depend on a clothing line rope to hold you from falling off a cliff.

If business is slow, you want to evaluate what equipment are you using in your marketing toolbox.

Don’t overlook the importance of having the right marketing tools. You can watch your sales climb much faster if you use the right tool for the right job.

These are some of the critical tech tools every business should be equipped with.

  • effective lead generation magnet(s)
  • a lead capture landing page
  • a lead generation website
  • email marketing/autoresponder tool
  • traffic generation tools like social media

BONUS TIP #1. Shift your focus from seeing “problems” to seeing “opportunities”

If you keep focusing on your problem that your business is not making enough money right now, all you get is worry, anxiety and ulcers. The most effective way I know how to shift from focusing on the problem into seeing opportunities is by measuring your marketing metrics.

This is one of the most overlooked steps. But, measuring your marketing is like getting an instant X-ray of what is causing the problem.

Let me know if you want me to cover this topic in more detail in future blog posts, (just tell me in the comment box below)  but let’s take one specific marketing tactic like your website. The numbers will tell you what opportunities to focus on.


# of new visits to your site = 1,000
# of subscribers = 5
# bounce rate = 90%
# average time spent on site = 4 seconds
average # of pages spent on site = 7

Can you see what opportunities the business with this above example should focus on?

If this is an area you are screaming for more help interpreting in your business right now you can sign up for a complimentary marketing assessment here.

BONUS TIP #2. Don’t worry about the storm. Worry about having a good anchor.

Falling sales numbers might be the storm in your business. Having a good anchor will keep you from worrying about it. When I am rock climbing I don’t worry about falling because I know I am anchored to my belayer who also happens to be my older brother.

Not only is he my safety net; he’s also my guide coaching me through what my next steps should be. Because my nose is so close to the rock, it can be hard to see what step I should take next.

My belayer can see the bigger picture from where he is standing. Plus, he’s climbed the rock before, so he knows first hand the pitfalls and the easiest path to reach the top.

Who is belaying you in your business? Who is your safety net? Who is guiding your next steps when your nose is too close to see those opportunities?

Question: What do you do when you feel like giving up? Share your tips and questions below.

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What They Don’t Teach You in Harvard Business School About Goal Setting

In the book, What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, author Mark McCormack tells a study about the students in the 1979 MBA program. The students were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”
The results were striking–only 3% of the students had written goals. Another 13% had some idea of goals but they weren’t written down. The other 84% had no specific goals.

10 years later, the graduates were interviewed again. The 13% who had goals were earning an average of twice as much as the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had clearly defined and written their goals, were earning an average of 10 times their classmates.

Clearly, setting goals is powerful. Writing them down is more powerful. They’re important in achieving not just financial success but success in your health and relationships too.

But, to be effective, goals must be specific and clearly defined with a time limit. They can drive your “to do” list forward so you make measurable progress each day.

Goals are personal. It’s not enough to say you want to be “successful”. Define that, what does success look like for you? Is it flexibility with your time? A certain amount of money in the bank? Living debt free?

Be honest with yourself as you set your goals so you’re setting ones that will give you energy and motivation.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to set the goals that are right for you:

1) Set specific and measurable goals– otherwise, you won’t know when you’ve achieved them. Do you want more time off? If so, what does that mean? 2 mornings a week? Every Tuesday? Be specific. Likewise, it’s not enough to say you want to make “more money”. How much money? Do you want to increase your net worth by $100,000 in the next three years? Do you want to increase your pay rate by 10% in the coming six months? Once you define the goal, you can look at the big picture to know how you can make it happen.

2) Set the right goals for you–Your goals should energize and inspire you. If they don’t, re evaluate. May be they’re not big enough. Or, may be they’re too big. Goals should be big enough to push you but if they’re overwhelming you may need to readjust.

3) What has to go? As you grow and transition in your business, you will need to let go of some things. They may be tasks, habits or even people. Be aware of things/ideas/people that give you energy and what depletes you. Delegate or outsource your energy draining tasks and replace them with ones that energize. Recognize habits that move you forward in your goals such as getting regular exercise so you’re able to perform at your optimum level and continue doing them.
You’re in charge of your business! Design your business around the life you want to live and watch your achievements grow!

If you need someone to come alongside you to help you plan your goals so you reach them quicker, I’m only a phone call away! (215) 292-4947

QUESTION:  What has been your most effective strategy to help you set and achieve your goals? Please share your comments in the box below.

