The relationship you have with your business is like all the other relationships you’ve had in your life: They all have their ups and downs. When things are good, you’re walking on sunshine. No clouds in the sky, the birds are singing, and there’s a rainbow in every direction.
When things are bad, they can suck. People aggravate you for breathing too loudly. You sneer at others that cross your path. Everyone seems to be out to get you, and the universe is conspiring against your business’ survival. The dark clouds have moved in and constantly circle your life.
When the business blues come to visit you (and if you own or run a business, they will), you need a plan to get out of the rut and back on track.
Just remember that the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. Awareness is critical. When you see yourself in a proverbial hole...stop digging! Awareness precedes choice; choice precedes change.
Being in a slump is normal. You can’t have sunshine every day; you need some rain in there if you want to grow. Successful business owners and leaders appreciate the rainy days and harness their power into growth. How? I’m glad you asked.
It’s easy to be angry and bitter towards the world. Watch the news for 10 minutes, and it looks like a clusterfuck around us. Stop looking outward and refocus on the things you have going on that are good. Yes, having an attitude of gratitude is paramount to long-term success. When you’re truly grateful for the things and people you have in your life, you’ll find an inner peace that money can’t buy.
Think of the people or things (like being alive) that you’re grateful for right now. Oh, if you say there’s nothing to be grateful for, reframe the statement to the things you could you be grateful for if you thought about it. Your mind is a magnet, and it attracts what you think about.
Without a vision, people perish. A good way to explain your business' vision is through a process like storytelling for business so that your business has a vision for the future. Without it, you have nothing pulling you towards a compelling horizon. You’re stuck and spin your wheels every day just trying to maintain (protect) what you have. While you stand still, the competition starts to surround you and slowly cuts into your market, stealing your top talent and your customers.