Now you knew it, I would not be able to resist writing about the puppy. It’s like having a resident blog right in front of me. While I know it is early days – just three weeks since we got our little lad - but I can tell you I am learning a lot and much of it ties into your business too.
Same time, same place
Routine is important and especially during this house training period. Now we are doing well, but I am not sure who is training who. All I know is that there are certain times when without fail, we need to go outside. He already has his favourite spots, so we just go straight there.
Business lesson - Likewise, set routines and processes can help your business run more smoothly.
Go with the flow
Now this is a hard one for me. I am used to being in control of my time, but right now I have to confess, it just ain’t happening. It’s like having a toddler, I have to keep an eye on the little guy, so that is somewhat disruptive to the work day.
Business lesson - Flexibility is also key in running your business.
Lower my expectations
This one follows on from what I said above. I am used to accomplishing a lot, but in order to survive and still feel content about my day, I have had to drastically lower my expectations on what I will get done. If I don’t, I know I am just going to feel frustrated and annoyed with myself, and unfairly, Brodie.
Business lesson - Often when we start out in business we have unrealistic expectations of what we can achieve and the amount of business we can bring in – this is a new relationship too, so it takes time.
One for all, all for one
Now he is sleeping through the night, albeit he is up early (4.30 am), but we all go to bed and get up at the same time, as he is easily disturbed and we don’t want to make the day any longer than it already is.
Business lesson - It’s like building a team, all focused on the same shared vision. In our instance, getting some sleep.
When we go for a walk, sometimes he likes to sit and be called, and then he gallops along, tail wagging to be congratulated and we repeat the performance.
Business lesson - Something we maybe should do more often with customers – invite them to a meeting where there is no real agenda, other than getting to know them and how you can help.
He is a real snuggly guy, and often all he wants is a quick hug and stroke and he’s a happy camper.
Life lesson - Maybe we should be giving the other important people in our lives the same treatment – a few hugs and positive comments can go a long way.
I always knew this about myself, but I really thrive best when I am with people – so staying 24/7 alone with the dog has been a test, one I am not sure I passed, as I really craved company. Note to self – I need to be connected to other people.
Life lesson - Knowing yourself and your preferences helps as you grow your businesses. Our more introverted friends would probably welcome the isolation, but not me.
Know that it will get better
As he matures I know we will enjoy each other more, and I just have to wade through the tougher times to get there.
Business lesson - Similarly, sometimes you just have to barrel through the challenging times in your business, with the knowledge that better times are ahead and you just have to turn the corner.
All this from a little guy who is growing fast, just like your business can, when you pay attention and learn lessons along the way.