About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: YoonCannon@ParamountBusinessCoach.com To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 


© Copyright 2016


The Myth Behind Fast Growth Companies

Note From Yoon

Fast Growth CompaniesOnly 3 more months until we find out who the 100 fastest growing companies are in the Philadelphia area. 

If you would like to attend to network with these CEO’s I invite you to email me for an invitation. Or, if you’re like to be one of these winning companies I invite you to call me to discuss how we can get you positioned for fast growth awards like this. 

Enjoy today’s article on my take on the Myths Behind Fast Growth Companies. 





The Myth Behind Fast Growth Companies

As co-chair of the Philadelphia 100 awards I get to help promote our area’s 100 fastest growing companies.  When you read about the success stories of fast growing companies it’s easy to get sucked into the thinkingt hat these lucky entrepreneurs had the “midas” touch and got to enjoy overnight success.

Well, more often than not, that just isn’t so. When you read past the headlines and dig deeper into many of the back stories of those successful entrepreneurs who turned their small business into the dream big business, what you’ll learn is a common thread of simple patience.

There is a special species of bamboo that grows in China and the Far East. After the bamboo is planted, no visible growth occurs for up to 5 years. Even under ideal conditions, the plant shows no signs of growth for years after it is planted. Then suddenly, as if by magic, the bamboo begins to grow at a rate of nearly 2 ½ feet per day until it reaches its full height of 90 feet! The bamboo farmer who persistently cares for the seemingly barren land will reap the rewards once the bamboo shoots take off. He knows that the rapid growth of the bamboo is not at all magical – the bamboo is able to grow so quickly because it spends the first five years of its life developing miles of roots to support its growth.


As a business owner, you must also develop a “root system” . When it comes to your marketing tactics are you patient in your persistence or do you swiftly abort tactics that do not result in immediate prospect inquiries? Frequently, it is just when a tactic was about to begin to take root that the business owner quits and moves on to trying something else. Often times, the difference between successful outcomes and failed outcomes is the one degree difference in your own mental state of mind between ‘trying’ and ‘committing’.

How about in your prospect conversion strategy? Do you have a follow up system that keeps in touch with your prospects for up to 2 years or do you typically give up after just 2 or 3 follow ups? Did you know that, on average, businesses have to follow up with potential clients 8 times in order to make the sale?! So, if you’re not happy with the results of your marketing, ask yourself,  “Have I been patiently persistent?” If you’re considering whether to abort a specific tactic take a good look at your actual efforts and ask yourself, “Have I simply been trying or have I truly committed to this tactic?” If you’re willing to be persistent, but just not sure whether you are taking the right approach to nurturing the root system of your business.

QUESTION: What inspires and encourages you as an entrepreneur to keep pushing forward in the midst of struggle?  Please share your comments below in the comment box.

About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: YoonCannon@ParamountBusinessCoach.com To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 

QUESTION: What inspires and encourages you as an entrepreneur to keep pushing forward in the midst of struggle?  Please share your comments below in the comment box.

© Copyright 2016

Superman’s Motivation – Do You Have It?

Note From Yoon

small ant carrying a leaf

Sometimes it’s those little things in life that speak loudly on the big lessons worth learning. 

I noticed this tiny little ant who was carrying a piece of food that was bigger than his own size. He didn’t seem to slow down his pace even though the temperature was scorching hot on this summer afternoon. He didn’t even pause when I watched him occasionally slip into the crevices of my porch floor. He was one motivated ant! 

It reminded me of the immense power that motivation has on us. As business owners we are bound to occasionally lose our footing and slip into those crevices of setbacks.

The right motivation can empower you with the strength to keep moving forward to your goal. Read today’s blog article and please share your comments and questions on how you can stay in peak motivation. 

Here’s to Your Success~


Superman’s Motivation – Do You Have It?

motivationThe world knew Christopher Reeve as a Super hero. He could leap tall buildings in a single bound as he righted injustices.

Then, in real life, he fell from his horse and suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from his neck down. He could have felt sorry for himself for the rest of his life. But, instead, he confined his sorrow to a good cry each morning and then got on with it.

“In the morning, I need twenty minutes to cry,” he said. “To wake up and make that shift, you know, and to just say, “This really sucks”…to really allow yourself the feeling of loss…still needs to be acknowledged.” But after his long, hard cry each day, he would tell himself, “And now, forward!”

Reeve operated his wheelchair by blowing through or sipping on a straw. Yet he still traveled around the country speaking at Commencement addresses, directing movies and was a spokesperson for finding medical cures for quadriplegics.

He was determined to not to let the very real obstacle of being paralyzed keep him from living a life worth living. He can be an inspiration to all of us. (more…)