If you don’t know where you’re going…you might not get there. ~ Yogi Berra
Recently I walked a labyrinth. I don’t do this regularly. But I was attending a silent weekend Buddhist retreat and outside the retreat center was a large labyrinth.
You can find business lessons almost anywhere.
I became aware that walking the labyrinth was akin to establishing and running a successful personal history business. There is a beginning with all the anticipation of the journey ahead. And there’s an end goal of a flourishing business. And the distance between these two points is not a straight line but a series of intricate interconnecting paths.
What does a labyrinth have to teach us about running a successful personal history business?
Have a plan
You need to know where you’re going and how to get there.
In a labyrinth, just as you’re about to reach your destination, the path veers off and you find yourself moving away. But you trust if you keep following it, you’ll eventually reach your goal. And you do.
Similarly, in your personal history business you need to have a clearly marked path. It starts with having in place a workable business plan that will give you confidence to get through through the inevitable twists and turns your business will take.
Don’t give up
Like the twisting path of the labyrinth, you’ll encounter setbacks in your business. It’s easy to get discouraged. But if you have a solid business plan and are committed to reaching your goal, then you’ll be encouraged to continue, knowing that success can be yours.
Take time for reflection
Walking a labyrinth is in part an exercise in reflection. The mind is focused on the path, allowing some of the busyness of your life to settle. You can see more clearly.
Running your personal history business can seem overwhelming at times. There’s so much to do and so little time to do it. But successful business owners take time to examine where their company has been, where it’s going, and what changes need to be made to keep on track.
Make time to reflect on the health of your business.
Having a sound and wise path to follow in life and in business is the trick to happiness. There is no one path. You’ll need to determine what’s right for you. Once you’ve chosen your path, set out with joy, courage, and humbleness.
And remember what Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going…you might not get there.“
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