Meeting business challenges successfully requires the same tools necessary for meeting the challenges of our relationships successfully. Things are relatively easy when all goes according to plan. Business is humming along and we feel emotionally in synch with our partner. When things do not go according to plan, however, the sea of emotions begin to churn and, if left unchecked, wrecks havoc in our business and our romantic relationship.
As we all know, the only thing in life – and business – we can count on is change. Following are 3 secrets guaranteed to help you survive and thrive when your business and relationships do not go according to plan and change comes upon you with a vengeance!
- Commitment – your sense of commitment to your business and your intimate relationship must not falter. All businesses go through challenging times, just as all relationships have their ups and downs. During the difficult times is when your commitment and belief in your business and your relationship must not falter. It is easy to be committed to something when things are going smoothly, but real commitment is tested when things are not going according to plan. When things are difficult, being steadfast in your heart and mind to your business and your relationship will be key to weathering these difficult times.
- Communication – the ability to effectively communicate is perhaps never more essential than during stormy times – in business and your romantic relationships. Clear, effective communication with clients, partners etc., will be the cornerstone for navigating yourself out of stormy seas. New strategies can be developed for your business, and compromise and negotiation can be reached in your relationship, only through effective communication. The stormier the challenge, the more imperative effective communication will be.
- Flexibility – being able to go with the flow is essential during difficult times in business and your relationship. Flexibility will allow you to bend – not break with the winds of change. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again – expecting different results. When your business faces challenges, flexibility allows you to think outside the box to come up with new strategies and solutions. In your romantic relationships, flexibility allows you to let go of stubbornness and a refusal to do things differently, and search for solutions that work for both you and your partner.
Since business and relationships will inevitably face challenges, often during the most inopportune time, the key to successfully facing these challenges lies in your commitment to your business and your relationship, your ability to effectively communicate, and flexibility in your perspective and action.
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