Part of running and growing a small business includes having to deal with continuous challenges big and small: the printers don’t work, there was a delay in product shipment, you lose your best client, the leader of an entire division of the company resigned, you’re barely able to make payroll. The list can go on and on.
What differentiates the entrepreneurs that break through these challenges and capture success from the entrepreneurs who allow challenges to overwhelm them, cloud their mindset, and detrimentally impact their performance to lead their company?
The difference is the successful entrepreneurs have redefined their definition of what a challenge is. The successful entrepreneur embraces challenges and understands there is no escaping them in any business. A challenge shifts from a disastrous negative experience to a positive golden opportunity to receive feedback and iterate, make improvements and optimizations to systems, processes, products and services, management style, etc., to offer better service and more value to employees and clients.
Readjusting your definition of a challenge can significantly impact your company culture and create a relentless, persistent, and progressive environment for which challenges are the norm, and looked upon in a positive and constructive light.
Other tips to dealing with and breaking through challenges in business:
1) Stay focused on the “Why”
What is the deep-rooted reason for getting up everyday and doing what you do? What is your deep-rooted motivation? What are you really trying to accomplish and what is your personal reasoning behind that? Thinking about your “why” can empower and motivate you to persist, even through tough times.
2) Visualize the desired outcome
Painting a clear mental picture of your ideal outcome, like a beautiful work of art, can motivate and inspire you to overcome roadblocks in your business. You can also create a mental movie where you visualize yourself living in your accomplishments as if they were happening in present time. Visualization can also help keep you on target and focused on the positives.
3) Change the physiology to adjust the psychology
When challenges arise, if you feel any bit of stress or overwhelm, adjust your physiology – get up, take deep breaths, go for a walk outside, go to the gym, jump in the hot tub – do something immediately that will help create mental clarity and keep your mind from “thinking” yourself to death.
4) Ask a business coach or a mentor
If you are experiencing challenges in your business, there’s a great chance that somebody has helped those who have experienced these similar challenges before.
This article is written by OneCoach team.