Coping with Good Run Anxiety…

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Have you ever had the feeling that everything is going well… too well, in fact – and you’re waiting for something bad to happen, something that you haven’t accounted for, something that will break this good run?

The question is How should you go about handling that type of feeling?

Should you worry about whatever it is that might happen, what might be coming up or what might be around the corner?


Should you embrace the good run and be wise enough to know that all good runs, and therefore all bad runs, never last forever?

In the last decade of consulting with many business owners I can tell you categorically that not only SHOULD you embrace the good runs to the fullest, but you MUST embrace them to the fullest. And here’s why:

When a bad run hits – and it always does – see it for what it is, then deal with it, get through it, learn from it, discover the opportunities it presents, and then get ready to enjoy your next good run.

After all, they always come about too.

If you’re into golf, like me…you’re going to love this analogy. If you’ve tried golf and don’t like it, this might well change your mind – at the very least you’ll learn an extremely powerful success technique, which I’ve used and shared with my small business owners.

I want you to imagine that you’re at one of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet.
Imagine that you’re stepping up to a par three hole (par = the number of shots a first-class player should normally require for a particular hole).

It has a majestic view.

You’ve just walked onto the tee off box and you notice that it sits perched high above the green like an eagle hovering over its prey. It gives you a powerful, lofty feeling. It’s 161 metres to the pin and simply breathtaking – the view, the height, the warm caressing breeze. It intoxicates you. BUT…

Between you and the green is an area known as ‘Death Valley’. There’s nothing there but molasses-thick, snake-ridden grassland, so thick that if your ball lands within an inch of its grasp, it is as good as consumed forever!

Up until this point you’ve had a good run – you’ve played some of your best ever golf – but now this beautiful, yet mentally menacing, par three is weaving fear and doubt into your psyche. You face it with the belief that this could be the hole that puts an end to your good run.

Now what?

You really have only two choices. Well, three really.

The first one is to stop playing. Walk away right now, knowing you’ve played one of your best rounds…Some people do this in business.

They are so scared that a good run in business will end in disaster that they just stop playing the game of business. They retreat and play instead a lesser game of ‘safety’.

The second option is to step up and play your shot full of all of the hazards in your mind. You approach the markers on the tee off area and you clearly see the potential disaster that will end your good run. Now, your all consuming thought becomes, ‘I’ve gotta hit this over Death Valley. I’ve gotta hit this over Death Valley…’

What do you think will happen?

Right! You’ll most likely hit your ball straight into the hungry mouth of Death Valley. It knew you would and you knew you would – it was a foregone conclusion long before you even hit the damn ball!

People say ‘positive thinking’ will get you through such circumstances. I don’t agree.

You can give yourself all the positive thoughts in the world before you hit the ball, but if the last thought that goes through your mind is, ‘Don’t go into Death Valley’, that is exactly where your ball will end up.

Your third option, and it’s the solution to coping with Good Run Anxiety and producing the best run you’ve ever had in business and in life, is the following:

Step up to the tee off area. Marvel at the expansive beauty of the hole including the beauty of the hazards, accepting that they are all part of the picture you are seeing.

Accept that it IS a possibility, that you MAY stuff up…and then LET GO.

Once you let go of the possibility (and it’s a real possibility that you might stuff up), you are free to focus on the other possibility – the possibility that you will hit one of the sweetest shots of your life, which is actually quite probable as you’ve been playing well so far anyway!

Accept that you’re on a good run right now. No one knows how long it will last. And accept that bad runs are possible. Once you accept this as a possibility, you set yourself free to enjoy and embrace the good run that IS happening to you right now.

Accept the possibility, let go of it, free up your mind and let the good run continue.
To think anything else would defeat the reason you went into business: to have a bigger life.
You can only control the controllables, let go of everything else.

There can be no bigger life if your time is spent worrying about something that is out of your control.

Our way of doing things is unique and it’s why it produces unique results for our clients…

We would love the opportunity to help you clear your head on what is the right way for you to accelerate your business… 

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One of the most valuable activities you can do as a business owner and sales professional is to build relationships with people. High quality relationships are not built around a desk.

Try this: Identify the biggest 20% of the relationships you have in your business and go out there and talk to them. Get rid of your desk for 14 days and do just that.

Connect up with your top clients/prospects/centres of influence and see what comes of it. I assure you, you’ll get rid of your desk in an instant on the 15th day.

My accountant did just that, except he didn’t wait until the 15th day. He did it on the first day he heard about this lesson.

It’s what I truly admire about him. Many people over-analyseo an idea, and they do that as a habit over many things in their business. As a consequence they delay progress. They become their own worst enemies in moving their business forward.

Here’s what my accountant did:

Despite having a schedule full of client appointments the next day, it didn’t stop him from removing his desk, removing all shelving, removing all cabinets and removing all traces of paperwork. All he had left in the room was his trusty whiteboard on the wall and four chairs.

No desk.



Our way of doing things may or may not be right for you…

Either way, it’s always good to get a second opinion on your business situation.

Let’s have an off the record chat about your current situation…click this link to see what time best suits you.

Wayne Hutcheson

P.S. Ask if our Boardroom Program intake is open for enrolments…limited to 8 Businesses.


About the Author:

Wayne Hutcheson is a Coach of the highly regarded Grow Business Grow Boardroom Program. He works closely with a hand full of clients to help them achieve growth in their business and to enjoy 'guilt-free' time away from their business without it affecting their profitability.
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