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The Ying and Yang of Business

May 23, 2012

On this foggy spring morning in Syracuse, the opening paragraph in a favorite book related to this morning’s atmospheric conditions,

“Some parts of our lives appear like a long, paved highway. We can see exactly where to go; we have a panoramic view. Other times, it may feel like we’re driving in the dark with only one headlight on a winding road through the fog. We can only see a few feet in front of the car. Don’t worry if you can’t see that far ahead, if you only have a glimmer of light to guide your path. Slow down. Listen to your heart. Guidance will come. Trust what you hear. Do the small things. Take the one step. Go as far as you can see for now.”

Being an entrepreneur requires balance. There are times we move forward at warp speed launching new ideas, entering new domains and marketing our companies. We have abundant energy, time and money. Then there are times we stutter, stumble or stall. Making decisions, taking financial risks and pushing into new arenas are difficult. It’s like the fog that rolls in on a spring morning obstructing our vision, challenging our perspective and slowing our advancement. Surviving entrepreneurship means understanding the ebb and flow of our business progress and mindset.

“Awareness doesn’t make change possible. Awareness makes change inevitable,” is another quote sitting on my desk this morning. Being aware of whether we are in warp speed mode or take it slow mode is important for setting priorities. As a business owner for 18 years, I have allowed myself permission to move at the right speed at the right time and it’s served me well.

Today’s blog post is to tell you that moving as fast as lightening towards new goals is as important as slowing down to change course. The Ying and Yang of business means contrary forces and feelings are interconnected and naturally give rise to each other in turn. We can’t move forward without standing still sometimes; and a respite can sometimes be the only thing that shifts our focus and gives us an energetic new purpose.  Trust and act on the guidance, vision and energy you have right now and more will come your way.

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