Being in business is hard; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s a roller coaster of highs and lows, and there will be a constant barrage of obstacles along the way. It’s not that they won’t be there but what makes a successful business owner Vs another is often the way they approach an obstacle and their mindset when they do.

I was discussing this with a client just last week. His view was nothing had really changed in his business or the market, but his success had come when his mindset about challenges changed from a problem to an opportunity to be creative, use his skill, be a disruptor and embrace the challenge. Like with all things in life whether you believe you “can” or “can’t” you are right. It’s your mindset that changes it.

If you are a planner, not putting your head in the sand, taking ownership of the issues that you are faced with, you can overcome most things in life.

So face it head-on, look at the options, what’s in your control and what’s not, how can you influence it and do you have a step by step plan.

Often I’m working with people to be the sounding board when confronted by challenges or opportunities, a second set of eyes or ears in the business to help see things without the day to day baggage or emotion that surrounds our own decision-making process. So step back, take a deep breath, take a pause, don’t instantly react and potentially get a second opinion. It’s amazing what can be overcome when you have the mindset and team to challenge it.