Sometimes I see something that stops me dead in my tracks, that I just simply cannot get out of my mind. A few days ago a friend shared a picture on Facebook that is stuck in my brain and in my heart, that has made me reconsider just about everything I’ve done since then from a different perspective. I’m posting the picture here so you can see it for yourself. If it jolts you the way it jolted me, maybe that’s a good thing.
Those of us who are self-employed get set into our businesses and form a perspective about ourselves, our work, and the world around us. We want to influence others through our work, to bring solutions to bear on whatever problems our customers have. We bring our perspective to their situation, as fully as we can. And when this picture etched itself on my heart it made me realize that one very valuable thing we can do for our customers is to help prevent an overreaction to the problem they have. In fact, I’d probably argue that bringing a wise perspective to the table is every bit as important as the expertise we bring to the table.
We live in a world in which bigger and grander is perceived as better. Living in that energy makes it easy for us to over react to whatever problem being a self-employed business owner brings us today, tomorrow, and the day after that. Overreaction is an emotional response, and we do it because it helps us to deal with the feelings that go along with the issue at hand. But we have to temper our emotional reactions with the wisdom of right perspective. Losing our perspective will cause us to make poor and costly decisions in our business. Losing our perspective will cause us to make things harder than they need to be. So one very helpful piece we can bring into our business and into the lives of those we serve is to keep things in perspective. Yes, the situation may be pretty bad. It might hurt our feelings and our business tremendously. It might take a long while to correct. But it will improve, hurt less financially and personally, and correct more quickly if we keep an appropriate perspective. Profitable perspective. I like that phrase! What can you do this week to keep your own perspective profitable? I’d love to hear your reaction to the picture and this post. Just leave your comment below.