Starting a business takes the right attitude to succeed. There will always be ups and downs as you trudge through the process. These can be discouraging, frustrating and downright painful, but they don’t need to prevent you from pursuing your dreams to the point of giving up. You can learn to deal with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, in constructive ways that will actually help you succeed at your new business venture more quickly, all the while making you happier as you go through the process of reaching your goals of success.
Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson M. D. is a wonderful little book that takes you through a psychological process of visualizing your business plan and developing realistic goals to achieve it. This is not a get rich quick resource, but rather a life’s resource type of book, enabling you to recognize and rely on your own abilities to conquer fear, tap into personal creativity, set reasonable goals and achieve realistic results in a timely manner.
At the beginning of the book, you learn to recognize and come to terms with a true definition for the word “valley”. You come to terms with your own self defeating ways that have often led you to give up on ideas that might have been achieved very easily, if only you’d given them a chance or taken the time to think about them.
As you make your way through the book, you begin to understand the power you have through positive thinking to acknowledge your own ability to change the outcome of events, thus lessening the pain and discouragement of setbacks and trials, while minimizing their impact. Of course your ultimate goal is to have as few challenges as possible when starting your business, but life happens and with it, ups and downs.
You begin to understand that while there will be low points and setbacks when you start your business, these don’t have the power to determine any final outcomes. They rarely have to last for long periods of time, and they can be overcome with the right attitude. Sounds too good to be true, I know. But since no one can live a life of complete success and happiness without having a few tough times along the way, it’s a good idea to find tools that help us deal with low points, making them more bearable and less severe.
Peaks and Valleys is such a book. It shows us how to enjoy the high points by staying humble and acknowledging the low points we went through to get to them; it also shows us how to appreciate the low points when we are in them, enabling us to move through them a little easier.
I strongly recommend anyone thinking about starting a new business to read Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson M. D. In fact, I recommend it even if you’re not starting a new business. It will help you in your relationships with your co-workers, friends and family too. It’s that good.
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