As entrepreneurs, or parents for that matter, it can be hard to reconcile all the signals. But don’t give up! There is value in understanding what isn’t always clear.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that kids generally tells us (on a regular basis) when something isn’t right. They may not be able to articulate it well. They may not be able to control their emotions well, BUT THEY TELL US. We understand the problem more clearly when we pay attention to what they tell or show us.
For instance, I’ve learned that it isn’t a good idea to plan my daughter’s play dates or sleepovers on Fridays. She is grumpier, she talks back more, and she struggles between her emotions. Obviously so much has gone on during the week that Fridays need to be about winding down, and relaxing so she can be refreshed for more fun the following days. This of course, isn’t her favorite change, because as we know kids have major FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), with just about everything…but I can see the benefit of this new routine through how helpful she becomes with dinner, finishing her meal, and even by falling asleep earlier than usual. I can SEE the benefit in recognizing the ways she tells me she is tired, without actually verbalizing those exact words in obvious or clear ways!!
Our businesses won’t talk back to us, but they do “communicate” when something just isn’t working.
Ok, you’re not going to hold a conversation with your company. And, it’s not going to yell, STOP, when you’re heading down a bad direction (although I sure wish it would). We receive these messages very differently through signs on how well our business is progressing; whether in sales, volume or the number of people we are reaching.
For example, in many businesses, social media is used to reach target audiences. How many times has a post not gotten many “likes” or attention? Do you say, “oh well, someone will catch on eventually”…or do you recognize the message your business is sharing and look into ways to change? We most likely do the latter, because that my friends are how our businesses speak to us!!
At the end of the day, it’s not our role to be mind readers.
But, if we can find gratitude in these areas, change our ability to pick up on queues and learn to really listen to what is happening around us, it will transform who we become as entrepreneurs and parents. It’s magical what a small change in our perspectives can create, and what trying something new will do, instead of getting lost in the translation. It’s a true benefit and blessing when we change our views about the “non-verbal” communications our businesses or lives can have with us.