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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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Happy Bosses Day- first day of being my own boss

Today was my first day being an entrepreneur and creating my own business.  Started my day as a mom making breakfast for my son (I have not done this in 12 years) and finding medicine for my poor husband.  Then jumped in on checking on my emails, seeing if there were sales with the Chloe + Isabel site, and organizing my calendars (white board, monthly planner, and electronic).  Right now, I’m listening to a training on the John Maxwell Team site while writing this blog and organizing my home office. Yes, I am a serial multi-tasking madwoman.

I wanted to do something a little different today – making sure my son was fed before going to school and not wasting my life in 1 to 1 1/2 hours of traffic going to an office.  I also wanted to something similar to a work day – review, build, and plan. I have had this practice since I started working at 15 years old at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.  I forgot the wonderful woman’s name that mentored me in that office but I still make awesome office coffee and seal multiple envelopes at the same time.

If anyone is interested, I will start a Zoom virtual workshop on achieving your dreams. Please email me: bambooshoothi@gmail.com.

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