Being your own boss. It's what many of us dream of from the time we're in high school right to the time we're settled into our first,second or third 'real' job. And for some of us, that dream actually becomes a reality.

Yet being your own boss is not always the way we envisioned.As it turns out, scooting out early for a game of golf, taking long weekends away and lingering over extra long lunches isn’t what being your own boss is all about.

Instead, you inevitably find out, being your own boss is a big responsibility. Major decisions all now fall on your shoulders, as do a host of little ones. There’s paperwork to take care of, perhaps employees to manage … and then there are those pesky emotions like self-doubt and procrastination.

“There are many emotional challenges that come from being your own boss,” says Hale Dwoskin,CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “One of the biggest is when we become a taskmaster and are extremely disapproving of our own performance. We also tend to carry our business around with us 24 hours a day,and often live to work, as opposed to working to live.”

All of this can add up to a lot of stress, stress that can eat into your productivity, health and happiness if you're not careful. But even beyond stress management,your emotions, your attitude and your outlook are so very important to your business' ssuccess.

Are You Tending to Your Emotional Needs?

Plowing forward in your business without tending to your emotions is like running a locomotive without a conductor. Sooner or later,you’re going to get off course, possibly permanently.

So whether you're already out on your own, or simply contemplating it, make sure tending to your emotional health is a regular partof your business plan. Fortunately, with tools like The Sedona Method, which teaches you to release in the moment, you can keep your spirits high and your focus on track easily.

“The best way to handle all emotional challenges that come up from being your own boss is to allow yourself to get into the habit of releasing an action,” Dwoskin says. “And the best way to release an action is to allow yourself to welcome whatever you're feeling moment to moment and simply do your best to continue to let it go.”

“It is also extremely helpful to use releasing on goals to keep you focused,” he continues. “And use releasing on action steps to keep you in productive, creative and supportive action.”

When you do this, you’ll become free of preconceived notions and baggage from the past. Your goals and actions (the steps you feel you need to take to reach your goals) will feel like a choice, rather than an obligation, and you’ll be able to start out fresh with the best chances of achieving whatever it is you desire.

You can also use the process of advantages and disadvantages as a way to help yourself make clear decisions. This is an excellent tool of The Sedona Method that helps you uncover areas where you've become stuck, and subsequently let them go. It's especially useful for addressing problems such as procrastination or not finishing projects, making decisions, and revealing hidden attachments and aversions that may be holding you back.

As your own boss, you owe it to yourself to take every advantage you can to help your business succeed, and The Sedona Method is just that. Learn how to get in control of your emotions and watch your business thrive.

“The more you release throughout your day, the more successful you will be,” Dwoskin says.