A year ago we had challenges.
But we also laughed out loud at cookouts and hugged our friends, shopped and went to school and never once wondered if the air was safe to breathe.
Now people are dying, going to a job is risky, and businesses are failing.
It’s another world, isn’t it?
The thing is, this nightmare will end. It will turn around.
And when it does, there will be people who flourish, and people who falter. It happens every time there’s any kind of crash. Some pick up the pieces and build anew, and some stay crushed.
What differentiates the phoenix from the char?
I’m only in my 50’s, so I didn’t live through what happened after the last epidemic 100 years ago. But here’s what I know about surviving and thriving in the everyday trauma that is business.
1. If you are extremely adaptable, you will do better than those who live in the past.
2. Knowing and relying on your strengths gives you a head start. Be more you.
3. “I just want to make more money” doesn’t motivate anyone to support you, but being of service, knowing your Big Why, and clearly stating, “I want to solve X problem for Y people by offering Z” will.
4. Going it alone limits creativity. Plus, it’s lonely and not as much fun as dynamic collaboration.
5. Gratitude is the most attractive attitude. Enthusiasm is next. Give back generously. Mentor others, and bring them along as you grow.
6. There is zero excuse to not have a robust online presence. Those days are over. Embrace technology that helps you share ideas, understand more, and reach your customers.
7. Chronic fear is a killer. Kills dreams, kills creativity, kills possibility. Useful fear gets you out of the way of the bus, but chronic fear, worry, anxiety, is an unproductive loop that siphons off energy and drains away possibility.
8. You have to take care of yourself first, so you can usefully help others.
9. Laughter and friendship, support from colleagues, and a safe place to experiment with new ideas, all foster growth and create the perfect environment for success. For flourishing.
We can do all these things now, even in this mess, so we’re in the best possible position for tomorrow.
I invite you to our conversation about Prosperity (or Flourishing or Succeeding, or Thriving, or Storming, or Blooming, or Crushing).
Are you flourishing? succeeding? thriving?
Do you have enough free time, support, self-care, good work to do, health, and financial resources to have peace of mind on a daily basis?
Are you being the living example you want to be, for your children and friends?
My #3 from the above list? It’s about you:
I want to help entrepreneurs (and potential entrepreneurs) earn a profitable, ethical online income by helping you choose your next step forward.
Join us for this conversation. It’s a solid next step.
After you register (here), send me an email Lisa <at> ZSeekers <dot> com, and tell me how your business is doing. How are you personally doing? Honestly, I want to know.
(Oh, and, when you go to register, don’t let his slick-looking suit put you off. when you hear more about where he started from, his gut-wrenching childhood and his escape from bleakest poverty and abuse, you’ll understand. He’s just like us inside.)
Lisa Johnson, Seeker