|At age 15 Gladys developed a travel service that would prosper for more than 30 years. She is a national award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and columnist. Visit her at www.gladysedmunds.com|
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I am at the end of my rope. Last year I started a home based business and every possible obstacle keeps getting in my way. I can’t seem to concentrate on my business. I don’t have small children at home and I am a widow, so there is no one living here to bother me. The problem is the outside interferences that concern me. I have had to cancel 3 appointments with possible new clients because of an emergency that my best friend had. On another occasion my car wouldn’t start. I was all set to work the other day only to discover that the furnace was not working so I spent my day dealing with that. The furnace man ended up calling the gas company to check things out and the gas company found a leak and red tagged my furnace. I had to have my front yard dug up and a new gas line put in. Needless to say my nerves are shattered. How do I handle all of life’s issues and concentrate on my business at the same time.
There are some things in life that we just can’t explain; your furnace and having to put in a new gas line would fall under that category. The other things – your car and helping with a friend’s emergency are another matter.
Why did you allow your car to stress you out? There are alternative ways to reach destinations other than driving your car. As for the emergency that your friend had, only you can say how important or necessary your help was in that case. Self-inquisition can help you to get to know yourself better and will reveal why you are letting things come between you and your business.
The philosopher Socrates was famous for his “know thyself” approach to life. He spent his life talking to himself, asking questions, and seeking better and more truthful answers. He and the Socratic philosophers who came after him believed that the meaning of life involved the ability of man to know himself.
What I have found to be helpful in getting to know yourself better is to write about the things that are bothering you and ask yourself why you are doing what you do. In other words it’s like interviewing yourself. Writing the things that are blocking your progress gives you something to review and note the progress that you’ve made in overcoming them. Write the question: Why did I allow my friend’s problem to stop me from doing my work? And then begin to answer yourself in writing. Don’t accept the first answer that comes up. Continue to ask yourself the “Why,” throughout and keep writing until you feel a breakthrough.
Putting our fears and problems on paper helps us to face them better and find solutions. As long as they are tucked away inside it is easy to bury them or hide from them, so bring these issues out into the open by writing them down. And you will find that when you face situations in this way you stand a good chance of removing problems and solving situations much easier.
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