15 Oct 2020

Enjoying the Roller Coaster of Business Starts with Staying on the Ride

Owning a business is always a roller coaster. If you push forward, there will be hair-flying-back, screaming in excitement moments, but there are also a LOT of hills to climb first and, let’s face it, along the way. From the first lift hill with the anticipation of a big drop, to the little stomach-dropping bumps in the middle, to the slowing hill pulling back into the station, those climbs help define what makes a coaster a hallmark thrill ride.

But what if you never made it through the first lift? What if, half way up, the chain lift decided pulling your car up the track was just too hard? What if you were in that first car, hanging over the edge and the operator had to pull the emergency switch to stop the ride?

Spoiler alert. You’d be back working for someone else.

If you want to be able to enjoy the roller coaster of owning a business, you have to have persistence. You have to know that there will be great – and terrible – days ahead and then plan, address, recover and push forward accordingly. You have to be able to see the fun in your future and to swallow your fear as you climb that first hill, even when it’s really tough. This comes down to something you’ve heard from us time and time again: Mindset. Check out this blog for more on that.

Of course persistence doesn’t stop with the hills – you also need it to get through the vertical drops and loops. Even when times are great and you’re barreling forward with no stops in your future, you have to have the growth mindset to focus on strategy, growth, systems, marketing and all the things that will keep you moving forward when you reach the next hill.

Just remember that you don’t have to ride the roller coaster alone – even the most dedicated thrill seekers travel with buddies! If you could use someone to help you on your journey, it might be time to find your local Growth Coach: https://www.thegrowthcoach.com/find-a-coach.

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