Positioning Yourself for Business Growth No Matter What Happens on the Home Front

Late 2011 my husband was rushed to the hospital. He had developed a blood clot that was over four feet long. The clot expanded from his right ankle up into his groin. After a quick search on Google, which was a lot more honest than the doctors, I learned that any part of that clot could break loose and travel to his vital organs and kill him. In fact, many people die of blood clots every year.

My husband is not only my husband, but also my personal assistant and childcare provider. I was just about to launch my big book that is based on my business philosophy, and ready to launch my YouTube TV show: www.bizonyourterms.tv and had just signed the biggest deals in the history of my business.

What to do when a close loved one becomes critically ill?

What to do when something like this happens is deeply personal, and the right answer for each person is unique. After tearfully and practically looking at the situation, I realized whether my husband died or lived, I still needed to support the family. If I let my company slide, not only would the business suffer, but ultimately so would my eight children. Facing the facts head-on, I decided the best thing for everyone concerned was to first do what I needed to do to get my husband the care he required to save his life. Then secondly, do what I needed to do to keep the business afloat.

Habits Save the Business

After making the hard decision to keep working and honor the commitments that I had already made, I became very grateful that I had spent years practicing what I preach. I teach to prioritize the top three things that needed to be done in the business, and get them done no matter what each day.

After talking to my husband and getting clear on his condition, I would outline the “Must dos” for each day to meet all my responsibilities. Then I would prioritize how to accomplish them, whether it was to pack the materials needed into my bag I took with me to the hospital, or organize for the numbers I needed to call when he was busy with tests.

The habit of taking action on the most important things in my business was easy to do during this hard time because I was used to doing them under situations that were a lot less stressful.

Look for the Holes and Fill Them

I don’t wish this kind of drama on anyone, but one of the benefits of having this happen was that I learned very quickly where the holes in my business and home life were and what needed a better plan of action. My biggest hole was childcare and not having a back up plan. Fortunately for our children and me, I was able to figure out an alternative that served my kids and was less traumatic to them in time for me to meet my obligations. (I even had three minutes to spare!)

If challenging obstacles that rock your ability to run your business show up, take them as opportunities to figure out a better plan for now and in the future.

Don’t Listen to Others

During a crisis, we all have our ways of handling things. If you are a pleaser, you are in trouble when the crisis comes. Everyone has their opinion, and not all of them will serve your unique circumstances.

In my situation, some people wouldn’t believe a mother would still work and do work at the hospital. But if I was a man I am sure that would have been viewed differently. It was a good thing that I am used to rocking the boat and to stand for my own truth, not theirs.

I would have never imagined when he first went into the hospital that I would have to fight hard for five months, two critical surgeries, and six hospital stays to save my husband’s life. Not only was his life spared but so was my business.

Habits Win in the End

Working on solid habits and getting rid of personal struggles, like the tendency of being a pleaser, tendency had served me. So did repositioning the holes that revealed themselves as well as learning a new way of doing things. We don’t know what is coming in our future, but developing solid habits will give us the skills needed to weather any trouble that comes our way.

I have been helping entrepreneurs and business owners grow their business and balance the needs of home for over 18 years. Being a mother of 8, author of 20 books, former radio show host, and an award winning speaker, I can show you that balance and success is not only possible but vital to make more money, have more free time to be there for your family. Claim my free gift and Discover how to Grow Your Business on Your Own Terms Today at http://BizOnYourTerms.com

© Step It Up Enterprises, Inc

Sign Up for Lisa Peck's Newsletter:
Lisa has written a number of books that can help you "Step It Up" in your life.
Lisa's blog is frequently updated with free tips and advice to help you improve your life.
Sign Up for the
Step It Up Queen Blog
Sign Up Now!