As entrepreneurs, we frequently have to get out of our comfort zones in order to truly grow our business. It might be something simple like going to a networking meeting that we are nervous about or following up with a prospect on the phone. On the other hand, it could be something bigger, like being bold enough to create a video series. Many people are hesitant to do these things because they worry that they may be judged, hear the word “no”, embarrass themselves and/or a whole litany of other beliefs. These circumstances provide the perfect opportunity to reflect and find the beliefs that are creating limiting thoughts and move beyond them.
Other personal growth opportunities come when our businesses are experiencing a down cycle. I’ve seen many entrepreneurs think this is the time to throw in the towel and run back to the safety of a job. It may be for some, but maybe instead, it is the perfect time to really dig in and see what you are made of and quite possibly release beliefs about “failure.” Possibly you need to tweak your business so that the market more readily embraces your product or service, maybe you need to shift your marketing, or maybe you need a coach to help you see something you don’t see.
The one thing I’ve noticed from the ups and downs is that the length of the down period is controllable by attitude, tenacity, action and determination to uncover the learning.
I hope that you find inspiration, motivation and knowledge from the articles in this issue and don’t forget to take advantage of the links provided.