by Patricia Weber
“Plans fail for lack of counsel but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 NIV
In other words, listen for outside opportunities for best business success wisdom.
Just where does a person find those “many advisers” which Proverbs tells us?
Being the kind of introvert I am, an INTJ, sometimes ideas need to be exhausted before looking outside myself.
Regardless of an introvert or extrovert style, if you have an independent streak and high self-confidence which helped you get as far as you have in your business, sometimes a wake-up call comes from outside yourself.
We process what’s working and what’s not in different ways. In time, if any of us want to improve in any endeavor, something has to change.
How would you assess your daily activities to grow your business? Or maybe the views of your blog?
How do you evaluate the success of your business? Or the reach of your podcast?
If you do what you think you need to do and somehow keep coming up short, many it’s time to shift your focus.
Did you ever fail to recognize a miracle in an event that seemed like a disaster?
A miracle that offers you outside opportunities for best business success wisdom.
Recently in hiring a surveyor to remark property lines, he accidentally hit a pipe in our irrigation system. Once the backflow valve stopped the water from further flooding our yard, I placed a telephone call to our irrigation maintenance company. While within business hours, I was connected to voicemail.
Whoever listened to that voicemail has still not told me how either upset or annoyed I sounded, but their return call the next day introduced me to one of those many advisers to which Proverbs speaks.
While most if not all of us in business, experience setbacks, it’s how quickly we come back that comes from the best business wisdom.
In the moments after hearing learning from the surveyor of his mistake, I felt close to crying about what might be considered a minor annoyance.
Normally it would be.
But being that just the previous day I already paid for some fixes to the irrigation system; my mind and emotions were stuck in yesterday.
When I called to arrange for the repairs, the friendly appointment scheduler started off the return call with, “Boy are you lucky how and when this all happened that another customer had a similar mishap.” Because their technicians would already be in our neighborhood, we too would be on their route.
In a brief instant she, likely unknowingly, helped me to reframe more quickly the situation to be grateful for things just as they are.
It was important to listen, be present and then let things go to get to a more positive feeling.
It was a process of listening to both her words and her tone. It was reassuring to know both I would indeed get on their crowded schedule and that somehow else had a similar situation.
Being present is always easier for me first thing in the morning when she called. Still, I decided to take that 16-second meditation guided and taught by davidji.
I broke my attention on the stressful situation and was present starting with my “hello” when I answered”
Then when we had everything arranged, all the frustration seemed to dissolve. I let it all go.
If you are experiencing setbacks in your business, consider these three steps no matter what “adviser” you come across.
When your plans fail, listen, be present and let things go. Teachers, consultants, mentors – advisers for counsel show up in all ways and places. It’s all good with,
Outside Opportunities for Best Business Success Wisdom.
Patricia Weber: I understand the possible difficulty of being an introvert in business and am on a mission to build the confidence of those more introverted, with a variety of practical tools to navigate communications work and life.
Since 2007, recognized internationally, on radio and in print, for most things introvert I blog at http://patricia-weber.com Followers, who regularly comment find the messages both resonate with them and inspire them.
My recent book, Communication Toolkit for Introverts: Find your voice in everyday business situations, is something a publisher asked me to write –imagine that.
If you are fed up with the often, uncomfortable extrovert rules, or tired of being tired, be ready to be inspired.
I am NOT shy. Many introverts are not either.
My work is not my life. I have other interests, in the past: had my own Harley Davidson (FX model no longer manufactured) until I slid horizontally a few times!
That’s why now; I go along with my husband in our safer car hobby.
Also, we enjoy traveling. We go from one coast to another to have the joy of seeing my son and his family including two granddaughters. On occasion, it’s off to Europe.