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Zayn Malik wrote, “There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” In business and in life, it’s important to acknowledge the big picture and take it into account when making decisions and choosing our  emotional response to our circumstances.

The stories we tell ourselves about our circumstances and our options are often limited by shortsightedness based on desperation, ego, cash flow, conditioning, peer group or fear. Like the religious leader who walked onto the stage with a very long rope, six inches at the end of which was painted red. He said that we tend to be over concerned with the six inches – our life on earth – instead of taking eternity into consideration.

This brings to mind people who get emotionally locked in to their businesses they are involved with, to the extent that they don’t see when it is in serious decline, so they ride that horse long after it has died and lose everything. The same people should have jumped ship and found an alternative before they got into financial trouble. It’s dangerous to become emotionally attached when it comes to business. Timing is everything when planning your life and business.

The Buddha said that “all conditioned things are impermanent – when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.” Being able to maintain an objective view of things, to hold two opposing views in mind at the same time in order to logically consider both, is a sign of intelligence, experience and maturity. Raphael E. Pino wrote, “The eternal perspective of the gospel leads us to understand the place that we occupy in God’s plan.”

Naturally, when taking advice from someone, always check if they have a vested interest in the outcome of their advice. One can’t put a price on the value of experience, and we can borrow perspective from those more experienced than we are, but don’t take advice from someone who is more messed up than you are.

Finally, it’s never too late to start over. When you think you have no more options and no more hope, especially in business, I promise you there are always solutions and options you may not be aware of.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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