|I had a couple of big disappointments in the last week. I guess it’s a natural part of my kind of business, but still, it gets me down.In a way, today’s rainy weather reflects and reinforces my internal mood.
But here’s the thing: That rain is so welcome, because it’s finally going to kick off the spring growth! And it’s a welcome break from the unseasonable heat and dryness we’ve been having for many weeks.
I try to look at disappointments in my business in a similar light. First, any failure is always an opportunity to learn and grow. And, in fact, I AM learning from these experiences. Every interaction I have with someone, no matter the outcome, is a chance for me to learn what works and what doesn’t.
Second, these “failures” are laying a basis for future success. In the same way that rain nourishes the soil, a proposal which results in a NO is still advancing the relationship. It’s not uncommon for me to give a proposal to someone, then have me contact me months later for another discussion which is more likely to result in success.
And I have to remember my long term goal: To build a thriving coaching business which makes deep and lasting improvements for my clients.
When that happens, and it does, it makes all the struggles worthwhile.
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.Connect with Carl on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get timely updates and connections to a broader range of professionals.|
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