When Your Business Hands You Lemons….
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”, right?
If you don’t know what that means, basically it means to use what appears to be a negative thing to your advantage.
It actually reminds me of one of my favourite videos by John Chow, in which he said that he doesn’t see problems, only opportunities.
This is so true, especially in our businesses.
No matter how hard, annoying or frustrating something may be, rather than think of it as an insurmountable obstacle, why not view it as an opportunity? An opportunity for what will depend on the circumstances and the nature of the issue at hand. But instead of seeing it as something to hold you back, take a firm hold of it by the scruff of the neck and find a way to use it to your advantage.
At this point I’ve realised that, although I absolutely didn’t intend to go down the “make lemonade” route, it does actually tie in with what I’m about to share with you. I’ll explain in a few moments.
A Bit of Interaction
I thought it would be a fun change to draw you all in to this blog post and to actually take part yourselves. Now don’t worry, this isn’t going to be difficult at all and it’s not going to take a huge amount of time.
All I need you to do is to sit back, relax and listen to the short audio I’ve prepared for you below. The actual exercise is only about 3 minutes and the brief introduction where I explain the exercise is only about 2 minutes. So, for a total of around just 5 minutes I’d like you to humour me and listen to this audio. I’m hoping it will be fun and who knows? – you might even learn something new!
So hit the play button, have fun and I’ll continue below:
*NOTE Unfortunately, the site where I have the audio hosted doesn’t seem to be able to supply any reliable, working embedding option. So I will have to provide the direct link to the page that hosts the audio instead.
What Has The Lemon Taught You?
I bet you’ve never been asked that before!
If you listened to the audio (if you didn’t then go back and press that “play” button!) and truly put yourself in the described scene then, if you’re like most people, something likely will have happened.
When it came to the part about biting the lemon, did you notice your mouth start to produce saliva? I can’t guarantee that it absolutely happened for you but, for most people, this is usually what happens.
But what on earth does this have to do with online business?
Well, it’s to illustrate how our thoughts can directly influence how our bodies react to things. In the above audio, nothing actually exists – there was no field, no trees, no birds, no grass and no lemons. Yet, simply the thought of those things and imagining the various sensations, likely yielded a physical response in you.
It’s similar to being excited about something, or feeling dread about something. The ‘something’ doesn’t yet exist, it’s a future event. Yet, the anticipation and the imagination can cause us to feel excited and happy, or nervous and dreadful.
Why is this?
To put it simply, the mind, on a subconscious level, cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. So merely the thought of how terrible something may be can cause physiological responses such as rapid heartbeat, perspiration and muscle tension. The event we’re worried about may not even turn out the way we imagine, but that doesn’t make the imagined scenario any less real to our subconscious – it can’t distinguish the difference, it can only react based on the stimuli it receives.
In the above audio you imagined biting into a lemon and this likely resulted in the physiological response of the production of saliva. The lemon didn’t exist, yet your subconscious didn’t know that – it merely responded to the thought.
So we can use this knowledge in two ways:
- Once we recognise that negative thoughts can have a negative effect on us, both mentally and physically, we are in a better position to combat them and prevent them from controlling us.
- We can actually use positivity to boost our confidence, give us motivation and help us to maintain momentum.
You see, we have a whole load of potential influences around us all the time from the things people say, the way society is conditioned, the media and so forth:
“You can’t do that.”
“That won’t work.”
“This is the way things are.”
“This is the way things are supposed to be done.”
“I don’t see the point.”
“You have to do ‘X’ in order to achieve ‘Y’.”
But wouldn’t it be better to absorb thoughts such as these:
“I can do this.”
“I am in control.”
“There is nothing preventing me.”
“I am good enough.”
“I will achieve all I wish.”
You see, it cannot be overemphasised just how important it is to have the right mindset. Aside from the difference it can make with regards to on-the-fly decisions, how we view ourselves and allow ourselves to be influenced over time can hugely affect where and how we end up.
Indeed, whether we succeed or not can hinge on this.
So yes, as I said near the beginning, it turns out that I can apply the old “make lemonade” adage here after all. If you find yourself being handed a ‘lemon’ in the course of your online business, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to view it as something bitter that makes you squirm, or are you going to make something out of it?
Will you see a problem, or will you see an opportunity?
At the end of the day, will it result in action or will it be an excuse?
Each one of us has to the power to change, the power to steer our lives in the direction we want to go. So what if we get blown off course? It happens. Does a captain of a ship just give up if he gets blown off course? I think not!
Why should you be any different?
If you find yourself a little off course then stop, look around, get your bearings, and set yourself on course again.
No-one else is going to do it for you.
Plenty of people will attempt to push you in the direction they think you ought to go, but it’s not up to them.
It’s up to YOU.
So stand erect, hold your head up high and push forwards. Even if you find yourself heading backwards there’s nothing to say you can’t turn around!
Think good of yourself, think positive and have confidence in your own abilities. If you view yourself in a certain way then you’re much more likely to act in accordance with it.
For example, no matter what stage you’re at, if you view yourself as an Internet Marketer then you’ll be much more likely to behave as one, have the mindset of one and get to where you want to be. On the other hand, if you’re forever saying, “I don’t know anything”, “I’m not good enough”, “What can I offer?”, “Who will listen to me?”, then guess what? That’s exactly how you’ll approach everything you do.
Now this isn’t to say that we don’t need help or guidance at times. We can’t expect to just know exactly what to do in every given situation. But we can approach everything we do with a positive mindset, one of confidence that we will always advance and get to where we’re heading no matter what.
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Be sure to check out my next blog post that will be along next week in which I’ll reveal to you why I recently rejected an offer of making an easy $750 per month simply by doing… well, in all honesty, pretty much nothing! Am I insane? Or is there another reason behind my decision? I guess you’ll have to come back next week to find out!
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See you next week!