When I speak to clients it seems that one of the main things that puts them off running an online business…
….is frustration when things don’t go to plan.
Well yes, life DOES get in the way of your plans.
And things don’t happen as they should
And unexpected events happen
It happens to everyone.
The only difference is how you deal with it.
I used to get really angry and frustrated when I’d mapped out a day to work on a certain project or activity and something else prevented me from doing that.
Once it was a burst water pipe.
Another time is was a designer not having a logo ready for when he guaranteed he would
And usually it’s little piddling off-putting things that need sorting before you can move forwards, like having to contact your hosting support because your site has gone down or needing to follow up a letter from the bank because an unexpected payment has gone out of your account.
But only half the time is it something do do with your business…the other half is just LIFE shoving a spanner in your plans.
But I don’t get frustrated any more.
I think that all changed when we had children.
I remember when we used to say ‘let’s go out for lunch’ and just put on our coats and go.
The the kids arrived.
Going out for lunch involved finding and opening the pram, finding coats, a nappy bag, wet wipes and some favourite toys to keep them occupied.
Then once ready, we’d need to stop just as we left the house to change a nappy that had been pooped in the very SECOND we got them in the pram and so on.
And realising that I just had to go with the flow and no matter how much I wanted to, I couldn’t make things move any faster…I slowed down myself too to enjoy it.
And it’s the same with business. I just let it flow over me and enjoy whatever I’m currently working on
But there is one secret I’ll share that helps immensely.
I don’t set dates or deadlines
I don’t do launches which means I can be flexible when I publish something new
I don’t have to worry about things being ready on a certain date
I don’t have to co-ordinate other people or deal with screaming affiliates because something has gone wrong and we can’t launch until the day after
I don’t set myself dates or deadlines if I can possibly help it…
It probably helps 🙂
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