Dealing With Your Demons

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I read a comment today by Jillian Michaels; she is one of the trainers on "The Biggest Loser." It was on the subject of lasting weight loss but I feel it has a much broader application to success in life and business. "The one (thing) I see with people who stay the course and keep the weight off is they are willing to explore their demons, and they continue to deal with their issues. Don't run from your problems, because then they grow larger."

How many of us never reach our full potential because we fail to stay the course? In life, when problems arise we often fail to confront the issue. We fail to acknowledge that we may have a part, a responsibility for having helped to create the situation. Lacking that acknowledgment, we fail to find a solution.

So, too, in business. There will always be issues we have to deal with. If we have a home based business, the issue is usually ourselves. No one is going to be great at everything a business requires. If we are going to be successful, we must dare to analyze both our talents and our weaknesses. John Maxwell, in his book "Leadership Gold" suggests that we must work on our strongest talents. If we try to improve our weaknesses, they will undoubtedly improve...a level 2 weakness may rise to level 4. If, however, we tackle our strengths, a level 6 can rise to a level 8 or 9. That is where our focus needs to be; not making a weakness less weak, but making our strengths far stronger.

When we know where our weaknesses lie, we need to deal with them. Instead of avoidance, depression or self-condemnation, explore and deal with those issues. Find or hire someone to do what needs to be done so you can focus on what you do well. Even if you are new in business and have a limited budget, there are resources you can turn to. Local community colleges have bulletin boards where students post ads for part-time work. You may be able to barter a service for a service. (In some states, that's not legal so be sure to check first.) By all means, use the resources of your sponsor and/or company. They should have support available to you, probably even 24/7.

In the end, we cannot stop simply because we have not arrived. We are all works in progress and every day is an opportunity to improve. Success will come if we follow Jillian's advice and stay the course, deal with our demons, and "Embrace where (we) are now and move forward from there."

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This article was published on 2010/04/01