Success Lessons From the Ocean

I’m feeling extra grateful today that I am my own boss.  And that I have a portable office.

Today, the white sandy beach is more than meeting my office needs.  And the occasional “watch this, mom!” is less distracting than usual under the clear blue sky.

But that’s not really what this is about.  I just can’t ever resist a plug for the work from home (or the beach!) lifestyle.

Earlier today I was sitting in the shallow ocean with my 3 and 4-year old boys.  Those tiny waves are like a tsunami when you’re under 3 feet tall.

As I was trying to hold on to both of them, and keep their little mouths from filling with some pretty raunchy looking saltwater, I discovered the key to successfully relaxing on the beach.

It’s all in the hands of the waves that push forward.

The three of us were doing just fine as long as the waves kept coming in.  One after another.  Consistently.  Water pushing forward.

The problem came when the waves took too long of a break.  That’s when the undercurrent tried to pull us out of our little space.  Knocking the boys under the water and upsetting our sand castle building and water play.

As I struggled to maintain, it occurred to me that this was much like the struggle to build and maintain a successful online business.

Like the waves, you must consistently push forward.  In business, this means taking daily action steps that benefit your business.

If you don’t, the undercurrent slips in.  It destroys what you had going, and pushes you in the wrong direction.

The undercurrent will always be there.  Fortunately, you are in control of whether it effects your business.

When you’re new – in shallow water — the current is more obvious and can completely derail you from making even your first dollar online.

But even when your business is up and running — when you’ve swam into the deep waters — the current’s still there.  And it can do even more damage because it subtly pulls you off course.  You look up one moment and realize you aren’t at all where you thought you were and where you need to be.

Consistent action is the one constant, most important focus of any business.  Sure, automation, and leveraging, and outsourcing, and scaling make things easier and less time consuming as your business grows.

But you must be as consistent as the waves of the ocean.  And you must figure out what your undercurrents are.  So that you can counter them with a wave.

If you spend the first hour of your day chatting it up on Facebook, that’s your undercurrent.

Create a wave.  Log out of Facebook at night.  Completely close the window in your browser.  When you open your computer in the morning make your blog the window that comes up first.  Immediately write your post for the day.  Or pick an important offline task like phone calls, and make them before you even open your computer.

Discipline yourself to make waves every day.  I guarantee you it will enable you to enjoy more real waves whenever your heart desires.

JENNIFER HERNDON is a work at home mom with three fabulous kids, ages 3, 4 and 6. She has been enjoying the time freedom and financial benefits of working at home for over 13 years.  Jennifer’s passion is empowering others to personal and business success through a positive mindset and consistent action.

The discipline needed to create waves everyday is not easy to come by, I know!  Jim Rohn’s One Year Success Plan helped me make the changes I needed in my life.  Make your first wave today!

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