I have a small tree in my home that has been struggling in the last year. The leaves fall off, it looks spindly no matter what I did. I gave it more water, less water, more sun, less sun, nothing seemed to make it happy again. Until recently, it occurred to me that I have never re-potted it. That lovely little tree has been in the same pot since the day it came home. I don’t know how many years ago that was, but it was awhile. And just like that, I popped it into a new pot with fresh soil. I could almost hear a little sigh of relief that it would now finally be able to grow again. I was hindering its growth by keeping it in the same small pot.
Sometimes life is like that, especially personal relationships and business relationships. We stop growing where we are planted and we need to be re-potted. I know people that have been fired from their jobs, or lost a business, that is an abrupt re-potting. I have experienced both business and personal abrupt re-potting in my own life, so I know what I am talking about. And trust me, I was one unhappy plant at the time. But I can say from my own personal experience, from each of those uncomfortable times I grew- I grew in glorious ways.
People are typically adverse to change, they get in a comfy spot and settle in. In business today that can be deadly. Words in today’s business landscape are: nimble, agile, evolving etc none of which says, “grab a blankie and nestle in”. Its hard. How can you look at your business critically and recognize where you need to grow and change. Take a hard look at the things that keep you up at night.
Here are some things to think about:
Could you focus more time on cultivating new clients, if you fired that one that drains you?
If you gave up some control and brought on a partner or investor, what could you gain?
What growth could you see if you left your first location for a new, bigger, prime location?
What could you out source so you have more time to do ” your thing”?
What do you need to learn or get better at to be more successful?
Sometimes life will change your pot, sometimes we do it for ourselves- when we decide to grow, we can do it anywhere!