Tibetan Buddhist Monks spend countless hours creating intricate sand mandalas only to sweep them away, symbolizing that nothing is permanent. Change is the only constant.
When starting a business, or a new job, we don’t really know what will work; but it’s so easy to get attached to our ideas. We have a vision in our head of just how everything should be. Maybe it’s all laid out in a business plan. Just how often does everything go exactly the way we think it will? In my life that answer is almost never. Over and over again I’ve had the rug pulled out from under me and found the need to adapt and let go of how I thought things were going to be.
If you’ve been in business for awhile now you know things change. Customers move, trends change, employees come and go, technology changes, the economy changes. If you become attached to what was once successful and never change your business model or product offering mostly likely your business will suffer.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon
Non-attachment allows you and your business to pursue new possibilities, new opportunities. For me, having that rug pulled out has led to some very powerful moments. I’ve kicked and screamed and cried and learned to be grateful for life’s upheavals. When you look at every experience as one of learning, you know that with each bump you become more prepared to make the most of the next opportunity.
Failure is impossible when you employ non-attachment. The concept of failure is an attachment to a specific path or outcome. You already know from life experience that everything is fluid, everything changes. Bumps are part of the journey, non-attachment allows them to beneficial rather than disastrous. Being attached to being of service to your customers and employees, and non-attached to the exact path to that outcome will allow you to grow your business in the face of never ending change.