You know when you're working on something and it's spinning out of control, but in a good way? That's happening to my mustard company right now. I'm incredibly excited with everything that's happening - from our packaging redesign (by the amazingly-talented Lis Gerber) to the people we meet at shows and events who truly believe in our product. And I don't even know if we can produce enough mustard to meet demand. Not to mention a growing personal brand.
I've had bags under my eyes and a huge smile on my face for the past few months.
Things are starting to come together. This is what I deem "happy-freak-out" stress. It's the kind of stress entrepreneurs love. The feeling of working through the night on a project you're so freakin' passionate about. The feeling of support from those around you. And the dreaded horror of not being able to get it all done (even when part of your business is outsourced). It's a feeling only business owners feel - that the roller coaster is alive and well.
Embrace Happy-Freak-Out Stress.
It's a good thing to be on your toes. It forces you to execute like you never have before. To solve problems quickly. To meet people who help you make things happen. Stress isn't always a bad thing. It can be what lights your fire. It can be what completely ruins your day. And it can be a source of frustration.
Embrace stress. It's never going away.
Happy-freak-out stress is a way for you to take a step back. To use your stress in a positive way. For example, when I'm stressed, I take the time to call a friend or family member and talk it out, rather than have it overwhelm me. That just leads to poor execution.
Happy-freak-out stress has helped me gain better relationships with friends far away, and even my parents down the road. It's helped me realize the power of letting go (whether that's behind the lens, at the gym, or on the spin bike) and how important it is to maintain focus even in times of great joy or dark days.
Don't live your life letting stress control it. Embrace stress. Call your friends. And make stress work for you.