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When the Wheels Fall Off: Dealing with Difficulty in Your Business

January 27, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Every business is going to have times where things start to fall apart. Don’t feel like you are unique. You’re going to have challenges.

I’ve dealt with many businesses and I’ve read many stories of growing challenges. Almost every business has had a time of challenge, had a time of difficulty, had a time when they honestly didn’t know if they were going to survive and make it. It’s like a great story in a movie. You have a character and then you have a conflict, then you have a resolution. This happens over and over again in the business world.

There are challenges and there are going to be difficult times. There’s going to be times when it doesn’t make sense. There’s going to be moments before the great breakthrough. What do you do in those moments of challenge? What do you do where everything seems to be going wrong? One answer is focus. You need to have focus on what you’re doing, what your key activities are, where you at, where are you going to, and how are you going to keep building the business?

One of my mentors, Joe Yazbeck, wrote No Fear Speaking ( ) tells me that the key to fixing disorder is to enforce order. I’ve listened to his words. I’ve had times where things have become disorganized and I constantly go back and try to enforce order. As I do things start to fall back into place. Things do resolve themselves. Know that you can always do an assessment and get yourself back to where you need to be.

Look back at your core mission statement. Look at your core unique selling up proposition, things we’ve talked about in earlier blogs, Refocus on building volume, on what you do best, and spend your time there and allow things to get shaped back up.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your time of disorder and difficulty maybe a time to rely more on your employees, friends, family and other resources. Bring in your team. Business is a team effort. We’ve talked about the value of having a team in earlier blogs, Now is the time to utilize that team and let it help you.

What’s been your experience with difficult times in your business? How have you responded? What have you done differently? How have you made things work? Share your thoughts on the comments below.




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