Are you preventing your business from growing? Many times we stand in the way of our personal and professional growth by not addressing challenges that come our way. We dismiss them and choose to take the path of least resistance. The problem with dismissing challenges is they provide us the opportunity to grow.
Challenges give us the opportunity to see where there is a gap in our business. The gap could be in our processes, customer service, execution and delivery of service or goods, communication with others, and/or boundaries we set for ourselves. Too many times we take the easy way out and dismiss the negative feedback, the critical customer, the colleague that challenges us. We dismiss it because it makes us feel uncomfortable and we become defensive. As an entrepreneur, we do not have a manager or supervisor that will force us to address the challenge and learn from it, and so we typically walk away from the opportunity to grow.
The problem with walking away is challenges will continue to reappear in our business until we address them. Side effects of ignoring them include a decrease in sales, decrease in team morale, decrease in communication, and weakened relationships. It takes emotional maturity to suck it up and admit we were wrong, not prepared, or to go back and reset boundaries. We have to first acknowledge the weakness, decide what step(s) to take to improve the situation, and then take action. When we own the situation, our role in it, and commit to working towards a solution then we see positive results and growth personally and professionally.
We are the only ones responsible for our success and every day we make choices that move us forward or backward. Remember friends, no grit, no pearl.
*Espresso Series – Short daily opinions and thoughts about business from our founder.