Can business success lead to business failure?
Yes. I’ve allowed it to happen.
Five years removed from my time at one business, I had time to do an autopsy. Here is what I learned.
A few months ago, Chris LoCurto posted about what he calls the clarify paradox. The question he asked is:
Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful?
He then presented four stages which moderately successful business often go through:
Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.
What are you dwelling on?
I recently wrote a post on Chris LoCurto’s blog entitled, the Leader’s Prayer, my take on the Serenity Prayer for leaders. Part of the prayer calls for “Living one day at a time…”
But what does living one day at a time look like?
We choose to live in one of three time periods: the past, the present, or the future. Living one day at a time means living in the present.
Dwelling on the Past
When you dwell on the past, you are saying, “There I am…still.” You are effectively relinquishing control of your present, binding yourself to the past.
Your thoughts will center on words like:
“If I only had done that.”
“Why did I do that?”
“How did I end up here?”
Those last two questions are not inherently evil actually. More on that shortly.
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