I’m sure you know the drill: you set your business goals, take committed action toward them, and then “release attachment” to the results (that’s usually the hard part). You add a big dose of Faith, and then you “patiently” await the results…
And, often, things turn out pretty close to what you expect. Right? Sometimes it’s even better than you anticipated. Hooray!
But sometimes they don’t…sometimes they’re worse…and then what do you do?
- You freak out, get mad and really upset.
- You get totally deflated, and think “maybe I should get a J-O-B.”
- You blame things like “the economy” or the “business model” or your “mentor.”
Yes…I’ll admit it: I’ve done every single one of those things, more often than I’d like to report. Even though I consider myself a “spiritual” entrepreneur, I’m still also incredibly human.
What if there was another way to look at these surprises, to see them as rites of passage as you build your business? Each time you weather another storm, you mature that much more as an entrepreneur. It’s like racking up training miles as you prepare to run a marathon.
Here’s what I suggest you do when nothing seems to be going your way:
Find the gift in the tough stuff. It’s always there, waiting for you to mine it, dust it off, see its sparkling beauty and realize there are no accidents. When you can calm down, sit back and review what happened, you may find the “Ah ha!” moment. And then you’ll see that everything had to happen the way that it did, whether you wanted it to or not, in order for you (and me!) to get the lesson we need. If you don’t uncover the gift in those situations, trust me: the universe will send you another “opportunity” to learn it…but the next time it will have to try harder to get your attention. Ouch.
Honor your intuition, always. Last summer, my head told me to plan my Fall one way, while my heart and intuition told me something else. Which one did I listen to? You guessed it: my head. As a result, I made things harder than they needed to be, and missed the opportunities to have more ease and grace in my business. So pay attention, and honor the intuitive nudges that are always with you. As an entrepreneur, your internal GPS is your biggest, secret weapon. Pay attention to it.
Stay in Gratitude. Whatever your situation, good or bad, take time to stay in gratitude, for all of it. Building a business, or a life for that matter, is not a straight line. It’s a series of pivots and course corrections, much like a boat that tacks back and forth in order to reach its final destination.