Yikes. All around us, friends and family are losing their jobs, retirement plans vanish overnight, homes are being foreclosed on, businesses are closing. This is a scary time to be an American. It’s a scary time to be a small business owner, that’s for sure. I worry so much about our economy, of course for my own sake, and my family’s sake, but also for my employee’s livelihood. That is one of the things that can really stress out a small business owner. If the business fails, then what happens not only to the owner, but the entire team?
Every day clients come in and ask me how we are doing during this scary and uncertain time. And, honesty, we are going pretty great. We have more employees than ever before, the schedules are filling up, and everyone seems to be pretty happy. I’m not sure what it is, what makes us keep going and growing. The one thing that I constantly tell myself, even when I start to stress about the economy, is to focus on the present. I am a firm believer in doing what you love, and doing it as well as you possibly can. I feel like if you make your career about your passion, then the money is sure to follow. Conversely, if you spend your days chasing the dollar, it sucks the love out of what you are doing.
I start my day by focusing myself. On my way to work I try to take a minute to set goals for the day, the week, the year. They may be little goals, like give great service, make someone laugh, or they may be bigger goals, like own 50 Urban Waxx locations. But I feel like it’s important to keep myself and my team moving, and motivated. I need to always keep moving, you know?