“You can’t run a business like that.” Someone once told me. This kind of challenge (I.e being told what I can’t do) seems to switch on my ‘yippee’ gene, a circuit in my brain starts buzzing and yells at me “why not?”. Then, lots of questions, doubts, negative thoughts (left brain stuff). Then perhaps, I think, “if I can’t do it like that it ain’t worth doing” , part of me might as well die because I won’t feel alive if I don’t do it.
So recognising an impending death I let go (my two favourite words), drop into a deeper expansive space and think “what if ….” (Right brain).
Then wonderful, crazy and usually very successful solutions happen. (Bye the way, this is mindfulness, just in case you ‘business’ people thought that was wishy washy rubbish)). And I might find mentors, sponsors and resources suddenly appear to support me (this is called synchronicity). Like Mrs Satir:
“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. ”
For any individual, nothing matters more than self worth. If you can give someone that (like a good parent does) you have given them the world. And if your people have that you will have an unbeatable business.
I run my business like a satir family, our people are or will be shareholders (it’s ‘ours’ not ‘mine’), I empower and step back, we accept acknowledge each others weaknesses and honour applaud strengths and use the latter to overcome the former. And, each seeing what the other yet cannot, we expect high standards of each other, raise the bar so we can leap higher than we thought possible (eriksons ‘latent potential).
So whatever is responsible for my ‘Yippee’ Gene – perhaps the local pub growing up in a working class area (the ‘Y knot’) or that vivid day 9yrs old at school given my first ever ‘project’ ( go out, read books, research, think for yourself, find out about the world … Yipppeeee went my brain!) – thank you!