Thought 3 – When things don’t go your way, practice acceptance!
If you are in your comfort zone, (even if it feels decidedly uncomfortable because of business conditions) acceptance of a set-back will be the last thing you want to confront. You may have to face up to subtle fears, (those hidden from everyone, even yourself) but you must force your own perception of what is safe in your predictable world, to be tested.
To be a dynamic business owner, there must be comfort and acceptance for elements of uncertainty, and the acknowledgement that to do something that should end in success might end in failure.
Thought 4 – Be prepared to look foolish.
By far the biggest business mistake we make is avoiding at all cost the risk of being perceived as odd or different, appearing foolish. As a consequence we all refuse to admit an absence of knowledge or for being less than perfect. But look at all the people who you associate with. The happy and prosperous people do make mistakes; do go overboard at times – that could be exactly the reason that they are happy and prosperous.
Here is some good news, people who are liked, who are nice to be around – are just like you – So you might as well be that person who looks for learning outcomes in each day – a person who does not let others dictate what knowledge is relevant, important or ultimately useful, or what you will or will not give a try.
Thought 5 – Just do it.
Did you know that ancient Greek generals would literally “burn their boats” upon landing on foreign shores – so as to truly commit the army to moving forward. So if you are contemplating business change, and that change may be big or small actions; commit to the experience, expect to wrestle with unanticipated outcomes and to confront other obstacles. Test your limits again – committing to something new is embracing change, perhaps not even knowing with certainty the outcomes, and that is the freedom that drove you to becoming an independent business owner in the first place.
Joseph Campbell – 1904 to 1987 said, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to live the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed, before the new one can come”.
If you do commit, you will need to – burn your emotional boats – take down your safety nets of procrastination.
Step 1 – Commit to an action – begin today, even if all the pros and cons are not fully thought through or known.
Step 2 – Do not hesitate if uncertain – do it anyway the best way you can. Simply do it because if perfection were more desirable than effort – there would be no champions.
Step 3 – Persevere, Persist – feel good about the creation of an action – even if the outcome is less than successful, celebrate, adapt and do it again and again until it works for you.
There are of course always lessons to be learnt from listening to and observing the efforts of others. There are war stories that we have all encountered that reveal business secrets. Yet a secret sitting right in the open, in front of all business owners, is that having the confidence to do something different generally produces new opportunities and challenges existing limiting beliefs. It creates its own energy as much as avoiding such action destroys energy and saps strength.
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