I wanted to write a quick post about fear. Boo!
The number #1 reason most people don't try new things is fear of failiure.
The #1 reason successful people are successful is because they failed more often than unsuccessfull people. You want to succeed faster? Fail faster. Identify your #1 fear, (for me it has always been phoning people to discuss a business proposition or idea) whenever I eventually do connect and share my ideas, more than 90% of the time I succeed.
An example of feeling the fear I had is when after 10 weeks of forced rest from my business, due to a broken knee cartilage (I wasn't able to be as 'hands-on' as I had been and my business lost 80% of it's staff and the creditiors started to call, I was on a first name basis with them as we were speaking so often!) my business was spiralling out of control, but not in a good way!
I loved the brand we had created but pretty soon I had to make a decision, tough it out or shut it down. I knew the business well and knew the power of alliances and association and began searching for a new senario. I had organised one meeting with a colleague in the industry and he suggested a business that had been around for years but was a bit stagnant and we jointly met with the owner to discuss possiblities. Now around this time I had been talking with a friend about how hard it was to decided what to do with my flailing company, she suggested chanting. Yes, chanting. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo - Soka Gakkai International (SGI) I was ready to try anything so I was chanting this all over the place, on the street, on the bus, even in the bath!
One day whilst on the bus into the city, (my business was in the 'burbs') to run some errands, I had with me a plastic carry-bag with till receipts in it for the accountant which I sat on the seat next to me on the bus. Once in town, I jumped off and had a couple of chance meetings with people on the street, did my business then after an hour or so, headed to the supermarket to grab a snack. Along the way I remembered that there was a little mom and dad convieniece store down an alley so crossed over the street with a mind to spending my money with them instead of to the big supermarket. As I crossed the street, I saw the good old 'number 10' bus which would take me directly back to my neighbourhood, so I forwent the snaks for a speedy ride home. I entered the bus and made my way to my usual spot on the bus and there I saw it. The plastic bag, exactly where I left it some hours before. Sure, nothing more than a big coincidence however I took it as a sign, a signal that I was exactly where I was meant to be and doing what I was supposed to be doing, seeing and speaking with the right people at the right time.
At this moment in my life, it would have been very easy to have become depressed however I know that the difference between Joy and Depression is Purpose, and I had not only purpose but a now clear view of the right choice I had to make. The next day I announced the closure of the business and its relocation to the central business district where along with my new partners we would rebrand their old shop with my brand and merge our clienteles, tripling our staff numbers in the process. I went 'all-in' and we all won.
What's my point in sharing this story with you? There are many:
Hmmm, appears it wasn't such a quick post after all. Oh well, see you on the inside!
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