Life is an adventure, a roller coaster, a journey where you can only see 10 feet in front of you, but all the way behind you, and full of surprises. You never know what your life, the economy, or your business will do next. Sure there are things you can do to have a bit of control over what happens, but not everything. As a business owner or leader, what do you do with this challenge?
First, stop waiting for perfection: it won’t happen. There may be moments that are more “appointed” than others, moments that seem torn from the pages of a fairy tale. Times when everything just goes right, and as planned or predicted. But more often than not, you’ll have to deal with things in less than perfect states. Stop worrying about the perfection, start taking action now.
Second, accept failure. It’s actually healthy to fail. If you look at the animal kingdom, we see what could be called failures all over the place: plants die, eggs don’t hatch, animals fail to mate or plants get eaten before they can produce edible food. Somewhere in our history someone decided that failure was unacceptable. I would encourage you to realize that accepting failure and moving on is far better than staying stuck in a rut where things don’t work.
Third, plan for the challenges. If you’re planning things out as I do, you’ve thought of several scenarios of how things can end up. By doing this you’ve planned for at least some of the “unexpected” challenges that come along and try to mess up your plans. Yes, it’s good to have a plan that you know will work, but it’s also good to have a plan that factors in challenges and changes.
Have you been waiting for something in your business? Why are you waiting? I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights, share them below.