There are no solutions without problems.

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I don’t like problems.  I don’t enjoy struggling with technology – or anything else, for that matter.  I would love it if life were like a reliable car that someone else maintained and all I had to do was get in and turn a key to have it working.

Unfortunately, life is not like that. Business is not like that.  It can be, if you have the wherewithal to employ others to do the maintenance for you.  But even then it’s not a sure thing.

What I have learned though is that life’s little successes are achieved through the willingness to knuckle down, stop blaming others and take responsibility for an outcome. For instance, if you’re thinking of setting up, or improving a business, first you have to recognize and understand the critical success factors.

Ask yourself:  What are the key issues necessary to achieve the goal?

Then you have to focus on getting those key issues handled. Whether it’s implementing a reliable payment system, or establishing a good lead generation system, there are going to be details that need to be taken care of.

Sometimes this takes a lot of time.  Sometimes it takes an inordinate amount of time.  Sometimes, it’s just plain frustrating and you feel as if you’ll never emerge from the exercise victorious.

At times like these, the old saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” comes in handy.  It’s trite, but true.  From personal experience, I’ve discovered that if you’re determined to find that solution, to achieve that outcome, even though it seems as if the struggle is taking forever and you wonder frequently if it’s worth it – IF you persist, if you simply stick with it, you will succeed.

Eventually you will find a way to make things work. Whether it’s a skill you need to learn to be able to implement something properly, or the patience to work with others to bring a vision to life, if you simply keep on going, you will get there.

An apt analogy is the prisoner who uses the casing of a ball point pen to patiently scratch away at the concrete wall until an escape hole appears.  Day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, he keeps scratching away…

We’d all hope that our ‘scratching away’ would not mean that length of time, but, if we’re prepared to keep on, no matter how long it takes – it will eventually pay off and the escape hole will be made.

For many of us, much of our struggle is not so much because we’re scratching away at a concrete wall with a ball point pen casing, but because today we scratch in this place and tomorrow in another.  We lose focus.  We self sabotage because we lose focus.  As a result, we lose energy.  When we lose energy, we lose hope.  When we lose hope, we lose motivation.  Without motivation and hope, nothing is possible.

So… let me encourage to choose a point of focus in your business and keep scratching away.  You’re closer than you think!

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