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Are Challenges Part of Your Game Plan?


“Looks like you’re having some business challenges.” she said with a note of concern that bordered on pity.

“Of course I’m having challenges,” I replied. “If I weren’t having challenges, I wouldn’t be trying, daring, risking and growing.”

She then looked at me as if I’d lost my mind.

I totally get it. There was a time when I thought there was a destination I could reach in my business when all challenges would stop. Suddenly everything would just work successfully all the time. Being plagued with challenges would become a thing of the past.

Here’s what I now know: that destination doesn’t exist.

If the challenges stop, one of two things has happened. 1) I’ve gotten really lazy and think I don’t need to keep trying fresh approaches, learn new stuff, and pushing to be better or 2) I’m dead.

Those are the only routes that lead to no challenges. Quite frankly, I’m not interested in either one.

So instead of being surprised by challenges and bemoaning the fact that they exist, I now just build them into my game plan. I expect them to come. I expect to dedicate resources to dealing with them. I expect them to be as much a part of my business as clients and cash flow.

And because I expect them and don’t get caught off guard when they show up, my energy isn’t sapped getting flustered and frustrated (or as they say in the tiny town where I grew up “flustrated”.) Rather, I can calmly access the challenge and quickly choose the best solution. All in a matter of minutes most of the time.

So, what would it be like to make challenges part of YOUR game plan?

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