Wheeee! Life can be such a rollercoaster sometimes, and especially business life, where the ups and downs often get reflected in your bank balance, the number of sales you make, or the amount of customers or clients you have.
Just as on a rollercoaster, you sometimes like the thrilling feeling, at other times it can feel dangerously close to the edge and even tip over into terror occasionally. That’s when the wheeee! turns into aaaaagh!
The intention with a rollercoaster ride of course is to experience the thrills of the ups and downs, but the trouble with experiencing your business as a ride like this is that ultimately it is exhausting (imagine being on a real rollercoaster for longer than just the usual few minutes).
It means you’ll be regularly challenged with thoughts and feelings about the state of your business at any one time, so your emotions reach highs and lows too. And of course, you never get to experience the pleasure in taking a slower, more balanced ride, not on rollercoaster tracks, but simply winding through the landscape of life, enjoying what sights, sounds, and experiences are presented to you.
I was thinking about this the other day in our Mistress Mind group, where we spend some of the time celebrating something that has happened. I realized I felt uncomfortable only celebrating the so-called ‘good’ things, which is what is traditionally thought of when the word celebration is mentioned.
For example, we tend not to celebrate divorce, but we do marriage. In business, celebration is encouraged when you sign up a new piece of work, take on a new client or increase your revenue significantly; but not at all when your sales are down one month, or a member of staff makes a mistake, or you lose clients.
In the Mistress Mind group that day, I stated I was going to celebrate mistakes as well as the so-called ‘good’ things. Continue reading