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27May/12Off

Why the Rearview Mirror is Small

I thought it was time to break radio silence since it's been 2 months since my last blog post. Coincidentally, I was inspired again by Joel Osteen this morning. He used a driving analogy that I, of course, couldn't pass up.

He talked about the rearview mirror being small and the front windshield being large because your past is not nearly as important as your future. Have you been stuck in the past and looking to it for meaning too often in your life?

No matter what your belief system, if you're reading this blog, you probably believe that there is something greater than you that plays a role in your life. Sometimes our beliefs are shaken when we don't reach a goal we've had for a long time. We figure, "I've been working hard. I deserve this. Why haven't I "made it" yet?".

I have been going through this period recently. For the past 9 years, I've been running a Web development business (Data-Scribe) with my husband. It has sustained us, helped us meet a lot of people, and improved our technical and business skills. Last year, we ran into numerous challenges with some of our team members, clients, and the business overall. It just didn't make sense. Why were we running into all this when we should be at the stage where we are skating along and everything is going perfectly?

We realized that what we wanted and needed from our business had changed, but we hadn't changed the business accordingly. When we started our business, the goal was for us to work together more. Instead, in order to keep up with demand over the years, we had to hire more people, take on more projects, and ultimately work together less. These challenges we confronted last year were showing us that we needed to regroup.

After much discussion and strategizing, we started a new arm to our business, Kindigo Point Consulting, which lets us work together and strategize with our clients. We realized how much we had missed working together and playing off of each other's strengths.

So, to bring it back to where I started, I am loving my rearview mirror. Instead of looking back and seeing problems and things we should have done differently, I am seeing how we are building upon our past experience to do something different where we are happier and more successful. We still do our Data-Scribe work, but we are doing it differently. Also, we have another element, Kindigo Point Consulting, that feels even more authentic to us.

I hope this post has inspired you to look to your past in a different way. How can your past (the good, the bad, and the ugly) help you in the future? What are you working so hard to achieve even if it no longer makes sense to do so? What can you change to make your career or business feel more authentic?

About Leila Johnson

Rev. Leila Johnson's book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, is a spiritual retreat for overachieving entrepreneurs and professionals who want to redefine the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Since 2003, Leila has worked for Data-Scribe, a firm that builds Websites for professional service firms and their partners while helping them make educated decisions about the Web. As part of her journey on the road of life, Leila has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and in the Metaphysical Sciences. She also holds her Master of Divinity and is an ordained reverend. Prior to starting her business, Leila worked as a call center coach, curriculum developer, and trainer in the financial and insurance industries.
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