As entrepreneurs and leaders, we all change people’s lives in profound ways, even though we are not always aware.
Let me explain…
During the holiday season I take time with my coaching clients (landscape business owners) to ask them some deep questions, so they understand where they are coming from, and where they are going.
I will ask them…
- What are you proudest of achieving this past year? Even if it was a tough year, dig deep…
- What are your most important couple objectives for the coming year? Think big. Stretch yourself.
Look Back, Look Forward
Some people need help acknowledging where they have come from, because they are so busy rushing forward.
Others need help thinking bigger about what they can achieve. They need help focusing on the bigger picture.
During these conversations, one long-time client from the Mid West reminded me of the dramatic changes we have made together.
Ten Years Ago He Was “Off the Wagon”
I don’t know if he fell off, or if he had been there a long time, but either way he had just gotten sober and found his business was close to broken and bankrupt.
He came to me by referral, someone from his church gave my name.
He took a flyer and hired me ten years ago, even though he could barely afford my service. But he knew it was now or never.
Change Directions and Change Your Life
Over the many years he stuck with it.
He rebuilt his cash position, his financial health and acumen, his leadership skills and the strength of this team.
He switched the company into growth mode with new acquisitions, equipment, facilities and great talent finds.
His family is truly blessed.
And to this day he remains sober, thank God, and his team is one of the best in the West.
This Week “Your Challenge” is “My Challenge”, Too
Our challenge is to remember why we got started in such a wonderful industry: to get close to God/nature and to change lives.
When you make personal changes to how you run your business and your life, your positivity ripples far and wide, and touches many.
It feels great to be part of something bigger.
I wish you luck this year, good health for you and your family, and the spirit to make the wise decisions when needed.
Many Regards, Jeffrey Scott!