So, I was told Ben was quitting, yep, he’d had enough. It was time for him to take the foot off the gas and leave ‘the baby.’ He was to walk away from the business of ten years. I asked him what had happened that would make him ‘throw in the towel?’ I simply couldn’t see theContinue reading “Bringing up baby”
Most of us remember, when children, there were times we were scared by that bump in the middle of the night. The unexpected awakening. The “Midnight Demon” seemed so real at 3:00am. He would destroy our dreams and reek havoc. I dare say that today many of us still wake up in the night with bad dreams that still involve the “Midnight Demon”. Just as when the light of day comes about and the reality of the bad dreams goes away – it is the same with the Demon, away go the issues, the problems and blockages when light is turned on him. As an adult I still think these Demons are real and effectively stand in our way of success. Although, like magic, when light is shined on our Demon we can then deal with him and I think the Demons among many of us can be described as two very different things, things that stand in the way of real potential. The first Demon can be described as fear. The fear of failure. The fear of not being perfect. The fear of the unknown. The fear of openness. The fear of … We each have our own … Fear can be terrible and it can be debilitating. Fear causes us to hesitate, it causes us to question ourselves, to have the “I need the loo now, look”. We actually become less than our true selves, we start to doubt and ask, how we achieve greatness when we are not fully engaged? How can we achieve more when we are not allowed to be ourselves? Fear stifles creativity and the best creativity is open, free, boundless and exhilarating. How can you reach your full potential when you are literally choked by the Demon fear? Courage overcomes fear. The first step in beating this Demon is shining the light of truth on him so you know he is not real. Remember the courage when you fear your Demon … The second Demon who stops us fulfilling our potential is … the excuse. The Demon becomes an excuse. He becomes the reason why people don’t ask the questions or try new things, why they stall when reaching for new heights, or even when attempting to learn new skills. In essence, excuses become crutches or the Demons who you hide behind. Greatness comes with transparency and confession at our shortcomings. Excuses are not acceptable. Self awareness and self accountability lead to courage and success. Something I have learned from my Demons? Become accountable, don’t fear mistakes or failure. Learn from them. Leave the light on.
So she said to me that really, she didn’t need to be looking for any more business and that she ‘wouldn’t be taking on any more … for a couple of months at least,’ adding she “had been fortunate enough to pick up plenty of business to … last until Christmas.” We’re still in October.Continue reading “Too busy for biz.”