We each create our own economy. As business owners, this is especially true.
What we think, how we feel, directly impacts how well our businesses fare.
The success, or failure of my business, begins between my ears. Watch this video, then Google these facts:
- More millionaires were created after the Great Depression of 1929 than any other time in U.S. history.
- Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. today were started right after the Depression.
Look at failures in your business as if they were forest fires.
During the summer, hundreds of small fires are ignited and extinguished by nature, as a means of clearing out dead trees, debris, etc., far up in the wilderness where people can’t get.
I’ve got friends who camp high up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado every summer. They say that at night, it’s pitch black except for the fires you see raging up in the mountains or wilderness where fire trucks can’t get.
The snow puts the fires out during the winter, and the cleansing starts again in the summer after the snow melts.
That’s nature removing the old, making way for the new. Year in, year out. For tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of years, nature cleanses itself and removes the old to make way for the new.
Just as nature ebbs and flows in cycles, so does business.
When you find something that works in your business, keep it, refine it, and make it work better. Nurture and grow your successes so that your business evolves and grows with the world you’re serving.
And what to do with what doesn’t work?
Discard the old ways of thinking and doing things and replace them with new, more efficient ways of thinking and doing.
I can pack only so much stuff in a 155-pound sack. If the sack is filled with things that don’t work, how will I fit in the things that do work?
In my opinion, business owners today must clear their old ways of thinking about business development: Where to find prospects, how to create and build relationships, how to find and close deals.
We’ve got to look at how our businesses have grown, how we want them to grow. Focus on being grateful for the good our businesses have brought into our lives.
We’ve got to keep our eyes on the road ahead, because the past is behind us.
Remember the past, learn and grow from it, but continue moving forward.
Remember this: Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
So grab your gloves and shoes and get in the ring and start swinging.