Some Clarity of Hindsight for Entrepreneurs Creating their Dream Business and Dream Lifestyle

I woke today turning 58 years young and spent some time as I always do in prayer and reflecting on my life so far. I never have to think too long without remembering my 15 month ‘season of crisis’ – long term unemployment and cancer – and what it felt like going through it.

Hindsight is 20-20 and with a much clearer picture and understanding of what I went through, if given the choice of doing it all over again or somehow taking an easier road, I would not have changed a thing.

Let me explain.

Let’s face it, going through hard times can suck – big time! The doubt, fear, indecision, criticism, nail-biting and wondering “why me” or “when things will get better” can challenge even the toughest and most determined person.

When I emerged from my 15 month season of crisis and started my first business, I thought I was finally on the path to victory! I was an entrepreneur and I was super excited about becoming successful! Little did I know that my second season of crisis was about to emerge masked as my first year in business. It was what I now refer to as my ‘revenue free’ year!

The thoughts I remember most were, “why is this happening to me?” I thought I had everything figured out and I was working harder than I ever have in my life, so why am I going further and further into debt with each passing month? Why is my new business not working and catapulting me to success?

Success is never a straight line, and sometimes things do need tweaking with your business plan. But the lesson I learned most about that time was that obstacles and challenges are placed before us to see just how badly we want to be successful.

Are we as entrepreneurs simply talking a good game or are we also walking the talk?

Another question I kept hearing when I would be in prayer was, “What makes you think the success you desire so much should come so easily, just because you want it?!” I’m not sure, but I may have also heard some laughter in there as well!

There are many things that successful people do, here are just a few to consider:
• They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves
• They care much less about their ego than they do results
• They don’t try to please everyone
• They don’t resent other people’s success
• They don’t give up after failure
• They don’t feel entitled to anything
• They are willing to ‘push their chips in’ and bet on themselves and the future they want
• They don’t expect immediate results and about all …
• They never give up

If I can paint with a broad brush for just a minute (Hey, it is my birthday after all!) – The world is full of two kinds of people: dreamers and doers. Millions of people dream about creating a better life, but sadly, very few are willing to take the first step to make it a reality. Sadder still, even fewer are willing to stick it out and work through the inevitable challenges that will be put in their way.

This morning I saw this quote from Oprah Winfrey: “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” I really resonated with this as Stephanie and I are preparing to live out a really big dream and go on a yearlong floating adventure! If you missed this story look on my Facebook wall for a picture of a really nice boat!!

Today will be a typical work day for me – leading my Dream Business Mastermind Group Call and coaching several entrepreneurs, helping them create their Dream Businesses – and I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I am living my Dream Lifestyle.

I am grateful to celebrate 58 years and this incredibly blessed life, and I’m also grateful to celebrate 15 years as a cancer survivor. Thank you Lord, life is good indeed.

Cap't Jim Palmer, The Dream Business Coach

Cap’t Jim Palmer, best known internationally as the Dream Business Coach, is creator of the Dream Business Mastermind and Coaching Program and host of Dream Business Radio – a weekly podcast based on Jim’s smart marketing and dream business building strategies. Claim your FREE Dream Business Transformation now!

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