The Stress Less Business Owner

by: Todd Hopkins


Stress is a killer.  People are dying everyday due to stress related illnesses.  We were not created and our bodies were not designed to carry the stress burdens common to today’s typical man or woman.

I know.  As a 46 year old business owner, in the summer of 2012, my doctor looked me in the eye and said you are either in the middle of a heart attack or about to have one.  My blood pressure and EKG were going crazy and he ordered me to the emergency room.  There, as a team of doctors quickly surrounded me, attaching tubes, asking questions and running test, I asked myself how did I get here. I am a blessed man.  I have a wonderful wife, great kids and a good business.  I love the Lord with all my heart.  Surely, this isn’t how it ends for me, dying of a stress-laden heart attack in a hospital emergency room.

Logically, I knew I shouldn’t be stressed, but my body and heart were not being logical.  I found myself constantly reliving negative situations in my life, especially as a business owner.  I could have 95% happy employees, customers and franchisees and I would think about the 5%. It’s not a good place.  My body responded by dropping weight to an unhealthy level as I lost my appetite.  I knew I was in trouble.

Through prayer and God’s grace, I lived and am now living a stress less life.  While a stress free life is not realistic, there are definitely things we can do or disciplines we can embrace to stress less.  I have found that the stress less life is more enjoyable than the stressful life.  Plus, I feel better, have more fun, appreciate life more and make better decisions.  And the cherry on top is that I sleep well.  I used to hate waking up in the middle of the night worrying about burdens.  Those days have passed.  In fact, it was during one of those sleepless nights that I finally asked myself, “Does it have to be this way?” and “What needs to happen for it to not be this way?”  My answer was to seek and discover how to eliminate (or drastically reduce) stress in my life.  I don’t want to die of stress.  I want to live.  How can I be more intentional about living a stress less life?

In this book, I will share with you the ten disciplines I discovered to reducing stress and bringing joy back to my life and business.  I hope and pray the disciplines in this book will help you achieve the stress less quality of life you seek, and even to a level you never knew was possible.