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How You Can Re-Create an Amazing You and Your Business after Losing Everything

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How You Can Re-Create an Amazing You and Your Business after Losing Everything

Yep, you read correctly. I failed, I crumbled, I let everyone down. Well that’s what I kept telling myself for many months. Digging myself further into that dark hole.

The constant questions were going around in my head. How could I have been so stupid? Why didn’t I keep my eye on the ball? Why didn’t I listen? I even had a business coach who I refused to listen to when he told me the reality that if I didn’t get a grasp on my business I may find myself in trouble.

Reality – I did not fail. What I did do was not have the right focus nor the correct protection mechanisms in place as the business grew.  Naively I assumed each one of my employees had the same connection and passion to my business as I did.

So what do I mean by not having the right focus?

My business had grown rapidly in staffing numbers, in fact they tripled. We had won some new key client accounts. Every day seemed to run into the next going around and around on the constant merry-go-round.  At the same time, I was dealing with some personal stuff at home but thought of course I could deal with that also.

Instead of revising the work plan to deal with this growth first, I delegated the responsibility.

Now you think, well isn’t that what you are supposed to do? Yes, it is, BUT the person that you delegate to must know your expectations. This is where I made my first mistake, but in my defence she had worked for me as a senior manager for five years.

I knew she had the skills to step up but she had become too comfortable in her role. There were no real checks and balances on her work. She would provide the team reporting weekly but as my stress levels grew my awareness that things were not quite adding up was skewed. That’s what I mean by not having the right focus.

Correct protection mechanisms.

Unbelievably I was not following the rules of having correct protection mechanisms in place. The structures which I coach other businesses to have in place that I did not prioritise in my own business. I left myself open to potential risk and it happened…

That was the dumbest thing I think I have ever done.  Going from a $6.5 million turnover to $0 in a blink of an eye was a huge wakeup call.

I have to admit I crumbled for a time before realising the negative, mind numbing ‘poor me’ mindset was holding me back. I was letting myself down. At that point I made the choice to step and put my ‘brave face on’.

What I learnt from this experiance.

This tumultuous experience I now see as such a positive one. It has made me who I am today. In fact, it has been life changing personally and professionally.  I’ve learnt to be kind to myself, to be open and to listen.

My most valuable learning was humility. To stop and take the time to connect with and understand others. To be open, grateful and non-judgmental.  I know what it is like to have literally nothing. To truly struggle behind closed doors whilst putting on that happy, brave face.

I launched my new business in 2014, slowly and surely defining my purpose. It is such a revelation when you finally uncover your ‘why’. A daily mission of mine is to learn something new every single day. This, beyond doubt, reflects in who I am and in my business.

I bounce out of bed every morning knowing I’m making a difference in someone’s world of Small Business ownership. But I will never, ever forget – I am not superwoman.

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  • pam
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    Well done Alison.

  • Jill
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    Thank you for sharing your story.

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