Part of the point of these "long run" posts is to share something that I learned during the week without having to build a whole post around the thought. So when I was told this week that I needed to have a root canal procedure the first thing I thought was F*** this is going to suck, then I thought maybe I could use the experience for a blog post (it's weird how my mind works). I figured I'd discuss dealing with pain in a root canal and pain in building a business. However, thanks to Central Ohio Endodontics it was pretty much a non-event. Got there yesterday at 8:00 am, was out at 9:30 and everything is fine today so my pain post is out the window.
I did learn two things from the experience though.
- First, it is difficult to drink when your mouth is numb and not end up with the drink all over your shirt.
- Second, you need to "face the fear" and go forward anyway. The anticipation is usually worse than the actual event. As a business owner it important to be prepared, know what needs to be done and go. Typically things won't be as bad as you might think. Don't become paralyzed by the unknown ~ Execute!
Quick Tip: Sometimes when you are having trouble getting past the uncertainty or fear you look for anything else to focus on. For example, if you don't like to make sales calls you may procrastinate and get distracted by other, less important items on your to do list and not get to the sales call. A great way I have found to battle this is to set a side one hour when you know you are at your best (for me it is the morning) to do nothing but the most important things for your business. If you are dreading picking up the phone to make sales calls during that one hour all you would focus on is sales. Once the hour is up you can move on to other things.
Now on to this weekend's business long run. Remember these are articles that I have come across this week that would be good to look at to improve your business. Mu knee is starting to get stronger so I figure I'll bump up Saturday to 6 miles and read these posts:
Meetings Suck. But You Don’t Have To Suck At Them at Sales Crunch ~ A topic that is near and dear to my heart. An awesome infographic on how to make your meetings better.
6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers at Inc.com ~ Being strategic in your thinking is a key in moving you from being a manager to a leader and moving your company to the next level of success.
Anything Goes at Paul Evans Impact Living by 2012 Ohio Growth Summit Keynote Paul Evans ~ Great post on how to how to get to where want to be in life (Pretty cool format that is worth checking out too).
Be sure to get out and put in your mileage this weekend so you are ready for your business marathon.