I’m a believer in the power of music, to the point that I have a very specific “Pump-Up Playlist” I’ve put together to listen to on my morning commute every day. I feel that coming in to work energized, positive and optimistic sets the tone for my day, the sales floor, and the company in general. It’s why I don’t listen to the news in my car or talk on the phone on my way to the office if I can help it at all. I spend that time focused on getting in the zone. That is my 20 minute mental vacation from everything else in my life.
Through that process, and my constantly updating playlist, there are, at times, songs that stick out and have greater meaning for me. Right now, that song is Sia’s “The Greatest.” The song itself is fantastic, an up-tempo tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, and watching the video gives me goosebumps. But the part that stands out, every single time I listen to it, is one line.
“Uh oh, I see another mountain to climb, but I got stamina.”
As I look back on 2016, a year that has tested me more than any other, (which I addressed in a blog a few weeks ago), I feel like this song speaks to my life, and the life of any business owner. The one thing you need – more than creativity, more than business knowledge, more than ambition – is stamina.
Owning a business is a grind. And seven years into this business, I find myself digging into my reserves on a regular basis. In fact, I find my reserves are deeper than I ever imagined them to be. When I get down, when I feel exhausted, if my company or my family needs me, I find another gear. I get a second wind. I pick up another step. Whatever cliché works for you.
No matter how steep the climb, you find the inner resolve to make it to the top. You might not get there quickly, and it most certainly won’t be pretty, but you’ll get there.
And when you finish that climb, and what you thought was a flat road ahead suddenly surges upward to the sky into yet another mountain, you take a deep breath, dig deep and start again.
by Lacy Starling, President and Fearless Leader