I started my Monday morning by interviewing a new prospective client. An hour into the interview he was still telling me all the great things his business has done in the past. My question was “what is your biggest issue in business today?” and he was unable to let go of his past business achievements.
By focusing on the past, he is unable to unlock his future and thus his potential is stuck somewhere back in time.
All of us wish that we had done something different with our businesses; perhaps not risking a new venture or not adding product or service. The regret could also go another way. Perhaps there is something we should not have done. Thus we live in the past, either looking back on our achievements or regretting not having done something.
Being blunt, if you can’t let go of the past, there is no future. When the past starts coming back and dominating your mind, it’s time to start a difficult, regimented process. That involves starting with a blank sheet of paper and developing a new way of looking at your business. It requires starting your existing business all over again. Yes, we look at the past by listing everything that has happened and then I have a symbolic burning of the past and a new plan is started.
Getting to a new point in your life is a difficult process. It takes time, accountability and a clear vision of what you want your life and business life to look like in the future. The following are a few simple rules to follow:
- Make a commitment to change your life (it starts with the owner then carries over to the business)
- Design a detailed plan for your future; don’t fly by ”the seat of your pants.”
- Be passionate about your work
- Practice visualizing your future success and create accountability by sharing your vision with others.
Of all the addictions that I have encountered in my 25-plus years as a mentor/coach the most detrimental one to business growth is living in the past. A personal realization that future success can only happen if you live in the present and pay attention to the areas in your personal life and business life that need to be repaired.
Negative self-talk is the equivalent of letting a drunk monkey loose in your kitchen. In the end, all you’re left with is one big mess. Dr. Jose Silva
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