On Saturday, my mom and I took the girls on a hike over one of the nearby hills.
Along the way, they were picking up first spring flowers, tried to guess what wild animals left footprints in the snow, and most of all, enjoyed hearing their echoing.
But something happened to my 3-year old along the way that reminded me of our life as entrepreneurs...
So, my mom and I knew where we were going and the paths we needed to take so that the little ones could conquer them with ease.
Overall, the way was not too steep, but it surely was a winding one. Lots of turns, and the girls were growing impatient. "Are we there yet?" and "We got to go all the way there?" "Mami, this is taking a while!"
At one point, we arrived to a clearing and a large field in front of us. Instead of taking the path all the way around, I suggested the to girls that they could go straight across the grass, and meet us at a particular point.
Just when we were about to arrive to the meeting point, the little one screamed. And then screamed some more...
Well, she wanted to cut the path even shorter and walked right into bushes... only to get stuck on the thorns of a black raspberry bush!
As I was hurrying to reach her while calming her down and giving her instructions, she managed to get out before I even got to her. Luckily, due to heavy winter clothes, she only got a small scratch on her hand.
But here is the thing:
How often do we, entrepreneurs, travel a path that we know we need to take in order to get to a desired result? We may even be able to see particular milestones approaching.
How often do we hire a coach, consultant, someone experienced to show us the way, to lead us, and help us accelerate the whole process?
And still, we get stuck...
Maybe it's the fear. Maybe, it's the self-doubt. Maybe, it's that bright-shiny-object strategy someone else just shared... Or a specific tactics that had worked for someone else and so we try it even though it does not quite feel right?
An experienced coach will be able to get us unstuck along the way.
But see, just as my little one untangled herself, so it is our responsibility to remain in the driving seat; it is our responsibility to do the work.
What responsibility are you taking for yourself today? Is it an action? Belief? Mindfulness?