How to Stop Sabotaging Your Business
Is there a purpose for tragedy?
Where I live, there’s a narrow sea passage called the Georgia Strait. This channel is 222 kms long and 28 kms wide, and the undercurrent can run 400 meters deep.
On a warm summer day in 2015, a beloved father and his seven-year-old daughter went boating on the Georgia Strait. With water temperatures hovering around 19 C, the pair decided to go swimming.
An alert was issued when both individuals failed to return home.
The boat was found intact, and there was no sign of foul play. The little girl’s body was found the next day. The father’s body was never found, most likely dragged down by the undercurrent.
What I’ve just shared with you is a true and tragic story. And a powerful metaphor of how an emotional undercurrent can drown both an established and a new business.
As business owners, we can pretend all is well by giving others the impression that our business is calm and sunny. But impressions are just ripples on the surface.
Do you have a strategic plan?
I’m asking because an emotionally intelligent strategic plan navigates the emotional undercurrent that propels you to your outcomes in a way no logical, rational strategic plan can.
An emotionally intelligent strategic plan has all the logic and rationale of a traditional strategic plan, and it’s turbocharged by tapping into your emotional undercurrent.
Your emotional undercurrent is what emotionally drives you to do what you do. It’s recurrent; it has a theme.
Thinking we can run a business without an emotionally intelligent strategic plan is like thinking we can run a business while ignoring our emotional undercurrent.
I’m certain that father loved his little girl. I’m also certain he wanted to keep her safe. Yet, ignoring that undercurrent was a tragedy, not just for the father and daughter but for everyone who knew and loved them.
My guess is you probably love your business and the people in it. But if you don’t pay attention to the emotional undercurrent, what tragedy awaits?
The call for help
I used to think I could get there faster if I ran my business without paying attention to my emotional undercurrent. You can guess what happened next. I sabotaged myself. It was awful!
Not having a strategic plan is bad enough. Not having an emotionally intelligent strategic plan is much worse!
Emotionally intelligent accountability is a way to tap into the resources of our emotional undercurrent.
With a genuine accountability partner on board, we get to overcome our blind spots (what we take for granted) and steer our ship to a good port.
Who’s your genuine accountability partner?
My genuine accountability partner (yes, I have one) shows me how to steer the emotional undercurrent driving my decisions. Feeling into it, I get to better understand where I’m at. What’s the emotional undercurrent driving your decisions?
Keeping your answer in mind, Are you committed to steering your ship to a good port?
Being committed means that we are willing to relentlessly understand how our emotional undercurrent impacts our decision making. Where do you want to be?
That day in 2015, tragedy struck.
For those of us who understand how our feelings drive all our decisions, we aim to master our emotional undercurrent. We ask for help, we strive to overcome our blind spots. How are you going to get there?
Is an emotionally intelligent strategic plan the right tool for you to stop sabotaging yourself?
Let me sound the alarm. The answer is YES! Here’s why:
- What’s the emotional undercurrent driving your decisions? Where are you at?
- Are you committed to seeing the ship to a good port? Where do you want to be?
- What are you going to do about your blind spots? How are you going to get there?
Whoever masters the emotional undercurrent controls the speed and direction of the ship.
Every decision we make has an emotional undercurrent driving it. Our emotional undercurrent is the invisible string moving us to do what we do; it has a recurrent theme. Most of us never stop to consider what our emotional undercurrent is and how it impacts our decision making.
If you’re a business owner, implement an emotionally intelligent strategic plan. Because…If you don’t want to be captain of the ship, what are you doing on board?