Running a great business is like cleaning your pool

Whilst relaxing in my back yard this week, I looked over at my pool and saw the gentle ripples on the surface of the water being made by the automatic pool cleaner. As I watched, my mind began to see some similarities between cleaning my pool and building my business.

Did I stay out in the sun too long you might say? How is my pool like my business, my pool is designed for fun. Great point, we have definitely established some common ground on that one. Humour me, let’s take a look at the thoughts that went through my mind and see where it leads.

1. The pool started out as a bare patch of ground.

We had a family dream to have our own pool, so we put some detailed work into the planning and preparation, before breaking ground. Where would it go, what regulations does it need to meet, what insurances should we have and how were we going to finance it?

2. We now have a fibreglass shell in the ground. How are we going to fill it so it can be used to fulfill it’s original purpose?

We didn’t really want a pool, we wanted to relax and play as a family, swimming in our own back yard. That was the purpose for having a pool in the first place. We had a structure in place, built on the proper foundation, however it would not produce our desired outcome if we didn’t fill it with water.

3. Now that the water was in, we had to put proactive measures in place to ensure the water stayed clean and ready for swimming, at all times.

Constantly checking and measuring the amount and quality of water in our pool allows me to add and adjust where necessary to have a healthy balance. Having differing strategies, dependent on the season and level of use, allows us to get the most out of owning our pool.

4. Once the hard work is done in preparation, the cleaning process is automated, switching itself on and off at the time I designate.

It brings a great sense of achievement to watch the automatic cleaner, working away under the surface without much fuss. I know when we have had some real hot days that evaporation has reduced the water level just enough for the valve at the top of the cleaner to suck some air and make a horrible noise. A quick top up of what it takes to make a pool shell a pool, water, and the noise goes away and things run smoothly again. Regular testing and measuring allows me to see what little tweaks I may need to employ to keep things on track.

5. The size, shape, depth and temperature of our pool is all based on meeting the needs of all the people we put it in for, not just the owners and not just the users.

Keeping in mind everyone that needs to benefit from the pool, we are able to provide the right swimming environment, year round. The pool is designed to provide us with a component of our lifestyle, it is not our life.

I am not sure if everyone would see this metaphor as I do, so I would love you to see where each point equates to running your business. Drop me a line below with what you got out of this for you. After all, your business is your business.

Have an extraordinarily relaxing week. You deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

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Changing our focus on the Fear of Change

Many people resist the change needed in their lives because they are afraid of losing their identity. Change is perceived as a threat to their stability, their sense of belonging and awareness of what is going on around them.

The fear of change is found in taking on new responsibilities, in a job, newly married couples, new parents; anything that takes you from a known zone to the unfamiliar.

People who fear change recognise the uncertainty that comes with learning how to survive under new and different conditions. The fear of this newness is fueled by a subconscious fear of failure. You may be successful doing things the old way, but now you are afraid you won’t be able to adjust to new ideas and new ways of doing things.

The good news is that the fear of change only lasts until you regain control of your future. Without that control the fear of change can hang around long after the changes are made.

What are you doing today to take control of your life, no matter the circumstances. The day I realised that I was 100% responsible for my life and what happened in it was the day I started my journey of taking back control. Fear held me back from bringing out my personal best, the one that my family, friends and the community around me deserved to see. I am still a “work in progress”, however, being self aware of what needs to change, facing the fear of that change and doing it anyway, that has changed my life in so many ways.

What can you take control of today? What is your first step? Who do you need to become to do what needs to change so you enjoy the life you have?

Every person on the planet has been created with the same seeds of greatness. You deserve an abundant life, you just need to go after it.

Have a fantastic week. You deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

What other people think of you is none of your business

People with a low self-esteem are generally fearful of what they perceive to be attacks on them as individuals. They have seen and internalised the by products of failure and rejection and it frightens them. The most unfortunate thing in this is they usually have a distorted view of what failure really is.

This counterfeit appears real when you allow others to set the values and standards from which success or failure and acceptance or rejection are measured. Your goals and dreams may have been battered an bruised, but your ideas of rejection and failure are usually based on what others have said to you. You have relinquished control over your future and are completely at the mercy of outside forces.

People who exhibit a low self-worth think that because they have failed in one part of their life’s journey, they have also failed at being a good person. They can not separate their act of failure from the destruction of their identity, so they equate their perceived failure to meet other people’s standards with low self-worth. Self-destruction is as painful as the rejection, so they will eventually end up fearing not only failure but their own self-abasement as well. The American author and advertising executive, Bruce Barton, summed it up in this brief but powerful verse. “How curious it is that men who will die for the liberty of the world will not make the little sacrifice needed to free themselves from their own bondage”.

On my journey to self-love, I have reflected the above definitions perfectly. Building an identity, based on my ability to gain acceptance, drove me deeper into the bondage of the performance trap. If only I can do more it will make up for my failure to be a good husband and father which led to being rejected, judged and labeled. Then one day someone encouraged me, and I cannot for the life of me remember who, to use the self-affirmation “What other people think of me is none of my business”. I was looking for unconditional acceptance from people who were not wired up to give it. Their own journey had conditioned them to see things the way they wanted to see them and therefore their view of me was based on my actions going through their unique filtering system. It wasn’t until I found that true unconditional acceptance could only be gained from my Creator, that I could overcome the fear of what other people thought of me and move forward into the destiny I was born for.

Fear of others opinions can be overcome by not giving them power. Positive self-talk, practiced every day, can negate the words of others. You are more qualified than anyone to have an opinion about yourself.

Have the best week possible, you deserve it!

Cheers

Grant Herbert
The People Builder

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