I can't sleep. Too much is going through my mind. I toss and turn all night long and wake up in the wee hours desperate to fall back asleep again, but not able to because I am thinking too much.

It's a problem that many small business owners face time and time again. I am no different.

There is a lot to think about. How do I grow my business? Do I expand overseas? Should I hire more people? How do I get clients to pay their bills on time? Should I have handled a particular situation differently? I've forgotten to write something down that I must do tomorrow - do I get up now and write it down?

The list is endless.

Then of course small business owners tend to have some type of personal life. Are you in the right relationship? Are you giving your wife or husband the attention they deserve? Are you children getting enough of your time? Is there time for holidays this year? What about 'me' time?

Although I am reluctant to use excuses as an explanation for why I don't always sleep as soundly as I should, I probably could make some subtle changes to help the situation.

Making choices is the first. When we make a choice, we leave behind other options. It's like the movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you choose one door, will it lead you to where you would like to go. If you would have chosen the other, where would it have led you?

In business, if we don't expand overseas, it means we may end up stagnant.

Then what? Do we keep making money but never really fulfil our dreams?

In life, if we choose one person over another or one direction over another, will it be the right one? Can we turn back and go through the door we chose not to go through the first time? Can we trust our gut instinct?

One thing for sure is that there are too many choices in life. Too many sliding doors. If we choose a path, or a door as it may be, then are we closing off opportunity and ultimately happiness in another direction?

Food for thought.
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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

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