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Business As the Ultimate Adventure

At times, everything about running a business can feel very, very hard.

But here’s something I’ve come to accept over time and space – everything in business and in life is reconciled by a natural inner force that takes its shape, almost like geometry, based on the repetitive rhythm of how we choose to view, accept and react to the daily patterns and actions going on all around us.

There is a definable hard and easy, rigid and loose, and flow and stuck that every business develops and harmony, in all of that, comes from a place where the sum of this repetition and diversity collide.

Which is another way of saying, we can either choose to look at this business we’ve created as an awesome adventure or a remarkable imposition, but make no mistake, it’s simply a choice in how we view our life.

You can make your business fully alive by stuffing it with adventure and life or you can let it suck the life out of you – because, frankly, it’s capable of either or both.

For years I’ve relied on a simple mantra to pull me along when I don’t feel like doing something I must, or when I wonder why I have to work harder than everyone else or why I’m not making as much money as some other much more successful person – and that mantra is this – my life is an amazing adventure, my business is an amazing adventure.

Whenever I find my passion for some aspect of my business waning I can simply prompt myself with my mantra that helps me realign with the idea that everything I’m experiencing is simply part of the ride.

Don’t let the simplicity of this idea escape you. Telling yourself you can’t make it has just as much power over your ability to succeed as telling yourself you can.

The feeling of adventure has a very strong natural pull and it helps to right the feelings that everything, regardless of how you might judge it at the moment, is part of the adventure, a necessary and relevant part of your choosing.

See, that’s the trickiest part. Not only is it an adventure, it’s the adventure you’ve chosen. In moments of perfect silence and solitude you can plainly see this, but when you are out amongst the world you’ll find it harder to live the adventure day to day. To truly live, however, is to embrace your own personal adventure in the midst of those that think they know your place better than you do.

So once you accept this notion that everything going on in your life and your business is as it should be, is part of the adventure you created, you are then free to choose a different adventure or a bigger adventure if you like.

A bigger adventure calls for bigger thinking, bigger acting and more importantly bigger acceptance that everything going on is simply part of the quest.
I’m not going to suggest that they’re aren’t truly rough patches in owning a business, but I do know that you can find some peace, even in the roughest patches, when you accept that you’re simply on the adventure you signed up for.

You can always recognize a person that is alive and on an adventure – not only for the calmness and freedom they display, but in the physical character of energy and confidence they occupy

So, here’s the question you must ask yourself repeatedly – Are you on an amazing adventure?

Weekend Favs July Thirty

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr.

julien.barrier via Flickr

Good stuff I found this week:
VideoGenie – tool that simplifies the process of gathering, publishing, managing and analyzing customer videos. As long as your customers have a web cam they can submit video testimonials.

Make Google Plus Banners – this tool makes it very easy to take any image and turn it into a banner for your Google Plus profile.

ContactMe – Very simple, low cost CRM tool that is all online and integrates nicely with popular email service providers like Constant Contact.

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