business, Life

When We Let our Fire Burn Out

Has anyone ever felt stagnation in their business or complacency with growth in themselves?  Did you feel like something or someone is holding you back, but you can’t pinpoint the exact reason?  Are you part of an organization that can’t increase their members or customer base?

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A dangerous part of groupthink happens when participants say “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” When you are on your own and had a taste of success, you are overconfident. Leaders and entrepreneurs have a perilous thought that people will be trampling in to buy their products or use their services. People think that the good times will keep going and fill up the slow times. Business owners don’t understand why they did not get any new customers. Organizations and churches do not grow. I’ve been in restaurants that had long lines of people when they first opened.  The same restaurants now have a handful of customers.

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I’ve been there. I’m in it and slowly crawling out of this abyss.  I should have hustled during the good times and followed up with potential customers.  I depended on a few eggs when I should have cracked the whole dozen.  No matter how many motivational videos I look at, I need to assess quickly, plan and implement.  Challenge appears. Pivot.  Overconfidence. Reassess the plan. Stagnant growth. Create.  Being proactive is necessary. There is no down time when you are an entrepreneur.

Imagine if we had that mantra with every aspect of our life or our world?  No downtime in creating peace. No down time when we need to rid the ocean of the plastic islands forming. No downtime when we are advocating for our children’s education and safety. No downtime when we stoke our fires with our partner in life. Do not let your fire burn out.  I promise to keep mine burning.

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