This week, I want to reveal some of the challenges I’ve faced in my business.
These are the problems I will share with you because they are real and can be understood no matter where you are in business.
Let me begin this conversation by asking you a simple question: “Have any of you ever wanted the easy way out?”
You know what? As entrepreneurs, I believe we all have the same potential. This can be lonely, hard, and isolating for many, and it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
It is difficult to own your business.
Honouring your word is key to business success. As you grow your business and invest in yourself, it’s a common occurrence to sign contracts and make agreements. There will be times when it gets tricky.
It is tempting to just take the easy route. There is no easy way out. You can only do what you want!
This is what I’ve been learning in my own business. You have to be able to make the right decisions for your business as you grow it. As a coach for business, I understand what my clients want and need. I am an entrepreneur and know what’s best for my company, my team, and me. I’m one of the most intelligent people in that I work with a fantastic coach and receive excellent guidance, so my decisions don’t depend on my whims!
It’s almost unbelievable to me how many people make assumptions and the poor decisions that they make after making some difficult decisions over the past month. It’s angering because they don’t fully understand what happened and what it could mean for their business, reputation, and personal lives. Some people are quick to react and seek the easiest way out. This has many ramifications, friends.
It may feel like the best decision, at the moment, to take the easy route out. It can lead to many problems, however. It can affect:
1) YOUR INTEGRITY.
Some people opt to end their contractual agreements because of changes. People, this is your word. It’s your word, people. You have signed a contract to provide services. Now it is up to the business. If you’re not being wholly screwed around, you are the one who is screwing up. As a coach for business, I make decisions in the best interests of my clients. You don’t. You are not being honest by using “change” as an excuse to break a contract. This is true for both the contract and yourself. This is just a way to cut off your nose. This is just plain stupid.
2) YOUR REPUTATION.
People, it’s small. Many entrepreneurs coach hop – word spreads faster than you think. Do not be one of those people. Trust your coach to look out for your best interests when you hire them. You don’t see the whole picture, and you make decisions based on your emotions to get out of your contract. This is also stupid. Learn the facts.
3) YOUR BUSINESS.
People who choose to take the easy route out and then quit are the ones who lose. This can become a way of life. My coach said, “The way you do anything is how you do everything.” Take a step back and examine the reasons behind your actions. Are you embarrassed that you haven’t done the necessary work? Do you feel like it’s becoming too complex? It’s your investment. Keep it. Take responsibility for what you do and don’t do. Change does not always have to be wrong. Change can be good. Change can lead to better and bigger things. Do not always look for the negative. It will have a negative impact on your business, and it won’t be good.
Let me ask you:
HOW ARE YOU TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT?
WHAT IMPACTS WILL IT HAVE ON YOU IN THE LONG TERM?
Do you have the courage to work past the tricky parts in order to achieve what success truly means?
Pat Mussieux quickly rose to be a respected mentor for Canadian women entrepreneurs. She took her business from zero to a multi-million dollar home-based business in just four years. Her expertise in marketing, mindset, and money is a critical factor in her success.