Articles Tagged ‘Overcoming business challenges’

It is Often Adversity that Propels Us Forward In Our Life and Our Business

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I have noticed a common theme among members of my network as well as my clients in the last couple of weeks. They are facing adversity and challenges all around them and they are finding it difficult to remain positive in their lives and in their businesses. Sound familiar?

Take a moment each day to reflect and remember, we only grow when we are going through trial and tribulation. It is this growth that allows us to become a stronger woman, a better mom, a savvy business owner. When we embrace the challenges and have gratitude for the learning opportunity presented to us, then we are able to teach others what we learned, there by fulfilling our potential and our purpose.
Whether the challenge is in your personal life or your professional life, it is still an opportunity for you to become stronger and wiser in both areas. Here is a helpful tip; find yourself a Journal and everyday jot down 5-10 things that you are grateful for, including what you are learning from the challenges in your life. It is hard to be negative when we are being grateful.

Hazel Walker
Referral Institute, llc
BNI
hazel@bni.com

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Go Simple

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Many times in life, we face challenges that we perceive as very BIG problems. The reality, in almost every case, is that the challenge consists of little problems we have “gobbed” together to make one gigantic problem.

Even if your challenge is cancer – it’s not just one problem, but many. It’s obviously a health problem, but it’s also a time problem, a job problem, an extra income problem, a on-going health care problem, a second opinion problem, a working from home problem, a driving solo problem, a taking care of the kids problem and so on.

My point – it is a lot of little problems. Like all obstacles in our lives, they can be addressed. You can come up with a solution, or at least a new found perception of the challenge you face. Ultimately, what you learn in the pursuit to fix these little problems can make your life better than when the big problem first beset you.

I have been lucky to spend time with amazing people who have survived cancer. They have shared with me how having the disease forced them to fix so many problems in their lives. They actually said to me that it was truly the best thing that ever happened to them.

For me, the early failures in starting small businesses have allowed me the tools to break down every obstacle I now face. My previous downfall – I repeatedly looked at each setback as one enormous problem. Now, I help others as a coach, consultant and advisor by teaching them how to “Go Simple.”

Bigger is Not Better

Simplify the big problem into a lot of small problems. Create a list. Start by writing down the big-picture. Then, begin to grow your list by adding the small stressors that may arise from the initial problem. Next, start addressing each of them – one by one. What happens next? You begin to scratch one problem after the other off your list. You catch a break, obtain some momentum and then as the smaller problems begin to disappear what seemed impossible at first now seems almost trivial.

Here is a great illustration of this “Go Simple” approach utilized during the Delta and Northwest merger.

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