As we safely reopen Watkins Glen and all of the Finger Lakes, we look forward to safely welcoming you to our communities. Please remember to call ahead: our restaurants, wineries/breweries/distilleries, and attractions have developed location-specific procedures and protocols to ensure that our community, visitors, and employees remain safe and healthy.

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Consider these truths

Business owners work hard. You're driven. Often pulled in many different and competing directions. Consider these realities when you're looking to recharge.

  1. Time outs can be a great use of time. Is your business heading in a good direction? Is it heading in the direction you want? Use these time outs to plan and visualize the future. Write down your action steps.

  2. Trust your instincts ... after you've considered the input coming at you from all sides. Look for a trusted confidante who can be a sounding board for you. Someone who knows how to listen and isn't looking to give you the answer. 

  3. Educated, calculated risks are the key to growth. Research. Review. Watch trends. Use everything you've gathered to make a decision and act.

  4. Surround yourself with people who are in a position to help you and be sure to ask for help when you need it. 

  5. It's ok to say no. Period. You are not required to explain why you're saying no. 

  6. Lots of factors play into your success. Passion and timing are key. Persistence, though, is also key and can overcome many other obstacles.

  7. Remember that you control your day. If others are dictating your schedule, they are able to do so because you delegated that power.

  8. It's impossible to please everyone. Know your strengths and aim to please the people who can most benefit from those strengths..

  9. Most of life cannot be controlled. We can control our response to life. This includes the thoughts that we verbalize. Remember that silence communicates volumes as do facial expressions. 

  10. Finally, figure out what's important to you and make it happen. Let the rest of it go. 

At the end of the day, mental health and wellness are not a given. They are not they luxuries. And they are not easy. Work for what matters.