The Art of Starting Over
I always complain about the cold weather but find myself falling in love with the fall every year. My favorite memory to create is visiting the pumpkin patch with my children. Every year, I watch them play and reflect on how much they have grown from the previous year. My mind is like a measuring stick. I even reflect on the things that I did well or want to do differently as a parent.
The same can be true in our professional lives and entrepreneurial endeavors. In order to see growth, we must create moments of reflection. Strategically. Far to often we barrel through our time and never stop to see if our actions had a desired impact. Furthermore, we become discouraged when things don’t work or don’t go as planned.
Here are my insights on making a beautiful masterpiece of starting over:
1. Accept failure as a beautiful part of the journey.
Entrepreneurship consists of failing to the finish line. Such as life, a series of mistakes can often be very effective teachers. Learning what not to do is often a harsh lesson but one that you won’t soon forget. Failure teaches us how to be resilient and how to be triumphant. We must accept failure as a part of the journey.
I recently experienced an unexpected failure with one of my businesses and for the first time, I felt a sense of relief because I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. This revelation will later save me a great deal of time and resources.
2. Immediate self reflection is key.
Many times when things go wrong, we look for all of the outside sources of the problem. No matter what has happened within my businesses, I always reflect on what I can do differently. This does not always result in change as some procedures may be effective ; however the state of constant reflection allows me to see the things that need to be redone, removed or restricted more clearly. In this space, a clear plan for starting over can be implemented.
3. Get excited about a new adventure.
Starting over can mean something new. Most entrepreneurs that I know are excited by new ideas. I often refer to myself as the “Who Moved My Cheese” girl (one who does not like change). Entrepreneurship has taught me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you are to excel, you must stay ahead of the trends in your industry and be willing to adapt. That said, new and innovative ideas, methodologies and ways to implement them are your friends so get excited about what’s to come.
4. Don’t be a victim.
Righting a wrong or recreating something does not make you a victim, it makes you victorious! When we have an opportunity to make something right in business or in life, we have been given a second change; a do-over. This is truly a gift. Embrace it and take the power that comes with being able to control a situation. In our world today, there are so many factors that we can not control. Welcome the challenge and stand up tall to do what needs to be done to start anew.
In the beautiful words of Arthur Ashe:
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Ardre Orie is an Entrepreneur/Philanthropist