Entrepreneurs must expect the unexpected. In fact, if you own a business you would be wise to assume that your plans will regularly be disrupted and you will be confronted with surprise situations that require you be flexible and creative.
The only thing we know for sure is that change happens. As humans we love to create a false sense of security by creating plans and structures and outlines and routines. The reality is that in a moment, it can all shift when the unexpected occurs. This is not to say that we leave our success completely up to fate and the winds of change. Instead we must build our authentic business structure as a strong foundation, solid in values and intention and clear in messaging and impact. Our foundation is then able to withstand shifting winds and unexpected occurrences.
From a psychological perspective, when we prepare the foundations of our business in such a manner and prepare in our minds for the reality of the unexpected, we are not as easily thrown off course or rattled emotionally. Setting up an expectation of the unexpected and trusting deep within your core that you can “always figure it out”, brings a great sense of comfort to your business and your life in general.
Last week my husband and I decided to pull our 13 year old child out of school for 3/5 of the school week. Thus she is now attending school only two days per week and is home schooling with me for the other three days. This unexpected shift in our family arrangements came at a time that I had set aside in my mind as a solid, uninterrupted two months of intense production within my business, prior to summer vacation. Now it is a completely different structure. What Now?
Suffice it to say that we are figuring it out.
Know that I’ve had to rethink the flow and energy of my entire week – moment by moment and day by day.
My foundation is solid. I know my core values, my expertise, the problems I solve for others and the unique nature of the solutions I provide. I’m aware of my passions and my focus on Time-By-Design and Impact for others. From this launch point I can weather this massive shift in our family life and in my business life too (since the time I now have available for my work has changed dramatically).
Because of the strength of my foundation, I have already found blessings within the change rather than being knocked completely off my center. My focused time must be more succinct, efficient and effective. Networking and joint venture creation has to be highly targeted with pin pointed goals and objectives. For the first time in a long time, I have to outline my own production schedule to align with our home schooling time, rather than the more free form way I prefer to do things.
In a recent speech at Westminster College – Gore School of Business – I mentioned that Moms make great entrepreneurs because they are skilled at expecting the unexpected and punting whenever necessary. All entrepreneurs must expect the unexpected and be able to develop their responses to it from the launch point of a their solid business foundation.