We spent a wonderful week in the North Georgia Mountains on vacation.
It is hard work, this relaxing thing. Although I had no time scheduled for formal workouts, I had no problem fitting in some exercise.
Who knew tubing on a lazy river was hard work? I sure didn’t, but found out that towing a 6 year old on her tube and trying to get her through the rapids was very taxing on my shoulders.
The following day, we spent time climbing the Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. I know, compared to the Rocky Mountains, Alps or the Pyrenees, it’s not very high. But, if you have spent most of your life below sea level like me, that is an impressive mountain.
As I was climbing up the Falls and my 12 year old ran the 604 steps ahead of us, I observed there are 3 ways to climb the Falls and the mountain. And those 3 ways are also mirrored in how we run our businesses.
Check out these climbing/business types:
Fast and Furious
Everyone wants to get to the top as fast as possible. My 12 year old is one of these. He started of strong, not in the least because as a part of his soccer fitness program we encouraged him to run the steps. He did so with gusto and got there far ahead of us.
He could do this, because he had a strong fitness foundation. He has been playing soccer (all day, every day) and has put in the time to be able to do that.
If you want to do this as a business owner and seminar host, you have to lay the foundation. You cannot make 6 figures with your own seminar unless you have laid this foundation. You need to have a list of targeted followers and a plan to get butts in the seats, as well as a solid strategy to monetize your seminar.
Only when you have paid your dues by creating a solid business can you be an “overnight success”. All the overnight successes you hear about, have worked their hard (many times for years), to get to that point.
They have invested in themselves through coaching and learning and have someone help them to avoid the mistakes that could stop them from getting to the top.
When you want to get to the top fast, but have neglected to build a strong base, you turn into the second climber/business type.
Start and Stop
These climbers are like my 6 year old, and many others I saw on the trail. They start of strong, running in the case of my 6 year old, but soon they stop and take a rest. Sometimes those rests are the equivalent of taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
In the effort to get to top quick they try to take short cuts, like falling for “get quick rich schemes”. Some try to do it all themselves, losing valuable time making mistakes that could have easily been avoided. And some give up, because it is too hard, even when the finish may be right around the corner
Slow and Steady
These climbers are like my husband and I. We know that it is not a race, but that you have to take the mountain step by step. We keep going, even when the finish seems a long way off.
We apply this to our business as well. We build it one step at a time. Building a list, educating, creating programs and ways to serve our clients. Slow but steady until you get to the top. Never stop learning, never stop building.
Until finally, you can get ready to climb the mountain the fast way and be an “overnight success.”
How do you climb the mountain of your business? Are you going slow and steady until you can go fast? Or does it seem like you take one step up and 2 steps back? Share with me in the comments.