Understanding Your Business Landscape
As much as anyone would like to have full control over their lives and businesses, there is no denying the external pressures that will shape your business. Acknowledging them is one way forward in understanding the landscape in which your business exists. Navigating it is a process that requires trial and error as there is no set way to run an organization properly.
The ebbs and flows of a business come with the territory. No one can control every aspect of their business. Government policies and economic downturns can adversely affect businesses. No business exists completely in a vacuum. External pressures come from the outside and these things are outside of our control. For those who want complete control over their business, it is important to understand this.
You aren’t totally powerless, but know that you should only concentrate on the things you can control. These external pressures can also be in the form of expectations. No one is immune to comments from their family, friends, colleagues, or mentors. When you opt to do something is out of their comfort zone, or just out of the norm, there is bound to be some backlash.
It is common to find that these comments are well-meaning and from the best place in their hearts, but it can break anyone’s confidence and stir up self-doubt. Goals can feel further away and any progress made can feel minuscule when scaled to the expectations put on us. This isn’t limited to businesses. Career-focus individuals can feel constrained when they take an unconventional route.
When anyone is hyper-focused on the outcomes, it is a reaction to pressure. It can be a combination of things, but we have a tendency to hold others’ views above our own. Keeping a close eye on the desired outcomes will have anyone trying to control things they can’t. However, external pressure can keep us on our toes. It’s another way to maintain accountability, especially if you are less disciplined in your craft. Eventually, you will learn to hold yourself accountable.
Regulations and expectations create constraints that are necessary for growth. Bounds are meant to be maneuvered around in an ethical manner. Analyzing your situation and developing innovative methods and procedures will have a better long-term effect on your business. Instead of succumbing to harsh conditions, you will adapt to them and find a way to survive. A story of survival is much more meaningful than one of conformity and defeat.
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