Interview Patty

Orienting to the Sea

October 31, 2023

A very wise colleague recently shared her thoughts about how to orient yourself to something new, as you’re managing a transition in your life or business. She believes this reorienting is the key to letting go of the ‘old’ stuff.

“I get that, and I’ve lived that!” I said. “I just didn’t realize that was what I was doing – reorienting.”

“Yes, every phase of our life requires a different mindset and skill set - a perspective shift” she shared.

That made so much sense to me! I’ve long known that starting a business, building a business, and transitioning to exit each employs a different mindset and skill set. It’s a progressive evolution that allows the successful business owner to embrace a different relationship with uncertainty.

Speaking of uncertainty, I recently shared my vision and concerns about future-proofing your business.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s next for your business, whether it’s expansion, new markets, or positioning for your exit, that’s the essence of the important conversation I’m creating.

The What's Next Roundtable™: An Interactive Conversation for Women Experts Who Wonder What’s Next for Their Business.

If you’d like to attend the Roundtable on November 2, 2023, please read on…


Today’s Question:

How can you effectively reorient yourself to something new, especially if you consider the transition that created this situation to be ‘bad’, like an illness or business setback?

But Here’s the Twist . . .

My wise colleague asked me to close my eyes and imagine I’m sitting in a wooden rowboat, far from shore.

She asked me what I saw: a beautiful beach with the waves breaking on the shore.

She asked me how I felt: peaceful and comfortable, looking forward to resting on the warm sand later. “Right, that’s what you know” she said.

“Now imagine you turn the boat in the opposite direction. What do you see and how do you feel?” she asked.

“Eek! Now I see endless ocean and big waves. I suddenly feel cold and scared.”

“Right, that’s the uncertainty we feel with a change in perspective” my wise friend answered. “Just like sitting in that boat, we feel small, adrift, and vulnerable.

Now What?

Even in a transition you consider ‘bad’, like a business setback, you have choices. You can choose to let the situation wear you down or motivate you to move in a new direction.

You can choose to get outside help, make significant changes, or shift your perspective.

Speaking of choices, I invite you to attend The What's Next Roundtable™: An Interactive Conversation for Women Experts Who Wonder What’s Next for Their Business.

There is no cost to attend and there will be no pitches. We'll have an informal panel to foster the conversation and opportunities for attendees to interact with each other.

I firmly believe – and have built my business around – the idea that business success and wealth in the hands of women elevates society as a whole. 

It concerns me that very few women are planning for what’s next. That leaves our life’s work, our impact, and our legacy in the hands of fate. We may be just one bad diagnosis away from losing our business entirely. I’ve been there. 

In my view, this is a much-needed discussion we may be putting off, busy handling all the things right in front of us. Now is the time to think and talk about ‘what's next’ for your business.

If you'd like to join the conversation, please complete the Exit Readiness Index™ (ERI) with this assessment: http://she-exits.com/

You’ll receive an email with your ERI results and a link to register for the Roundtable, which is on November 2, 2023 at 10 am Central, for 90 minutes.

Your results provide the foundation for the discussion, so please bring your ERI Category to the Roundtable.

Even if you are not interested in exiting your business, this will help you figure out where you are on your business journey and give you some ideas about building real business value.

This clearer picture will inform your ‘what’s next’. I'm excited to see you on November 2!

All the best, Patty

P.S. Remember to complete the Exit Readiness Index™ with this assessment: http://she-exits.com/ Once you do, you'll receive your results and a link to register for the Roundtable.

P.S. Are you giving 'invisible' discounts to prospects who didn't ask for them? The anxiety you feel when talking with a potential client leaks out when you slash your price because you're afraid you'll lose the opportunity if you don't.  

I’ve broken down exactly why this 'discount dilemma' happens in an exclusive training called The Value Equation, which you can get for FREE by signing up for the bonuses that are companion pieces for my book, Your Hidden Advantage.

Patty Block

My life’s work is empowering high-achieving women business owners to fine-tune their operations and scale their revenue for strategic growth, creating real business value and emerging exit ready. That value can transform into wealth when they are ready to exit their company - and I believe that wealth in the hands of women elevates society as a whole.

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