We all know someone who recently lost a job or who is struggling with their business. The economy is tough today. Sales are down, credit is tight, budgets are being slashed, and jobs are being cut. We’ve all been affected. It’s just reality. And while we can’t control Wall Street, the only thing we can control is how we react to what’s going on.
If we fear, we crawl out of bed anxious, worrisome, and focus on what we don’t have. We become strangled with doubt. Doubt prevents us from moving forward and kills performance which eventually leads to failure.
If we lead, we jump out of bed, acknowledge our fear (hey, it’s normal to be afraid when adversity strikes!), and then give thanks for what we have. We gather our resources, plan the day, and then take action. We focus on doing, not doubting – on performance, not philosophy. We understand that we’re in control and are ultimately responsible for results.
Here’s the question you have to ask yourself during adverse conditions: Will you fear or lead?
In turbulent times like today, we have to be warriors, not worriers. Warriors confront the reality of their fears, and then lead by taking action.
In business, attitude alone won’t get you to move. Yes it’s important, but ultimately you have to take action for change to occur. I know it can be overwhelming and it isn’t easy. But let’s face it; the greatest results in business often require the greatest effort and risk.
I want to emphasize that being a modern day warrior isn’t about combat. It’s about commitment, courage, and accountability. It’s about fighting for a cause that means something. Warriors fight for those they serve, but they also fight for freedom, peace, family, and love. Warriors work. They plan and train with discipline and intensity and put forth the effort so that they never have to go to battle.
Most importantly, warriors are a beacon of hope for those in need. Warriors are your friends who refer business to you, who share their best practices, give feedback on your sales performance, and who take your keys when you’ve been drinking. They give their love and advice freely, but also help you be accountable to the most important person in your life…yourself!
Warriors will do what it takes to help you turn your fear into courage.
Warriors want you to win.
As we deal in these uncertain economic times, I would ask you to lead rather than fear. Be thankful for the warriors in your life who fight the good fight and who give you the courage to move forward fearlessly.
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