By Colin Campbell
Are there times in your life when you know you want to achieve something and it doesn’t seem to matter what you do, nothing takes you closer?
I’ve been working on developing my business for 6 years now. These have been the toughest years of my life. I have found myself severely challenged on many occasions. I’ve suffered great frustration countless times. Along the way I have however, enjoyed fantastic moments of fulfilment and truly uplifting feelings that come from recognising that I’ve achieved something.
It has been an undulating journey with too much time spent in the foggy valleys near despair and not enough time breathing the invigorating mountain air while enjoying clear unfettered views as I recognise my achievement and observe my path.
I’d like to think that the journey makes the man. Contemplating if I’d chosen different paths at different times, and things would have been better, sometimes fills me with slight remorse. At other times I’ve found myself very frustrated. A fair amount of the frustration arises from the thoughts that it was never this difficult in corporate life. Yes, there were always challenges, but often when you did something it worked and continued to do so.
On reflection it did occur to me that in the corporate world things did work because I was part of a system. The system was there to support business success and I was there to contribute improvements to the system. Now there was no system and I was making it up as I went along. It crossed my mind that perhaps I should have bought a franchise. However, this passed very quickly as I realised I was in it for more than just the money.
I realised that on my journey there were going to be times when I found myself in the fog of confusion and frustration was going to be an annoying companion. So, if I was going to have to wander around unable to see the paths ahead while having my ear bent by frustration, what could I do about it?
What if I could find a map and some way to take the right steps no matter how little near field vision I had?