Just a few days ago, for the first time in my life, I went acrobranching, just outside of Antibes in France where I am currently living.
‘What is acrobranching?’ you may be wondering. Imagine this: You’re strapped into a harness, tackling obstacles hundreds of meters above the ground, you’re climbing, monkey-barring and zip lining.
Do you know the saying, ‘You should do something every day that scares you?’ Well, that single morning of monkeying around on rock faces and trees, high above the ground was enough adrenalin- fuelled excitement to last me for a while, I tell you!
It was physically gruelling, and mentally so too. Throughout the 3 and a half hours of hanging above ground level, I was comparing this novel experience with business. I had a few ‘aha’ moments and found it quite comical.
Here’s my list of 12 realisations that will change the way you do business.
There are no guarantees in life!
And certainly not in business.
The quality of our experience of life depends on the amount of uncertainty we can handle. Even though there is no certainty in life, there is no option but to take the immediate next step and just go for it.
Even if you cannot see exactly how you are going to get up the mountain, or exactly how you’re going to reach your business goals, you have no choice but to take the next step, and the next and the next. Just do not give up!
Take time to soak in the view and be grateful for the journey. It’s okay to pause every once in a while and appreciate how far you’ve come, even if it’s not as far as you’d like to be.
Despite the challenging moments we experience in business, we have to find a way to have fun! Otherwise, it would be wise to reconsider if you’re in the right business or role, and if you really want what you say you want.
One of my favourite sayings on entrepreneurship is ‘You’re not done when you think it’s done, you’re done when it is done.’ And until you reach the milestone, don’t give up!
We are so much stronger and resilient than we think. How many times have you almost given up on something, such as giving up in the middle of a strenuous set at the gym, and then somehow you push through and realise that you’re stronger than you think?
There were several times while acrobranching up in the mountain that the thought of ‘I simply cannot go on’ came across my mind but then all I did was simply take the next step and the result is that I finished the course.
In business, there are several times where we think that we simply cannot continue. It is so, SO important to simply take the next step and the results will reveal themselves in due time.
At a few points, I could have selected to exit the Acrobranching course. The first one was tempting because just a few obstacles into the course my arms were burning and I was thinking that I couldn’t possibly do anymore. But I didn’t take that exit (thank goodness!) and from then on, every time there was an early exit option, I thought to myself ‘I’ve come so far, no way am I opting out now.’
That’s exactly the same in business. In the beginning stages, when it becomes difficult, it’s tempting to abandon ship. But the further you go along the more invested you are in the game. You invest more and more time and energy, you learn new skills and you rise to the challenge. When you realise this, you are less and less tempted to choose an early exit. In fact, it’s not even an option.
The reality is that sometimes we need help, sometimes we need the support of someone else. We don’t have all the answers, we don’t have strength in all areas.
It is important to surround yourself with people who can give you the support you need especially in business. It’s necessary to draw on the strengths and expertise of others and it’s 100% okay to ask for support, even if you feel vulnerable while doing it.
There were a few times in the acrobranching course where someone would want to give up. Supporting people and helping them through times where they want to give up, in business or elsewhere, is incredibly rewarding for everyone concerned.
Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey for many people, especially at the beginning. If you can surround yourself with entrepreneurs who are committed to making their business work for them and help them through their times of trial and doubt, you’ll find that you will be supported when you need it most. This is the wonder of the law of reciprocity
It’s incredible what people can achieve when someone believes in them. Just think about, ‘Have you ever had someone believe in you? What did that do for you?’
Everybody is different and we all have different needs. The way I like to be supported is different from the way you like to be supported.
When we really care about supporting someone, it is paramount to care about how they want and need to be supported and to let go of being so adamant that our way is the only way.
In the acrobranching course, there are several obstacles, followed by zip lining (that’s the really, REALLY fun part). In business, we have breakthroughs and milestones that we reach. It’s important to celebrate them and appreciate our progress, but it’s equally important to stay focused on the long-term goal, whether it’s finishing the course, or growing your business to a certain size.
Enjoy the rewards on the path, but also know that it’s not the end and more challenging times will come.
You don’t need to rush it, and you may even get hurt if you do, whether physically while climbing, or hurt your business by not being vigilant. One of my favourite quotes is:
‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’ – Lao Tzu
I was not prepared for the outing, at all. I thought we were going to do some zip lining, some walking and some swimming, but nothing could have mentally prepared me for what was about to unfold that morning.
I thought I had a fear of heights. When I’d been rock climbing the previous year, I really didn’t enjoy the experience because of my fear of heights. While acrobranching, I realised that I no longer had the fear and thoroughly enjoyed it. But if I didn’t say yes to the opportunity, I would not know how great it can be.
In business, if you don’t go for the opportunities that are presented to you, you’ll never know how great it can be and how great your life can be.
Which one of these observations resonates with you? Have you ever been acrobranching and can see where I’m coming from? Love hearing from you!
Love & light,