How’s business for you these days? In the last few weeks, it seems like everywhere we go; someone is complaining that business is down. They’re feeling worried about the future. They’ve “never seen such a year”…
It’s a fact of life and business that everyone has their ups and downs. Steve’s mom used to tell us, “Nobody told you life was fair”…and that’s a reasonable adage to keep in mind. We also have a feeling that all this doom and gloom can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If all anyone hears from you (including your colleagues, contacts and customers) is how slow things are, how poorly you’re doing, or how you just can’t figure out what to do next, pretty soon the putrid perfume of failure may start to cling to you. Take our industry, for example. We’re in the business of helping people create new ideas, improve their processes, strengthen their messages, and address their challenges. But some of our contacts and colleagues are seeing dramatic shifts in their business, as their clients have been facing tough times, and losing sight of the future in the interest of keeping their companies alive right now. Imagine what life would be like for us, if suddenly we started complaining that everything was hopeless and there was no way to get things back on track. Would you hire us to help solve problems or renew energy at your company? We don’t think so.
So we’re hoping you’ll keep in mind that for as long as anyone can remember, there has always been someone worse off in the world. As the old song goes, “Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile”. It will do you good. …And if you’re having trouble finding something to inspire you to be happy, just spend a few minutes and see if you can’t find someone less fortunate than yourself to think about, and figure out how you can help them.
A few more tips before we send you on your way:
- Step away from one of your problems and consider what you would do if your friend, colleague, or customer had the same issue—what advice would you give them? Are you listening?
- Set a goal. Think about something you have really wanted to accomplish. Then take a look at the past few months and see if there have been opportunities that you have pushed aside, to take a step in that direction. If so, open the door and look at them with fresh eyes. If not, figure out the smallest forward step you can take, and take it. It will help, you’ll see!
- Seek opportunities. Go out into the world today with an open heart, open eyes, and an open mind, and actively look for a chance to build, do, or earn something that will make a change for the better in you and your work. As doors close, windows open—find out what the winds of change are bringing to you.
Looking ahead without pre-adventuring,
Megann & Steve