I’m sitting on my deck this afternoon, thankful for the warmer weather and the sunshine. As I have been enjoying the weather, I have thought about the idea of springtime and new life for local businesses.
Every year warm weather addicts and businesses alike look to the spring time to think of all things new. For the warm weather people they think in terms of outdoor activities that bring them pleasure and for local businesses it is a time to shake off the “post-Christmas” blues and see new life take shape in all aspects of their businesses.
I think the warm weather reminds us about three things that all business owners would do well to remember:
1. Everything in life works in cycles. These past few years have seemed to be a long and very cold winter for many local businesses. Some are even at the point of seriously considering whether to go on or to just close down. This sentiment is real and if left to itself can choke off any new life that might be waiting just under the surface. But, hope abounds in the springtime. Just as new life pushes up from the cold ground, with the right training and encouragement, you can see new life push up in your business as well.
2. New life takes nurturing and cultivation. Every spring my wife gets out into the flower bed and begins to work with the new shoots that make their way to the surface in the spring. She digs around the new plants, she makes sure they have food and water, she nurtures these plants and makes sure that they have the greatest option to grow and bloom. With the end of the winter business season, now is the time for nurturing and cultivating the new ideas that are pressing into your conscious mind.
3. Making the right decisions in the springtime yield the greatest results throughout the remainder of the season. All the garden work done early produces the results that can last throughout the remainder of the year. Don’t let this time pass you by.
So … get outside, lift your face to the sun, look for the new opportunities that are poking their way into you mind. As a local business owner think about springtime and new life for local businesses.
Talk more later ….