I'm focusing a lot of time at the moment on the blog talking about change. Why is that?
As a small business owner or an entrepreneur, change will be part of your life, its inevitable. When I first started my own business back in 2002 it was a shock to the system to be facing changes and challenges so frequently. For some reason I thought it would be like an employee, having stability and small challenges along the way.
I had to embrace change very early on and either decide it was going to be my ally to help me and my business or something to fear. I took the former option which is partly why 16 years later I'm still in business.
I work weekly with my clients helping and supporting them through the business success dojo club to embrace and welcome change as it actually brings us much more as business owners than just having overcome an obstacle or challenge.
Taking time to focus on the positive and finding the good in change is yet another strategy that can help you to better deal with business challenges. Let me show you some ways that can happen.
Discover Your Strengths
With change comes adaptability. We need to adapt in order to roll with the punches. You'll soon discover some ofyour greatest strengths as you figure out how to handle what's in your path.
Perhaps you're more creative than you realized when you did your brainstorming activity. Maybe you find out just how reliable a network you have who have rallied around to support and help you. You may have had to make some cold calls or contact people you were putting off (because it was a job you thought you wouldn't enjoy) but having done it you realise you have a real flare for it.
Change can really bring out the best in us.
Become More Resilient
Another quality you may not have realized you possessed is resiliency. A resilient person gets back up when life knocks them down. Often, we have no choice but to keep going and not give up. Adversity can truly show you your potential to bounce back.
Resilience is much bigger than just a paragraph in a blog post but it's truly something that most small business owners will have even if up to this point its been an untapped resource. When we recognise it exists in almost every business owner then we can really start to build our courage, as we know that our resilience will allow us to become braver and face almost anything business and life throws our way.
Learn Something New
There are times in which change requires you to learn something completely new to you. This type of personal development is invaluable. Gaining new skills or discovering unknown personality traits is always welcome. If you know our story then you will not be surprised to know it was during a particularly tough time in business in the early 2000's that due to a change ie the recession we had to learn how to market more effectively. This skill lead us onto our onlinevisibilityacademy.com business and more recently the launch of the Dojo club. At the time it seemed like a real uphill battle, but we will forever be grateful that the tough times made us realise we were pretty good at marketing small businesses, and that opened up new opportunities for us.
All of the above are byproducts of change that can lead to a tremendous boost in self-confidence for you. When you handle a big change like a boss, you can't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Discovering just how strong, resilient, smart, innovative and creative you can be brings with it a tremendous feeling of achievement like no other.
Finally, change sometimes requires us to completely change direction… There are some business events that are so big that they will never leave you the same. And that can be okay. In fact, it can be absolutely amazing in some cases. When something happens that causes you to do a complete turnaround without your consent, it can leave you feeling powerless. Turn that feeling around by considering the ways you can adapt to this and make it work to your advantage.
Unexpected change is often the kick in the backside we actually needed to move to the next stage of business.
Going back to my story, if it hadn't been for my ruptured appendix I may still be running a transport business instead of running the Dojo Club and the Online visibility Academy which we love and enjoy doing.
While all of these things may not apply to your situation, I hope you can at least see what reframing the idea of change can do for your outlook. By altering the way you look at your circumstances, you can move forward in a more positive way.
To Your Success
P.S If you'd like to be surrounded by people who will help you transition the changes check out the Business Success Dojo.