It’s Time for a Reality Check
I was talking to a client yesterday who booked an extra session to get some advice. He started with, “My business is booming. Right now I am experiencing my best month yet and, as you know, I’ve been on an exponential growth curve for the past 6 months, but every time I turn on the news my stomach tightens and I feel a crippling sense of panic about the future and I’m tempted to shut everything down.”
Let’s look at what is going on here…
- Clients are seeking him out and paying him well;
- His business growth is accelerating because the service he provides is something others need to operate in this climate;
- When he focuses on that he feels good, makes plans, and takes action;
- He turns on the news and his gut reaction is to shut everything down, lay off his staff, and hunker down.
Chris is not alone in this response to crisis and it’s not good for him, his family, his employees, or the future of our country/world!
Maybe you’re not looking at the same situation as Chris, so let’s take a moment to look at Alan. Alan has his own catering and events business, a young family, and he doesn’t (yet) qualify for any of the government support. His wife has just been laid off.
He doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do yet, but he knows that he and his wife will figure it out.
Yes, he’s prepared for some hard times.
He knows that he’ll have to put his plans on hold and he doesn’t know what he’ll do about paying his mortgage because he doesn’t know how he’s going to make any money.
He has faced his situation, crunched the numbers, and he doesn’t see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Alan has made a choice, as he put it to me…
“We’re all in the same boat and the same storm. Panic won’t get us to shore and I can’t depend on anyone else if I don’t sit down and row as hard as I can. The solution starts with me: how I invest my time and fuel my energy is crucial.”