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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What Will You Decide When It Really Matters?

When it comes to business, it isn't always easy, in fact it can be outright hard, excrutiating and hmmmm, maybe just a tad stressful at times.

But do you have what it takes to keep going no matter what and remain focused on your final outcome? I personally was given one of the greatest challenges of my life only a year ago.

My father, aged 52 was confirmed of having a 4cm brain tumour. Within a month of discovering this news, he had had an operation and was given three months to live. He passed away four weeks later.

Not only my role model and a successful businessman, I was just not prepared to lose my father yet. Being 24 years old, I was still expecting a lot more guidance from a man that has always been like a rock in my life.

Never having had a loved one pass away before, the pain and trauma this caused was great and the challenge was upon me to get a fledgling business on its feet ( and see it go fourth into it's second year with strength and direction.

Now heading into the third year, I can safely say that I made it through the past year relatively unscathed.

So how exactly does someone who is facing possibly the greatest challenge in their life keep a business going and in fact growing against the odds?

Support! Support! Support!

Never underestimate the assistance of family, friends and business colleagues when it comes to taking your business to the next level.

Don't sit in silence, if you're stuck, you're stuck!

It's time to bring in outside help, I certainly did and I know that if I didn't I would have spiralled out of control sinking in my own silence.

This support may simply come in the form of a coffee with another business owner to share your challenges and discuss possible ways forward.

Your business colleagues are your friends and we all at one time or another must rely on each other to shine the light on our dark moments and highlight the path forward.

It is this path forward that represents the greatest opportunity for personal growth.

Now I hear business owners all the time whinging that they don't have the cashflow, don't have enough clients or aren't meeting the right people.

Stop putting your energy into whinning about your short comings and start directing your energy where it matters, the way forward! The past is in the past, look back and smile and recognise the lessons you've gained along the way but don't repeat what's already happened by bringing the past into the present moment.

You see, I had a choice when my father passed away and it was as clear as it is day. I either sit around mope and become depressed or I focus on getting the most out my of life. When the choice is that black and white it suddenly becomes simple, focus on what you want.

I've had bad days, hell I've even had bad months but I always ensured I kept pushing myself forward even when I was ready to give up.

It's important to recognise that you are a student of life, you're not always going to get it right, you're not always going to get an A+ in business but what you will get out of it at the end of the day is the satisfaction that you gave it all you could when it really mattered.

Are you in the position now where it really matters?

Now it's time for you to make your decision in black and white, you either go forward whinging about your current situation or you pick yourself up out of the gutter and go forward moulding your life to how you want it just as if it were clay in your hands.

The choice is yours!

What will you decide when it really matters?

Ben Angel is the Director & Founder of Nationwide Networking.

The Australian Small Business Blog

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