**Warning: Crass Metaphor Alert. Do not read if you have a sensitive or easily offended disposition**
One of my close friends and fellow apprentices on my journey into understanding the nature of the human experience is John El-Mokadem.
He posted a great reflection as he completed his apprenticeship that sparked and insight for me and numerous conversations with my own clients.
You can read his beautiful and elegantly written piece here, and my totally crass inelegant one below….
There’s a level of success you’d like to see in your business.
You’ve got a pretty good idea of what that’s going to look like when you ‘have it’ and you’re feeling frustrated because your business now does not look like the one you’re trying to create.
There’s a gap between ‘here’ and ‘there’.
You’re working really hard, but the gap’s still there.
And you’re wondering if it’s worth the effort.
Sound familiar? If so, this post is for you.
Repeat – we are going to get offensive to many here.
Here’s hoping the cute kid picture buys me some leeway here….
It’s like you’re trying to have a poo.
The only problem is it’s 2.30 and the poo’s not due for another half an hour.
You had a feeling it was coming so you jumped on there an you’ve been sweating it out, pushing and straining for the past 20 minutes, but what you’re producing is either nothing, some pretty stinky whiffs that are causing you to wrinkle your nose or some tiny bits and bobs you’re not very proud of.
But you keep pushing because you don’t realize the poo’s not due until 3.
What you DO see is other people around you shouting in glee because theirs arrived at 1 o’clock and it’s fabulous and it was so easy and they’re looking forward to the next one already.
In fact it was so much fun and so easy that they’ll sell you the book on how they did it.
Can you take the fast track, take a laxative and just be done with it?
Sure! Many people do.
I took the adrenaline, fast-track, skidding along in it, work your ass off, rushed way to do it.
But there’s something not very pretty about the laxative approach.
And it’s a gamble ‘cos it works for some who are prepared to ignore their more natural urges and go for the end result at all costs.
But for most people, trying the artificial ‘made-by-somebody-else-approach’ just ends in frustration and minimal results.
Or a big horrible burned out mess.
There’s a concept I heard mentioned by George Pransky (God forbid he should ever read his name associated with this subject matter and I apologize if you ever do, George).
He talked about ‘an idea whose time has come’.
If you’re feeling frustrated with your business results, perhaps all that’s going on was that you got on the loo at 2.30 and the poo’s not due till 3.
If you really knew that, you could just jump off the toilet and go do something more interesting with your time.
And chances are while you’re out walking or hanging out with your friends, you’ll suddenly get the urge and you won’t be able to get to the toilet quickly enough.
You won’t have to ‘try’, use the ‘right technique’ or have the ‘right mentor’ to show you how.
You’ll just do the most natural thing in the world and as long as you don’t care about the shape of the poo when it finally appears, you’ll do just fine.
(I have never been more hesitant to push ‘publish’ on a post, but sod it. So many business owners I meet are suffering with nothing more than a ‘timing’ issue so if that’s you I hope you find this helpful. Please let me know if you do too).