There I was, trucking right along. Feeling good. Like I finally might have this whole ‘running a business’ under control. I was focused. Then…
WHACK! Our 1 terabyte hard drive full of data. Contracts, templates, videos, photos, client files from the last 2 years…Poof! Gone. Data cannot be recovered. Dammit!
I know what you’re thinking. “But you’ve got a backup, right?” Wrong. I had started moving things over to the cloud but that’s a lot of data and I let myself get caught up in other things. Dammit!
Anyways, as I’m in the midst of locating other places where our data might also be and the phone rings. It’s a new client I’ve been working with just a little over a month. I’m expecting a conversation about her newsletter this month. WRONG! She wants to quit because she isn’t getting all the sales she was expecting (mind you, we talked about how it would take a little time). Dammit! Dammit!
Lost a client + Lost 2 years worth of data = Loss of momentum & feeling crappy (Dammit!)
I think loss is one of the hardest conversations for business owners to have with one another. I’m not talking about the ‘I’m having a bad day’ conversations. Those are no problem. It’s the I think I suck because I lost a client or worse. Because if we do, people may think we don’t know what we’re doing. We don’t want to appear unsuccessful or as if we don’t have our shit together. Truth is, we don’t. None of us do. Not all the time. You can’t be on all the time.
So many of us shy away from having the real conversation with someone. We feel like we’re alone with the problems. I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a good support system. One where you can open up and share the problems and get clarity and insight to overcome those bad times. Find ways to pick yourself up. I’ll end this with sharing one of my favorite pick me ups.