Like the song says…
As many of you know, I am a Texas gal. While I may have lost the accent (and some of the pig-headed attitudes), I still love me some twangy music. As I was thinking of my fellow MOB pals and what I might write about today, I heard this song strumming through my brain:
“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em,. know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”
Yep, I just quoted “The Gambler” by Kenny Rodgers! I tend more towards Willie or Lucinda than Kenny but he does have something relevant to say to us.
Your business is always in some part of a cycle, just like a card game.
When you are shuffling the cards, you are likely beginning something new and it is time to be open and patient, waiting to see how the hand is dealt. Once you have your cards, you have more clarity and only then is the time right to begin strategizing.
If you are like me, you might get stuck in the strategy phase, feeling compelled to constantly play your cards, to keep up with the pace of entrepreneurship. However, knowing when to fold or toss your cards in and re-shuffle is important as well.
Recently I had that very experience. I am writing a self-growth book for women about self-nurture and I was busy in the active phase of writing, trying to ignore a deep feeling that I need to pause and re-shuffle (research).
I finally listened, took off work for a few days and headed out to Breitenbush Hot Springs with my laptop and research materials. And just as my gut knew all along, my idea re-bloomed with even more clarity.
I encourage you to do the same. Know when to hold ‘em – or fold ‘em. Pay careful attention to what phase your business or current venture is in and remember to let go as needed.
Savannah Mayfield is the mom of two boys and a freelance writer and life coach in Portland, Oregon. Find out more about her work at Nurture Life Coaching.