Setback? Or Speed Bump?

How do you know if you are facing a setback and how is it different than just a speed bump?

I know that every journey you will see the ebbs and flows of what this life will thrown at you. I am seeing it in the companies I am leading and I am seeing it in my personal life. There is one thing that I am guilty of, and I pointed it out at a meeting I attended today, that a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners show a penchant for:

I love the “start of things”.

The energy it takes to start a business, the chemistry it takes to start a relationship, the courage it takes to embark on an adventure. I love all of those things.

But when the energy begins to run out of the bottom of things and I am left with the grind — I think that is where the discipline of commitment comes in. I think that type of discipline is like a muscle — it needs to be exercised and conditioned so that when called upon, I know it (and I) can be counted on.

I know I am not going to quit, but how does one know when something is just a speed bump and how does one delineate those from a true setback?

I suppose a set of speed bumps are there to make you slow down — take pause right? The speed bumps in my neighborhood are placed every so often so that cars are required to slow down approximately every 500 ft. There are natural speedbumps in every business, every relationship, every stage of life. If not, we would burn out — we would create something unsustainable.

Setback are probably more like detours. I moved to Charlotte, NC nearly two years ago and while we enjoy not having to worry about every named storm in the Atlantic during the summer (like we did in the SC lowcountry), the flash flood warnings on my phone are wildly irritating. I suppose if one ever did sweep through our area, there would be detours. A change of direction or path. An adjustment of course. Maybe even a long delay that would test one’s patience.

Recognizing each for what it is will take patience and a good dose of perspective. I have a little bit of both and look to gain more each day. Luckily, I can use the patience and perspective of those around me to navigate the obstacles in front of me, and forget those I have already passed.

michael aldea go left marketing imageJan Michael Aldea is a jack of all trades finally making good at being well rounded. His background in marketing, consulting, business coaching & training, real estate, fitness, parenthood, marriage, and life makes Michael ill equipped to be in a cubicle, but very equipped to help transform people and companies one (sometimes humorously awkward) step at a time. He is the president and director of business development for Go Left Marketing based out of Charlotte, NC.

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