Creating Your Stress Free World
Stress is something we all encounter in our busy lives everyday. You can’t avoid it. There are many forms of stress-causers you can’t control like getting stuck in traffic or preparing for an exam. What I am talking about are the things you can control and even prevent.
Stress is a serious thing. It is defined as “a situation or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, nervous, or anxious.” We all know stress is bad for you. It can cause you to lose sleep, overeat, be impatient, and can cause a host of negative behaviors and habits. It can even take the joy out of life and contribute to depression. What can we do to create a stress free world for ourselves?
Some people have stressful jobs that make their life miserable. They hate going to work everyday. It’s the last place they want to be. I feel sad for these people. How can you possibly do a good job if you are stressed out and unhappy? I consider myself extrememly blessed because I love my job as a mobile groomer. Grooming is part of my very soul. In fact, it’s more then a job. It’s who I am. I know many other groomers who feel as I do. It’s not uncommon in our profession.
One of the great things about having your own mobile grooming business is you can control your workday. You can decide who you will groom and where you will go. You can chose the products and tools you like best and how much you want to work. You can purchase or build your own van or trailor. You can create your own artistic world and spend the day with puppies and kitties. How heavenly is that?
One of the biggest benefits to having your own mobile grooming business is finding those special customers who make your world a better place, void of stress. They do exist - they respect you and your business. These are customers who call ahead to change their appointment should their plans change; they don’t wait for you to call them. When you send an email or text message to confirm their appointment they respond right away. These customers send their groom fee promptly should they forget to leave a check. These are customers who work with you as a team to care for their dog or cat, brushing and combing in between appointments and keep their pet on the proper schedule. They even shovel and salt their walk when the weather is bad and know you are coming.
One thing I have always said about running a mobile grooming business is you have to run the business, you can’t let it run you. Aside from looking for that special customer, I have learned in the last five years you can’t groom every dog or kitty that comes your way. I know how to say yes and I know how to say no. I know why I'm calm and relaxed when I am working. I have great customers and great pets. We respect and appreciate each other, the dogs and cats I groom are cooperative and happy. This equation equals a stress-free workday.
A business relationship is a two way street. Find those special customers and pets. Treat them like gold. Put your safety and your well-being first so you can look at your schedule for the day and like what you see. I intend on being in this business for a long, long time. Surround yourself with everything positive and your soul will thank you for it. You will become the calmest and happiest mobile groomer on the planet Earth.