Last night while running, I fell. Not a dainty trip, but rather a full fledged, face to the ground spill. For those of you who run, you know that this happens every once in a while. You get in the zone, completely focused on the horizon and then from out of nowhere something fairly minuscule like an acorn, twig or uneven sidewalk gets in your way and causes you to tumble towards the ground so fast you barely know what hit you before you're lying in a face full of dirt. The same thing can happen in business.
You're plodding along when all of the sudden success starts to take hold. Things are working - they're in the flow. But then something "small" like an illness, a family emergency, a tax audit, a law suit, a bad rumor that spreads, an economic turn, a change in technology or any number of other obstacles trips you up and impedes your growth.
In this moment while you are down you have two options:
1. Stay down in the muck feeling sorry for yourself - but this option has it's downfalls.
A) You're lying in muck and that's no fun. B) Self pity is a sure-fire way to ensure you stay down in the no-fun muck. C) How are you going to move forward towards your goal if you're stuck in muck?
2. Ask for help getting up, deal with your problem and move forward.
No doubt we will all fall at some point. Whether it's running a marathon or running a business, things will come along and trip you up. But it's how we deal with these falls that separates those who win from those who stay stuck.
And for the record, I'm up and plan on running again tomorrow. :)