Business Lessons from a 4-Legged Guru
Sometimes the simplest things can be such great teachers.
I’ve been learning quite a bit from my dog lately. Or more specifically how I am being with my dog.
They’re such great teachers, often in ways that are different from human children, and in others just the same. I suspect.
The other day I was rushing to get home from an appointment (remember those?!) because it was time for my little man to go out. On the way I had to grab some food for him too so that increased my urgency to get all the things done.
My concern was that I would be stopped for speeding and I’d say: But officer, my puppy has to go poo-poo!, which made me giggle.
I started to notice all the time I spend nurturing and thinking about my dog. How much time in each day planning and being sure he’s got what he needs. Then multiply that by 24 years since I had my last fur-baby, not even counting the pups before that….
WOW!! That’s a lot of time!
Of course its all been worth it cuz I love my babies, but man…do you have someone or something you care for this much? Probably. If you have kids, I’m sure you must relate.
Then my thoughts turned to my work life.
Wondering and noticing the ways I do (or don’t) nurture my business. Love on it. Plan and dream about it. Sending it the kind of care I extend to my pets.
For a very long time I would mostly notice when things went wrong. Which isn’t very kind or nurturing to me or the business.
Then I’d punish myself in some way. It was like putting the dog’s nose in ‘it’ when he didn’t make it outside as a pup. Maybe it was useful for training but long term, it wasn’t a great strategy IF that wasn’t paired with some positive behavior when things went right.
But I left that part out.
Some nights I would go to bed recalling what didn’t get done, where I was failing (IMO) or what could have gone better. Okay, most nights.
And this isn’t even including not taking care of me, the biggest asset the business has! Not eating well, or getting outside, or whatever… the list is quite long. You have yours too yes?
Then I started an experiment.
I’d catch myself doing ‘well’… celebrating any win at the end of the day. Amplifying the good, just like we’d do with a child who ate their peas. YAY ME!! (That’s what I’d tell myself instead). Let’s see how that shifts the energy and success rate…
It’s fascinating… because we now know that to raise your frequency and results we must shift our own inner vibration. That will effect our outer result.
And yes, it IS.
I am shifting.
Changing How I Feel.
Changing What I receive.
Altering my health.
Shifting my self image…
And healing parts of me as well.
So, I ask you…
Are you willing to consider a new way of caring for you and your work?
What would that look like?
Can you sift/add/remove ONE behavior to try it out?
How might that impact the business and your own well being long term?
As we move forward, I’d love to hear if you try this (challenge you if you please)… because as we do so we are more aware, and therefore able to make more significant changes.
This is self leadership, working smarter… and enjoying the journey just a bit more.
And perhaps one of the best outcomes… more time with my 4-legged Guru!!!
To your Unforgettable Journey,
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pss…. If you’re ready to try something new, let’s talk. My purpose in life is to make a difference for business owners and leaders. Are you my next success story?
Branding Specialist and Strategic Planner, J. Winslow brings decades of solid experience to each project and leader she interacts with. Clients range from non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to Madison Avenue Biggies including: Women’s Day Magazine, Cover Girl and Elizabeth Taylor. She also enjoys working with TEDx speakers and students ready to leverage their own brand stories. Learn more here…