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Giving Up What You Know
What if what you "know" about running your business is the very thing that gets in the way of sustaining your business?
Every time I hear the words " I know " come out of my mouth I'm instantly aware that I'm no longer thinking from a fresh view or new strategy I'm coming from the past.
Why can this actually hurt your business? If you become resistant to change or new ideas because of what you know, then you have now shut down all new possibilities and opportunities for growth. This might look like networking with the same types of people because your use to whom you know which can exhaust your resources as well as your patience. Limiting your ideas to what worked in the past, because you know they work which provides a false sense of security. Lastly, using the fear excuse of "I know this will fail so I'd rather not look bad" keep you from venturing outside the box. All of these known reasons at one time or another keep us ALL trapped and stuck.
Once the motivation starts to waiver, then attitude does and before you know it you can be resigned and surviving your business instead of thriving. It's not in having clients, or having a business that really makes a difference as much as how you’re being with your clients and business. Attitude is everything, and once you decide to know how to be.. well then you have just limited yourself.
Knowledge is a great resource, we go to school to get educated and trained in our professions, gain business tools, even how to consult our clients. We rely on what we learn to increase our sales, attract business, and keep sustaining us. Even though it's necessary it can at the same time keep us from creating new pathways which can in fact serve us financially and socially. I love this passage that came out of a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz, Beyond Fear. “Trying to know everything is what holds back our progress toward Heaven on Earth. Wisdom leads us forward. Once you let go of knowledge, you have nothing left to defend. Everyone's truth becomes valid. This is wisdom."
Having the wisdom to run a successful business is very different than knowing how to.
If you notice that your business has been decreasing, or you’re no longer as alive or present as you were when you first began. It might be that you have fallen into the " I know " what to do, or I know how to run this business, or I know it will get better, or whatever you tell yourself that you know, to get through. Then it might be time to start asking yourself some new questions.
Try these on...
What is it I don't know about my business?
What is it I don't know about my clients?
What is it that I don't know about my business that drives me?
What don’t I know about being a business owner?
What fears get in the way that I don't know about?
What is a new way of me being in my business that I never knew?
What is getting in the way of my success that I don't know?
This inquiry can make a huge difference in seeing yourself and your business from a different perspective. What is wonderful about discovering the unknown is now anything is possible. Have fun and see what new ideas pop up that you didn't know.
Learn more about the author, Sammie Hayes.
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