In business, especially during the early days as a consultant, you will face challenges. What you go up against won't always be comfortable.I go for about 10km each time. I don't consider myself a 'runner', as most of the runs I do at the gym every day are only 15 minutes - which at the pace I run gets a nice sweat going. However, there is something about getting out into the sunshine, music playing and running along the ocean - it's a great feeling. The other day while running I almost fell down. (There is a business lesson here that applies directly to consultants, so stay with me...) As I was running I started to get some pain in my knee. I get it from time to time, and it's one of the reasons I've never got "fully into running." I slowed my pace a bit hoping that it would ease. A couple minutes later the discomfort was still there... As I continued to run my knee felt as if it would give out on me. Now I had to make a choice. I could stop running and walk back. Take a break and try to stretch it out and see if that would help, or I could adjust my pace as needed and try to keep going. As all this was going through my mind I couldn't help but think how similar this situation was to what I see many business owners experience. My decision: I kept running. Varying my pace to adjust for how my knee felt. I wasn't comfortable the whole time. But knowing that I was committed to finishing what I started, allowed me to enjoy the run (even with the discomfort at times).
In fact, you should prepare for the uncomfortable.Near the end of my 10kms I run over a bridge that connects downtown to the rest of the city. As I reached the highest point on the bridge and started running down the slight decline I noticed that the pain in my knee had disappeared. I picked up the pace and ended my run in good form. It felt great. In business, especially during the early days as a consultant, you will face challenges. What you go up against won't always be comfortable. In fact, you should prepare for the uncomfortable. One of the biggest factors that separates those that are successful in business and those that are not, is that willingness to keep going when times are tough. Business is not always easy. It's not always fun. It's not always profitable. These things can take time to achieve. As long as you commit to seeking the right resources, attaining the right knowledge and training, and take a flexible approach to continuously making improvements...and keep pushing forward during the challenging times - you will succeed. Seize the day!