One advantage to being in business for a couple of decades is learning that even in the bleakest moments, there is hope for a better future.
I will never forget the economic crash in 2000, when I was working inside startups and technology companies in Silicon Valley. There were so many years of riding high that we were all a bit drunk on ourselves and the economy.
When it corrected (as it always does), for the first few weeks, it felt very terrifying. Then I realized that despite some clients cutting back projects or laying off workers, that others were continuing to do business, and still needed help running the human side of their business.
Part of my job as a coach is holding space for my clients’ rough spots, the time in their growth stage when it feels like they are riding a dragon while fighting off attackers mid-flight (metaphorically, of course). It is HARD to grow. But when you do meaningful, transformative work, focused on what you can control, despite the external circumstances, the hard times never last.
And because you are super consistent, your body of work will build over the year and the decade, into something that makes a true difference in the lives and systems you care about changing.
What if there is a recession?
What if there is? When faced with the “will there be, won’t there be, when will there be” discussions about the recession, do you know what most people do?
All that does is cement an overwhelming feeling of dread, and slow down your creativity and enthusiasm for building your business.
Seed like crazy
Remember those clients you are eager to work with? That website you have been meaning to build? That book proposal you have been meaning to finish?
Now is the time to activate that work.
Now is the time, no matter what is happening, because the way you will insulate yourself from twists and turns in the economy is to develop consistent habits of expanding your markets and generating new opportunities.
Focus on what you can control
I can never promise that your new program will sell.
Nor that a publisher will buy your book.
But what I can promise is that you will have a much better chance at doing either if you build what you can right now, despite imperfect circumstances.
Why it matters
When we look back at this time in our history, we will see it for what it is: a major fork in the road where we get to decide if we will live with fear and despair, or if we pick up our skills, talents and will and build a more stable, equitable and sustainable world.
I don’t have a lot of stomach or patience for sitting around lamenting about what we have become.
We are how we show up every day.
In our work.
In our relationships.
In our community.
In our shared systems.
I know that many of you are working on things that will make this world a better place for me, my family and future generations. Thank you!
I will show up and do my work, and never, ever lose faith in your ability to do yours.
Together, we can and will make a change.
Let’s make 2020 the year we activate our heart, soul and community.
Onward into a new decade!