In 2009 I had a new AHA experience that impacted me just about as much as any of the success principles I’ve been talking about now for the last twenty years.
A friend of mine has built more than 12 companies: 1/3 were miserable failures, 1/3 did okay, and 1/3 were multi-million dollar successes – having started from nearly nothing.
Through those experiences, he has fine-tuned a process – identified a PRINCIPLE – that governs the success of businesses and business start ups.
I sat with him a couple weeks ago, having hit a brick wall in my own world and struggling to see what I was supposed to do next.
He knew just what the problem was – I had a blind spot – and he showed it to me.
The lights went on, and I have been awestruck by what I learned that day as I sat across the table from him. I had been feeling burned out, and viewed my desire to pull back from my goals as a sign of failure. But he is a climber of Mt. Everest and explained that the climbers who charge for the top, taking the shortest route possible are often the ones who are found dead in the morning. He explained that the shortest route to success is NOT a straight line, and acclimation at each stage is critical for business longevity and overall profitability.
That’s when I realized that my gut instinct to pull back was good and right, and I was finally able to VIEW it in a positive light. The glass which seemed half-empty (“I’m failing”) now seemed half-full (“I’m acclimating”), and the result was a new positive mindset. In my new mindset, I stopped feeling like I was doing something wrong, and once again felt qualified to receive all I need for my greatest good.
Pulling back or veering away from the goal is often a sign that you’re on the RIGHT track.
This new point of view has given me permission to stop and take a breath as needed so that I can overcome adversity as it presents itself.
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