It's Halloween tonight.
It's also the night before the official start to the holiday season for carts and kiosks in the malls.
Tonight, long after the kiddies have collected their candy and have gotten cozy in their beds... many of us will be hard at work, setting up our carts and kiosks for 'opening day' tomorrow.
It can be an exciting time, especially if you are getting ready to open your business for the first time. And at times seem a little overwhelming.
I recall one night shortly before I opening my first cart... coming home after a long day putting up help-wanted flyers and all of a sudden feeling very overwhelmed.
All of a sudden it felt like there was too MUCH to do, and not nearly enough time to do it in.
All of a sudden it felt like there was no way I would be able to get everything done in time.
Rather than wallow in that feeling, I picked up the phone and called my little brother. As I started to explain what was going on, he interrupted me and would have none of it...
'Do other people succeed with these things?' he asked me.
'Yes', I answered.
'Is there anything THEY can do, that YOU can't?'
'No', I answered again.
'Well then get over yourself, get out your list, and get going on what's next.
Put your focus on what you can do NOW.'
It was just the slap on the fact that I needed.
After our call, I got out my to do list, focused on what was next, and just started knocking things off. I got my cart open on time, and went on to have great results.
Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill once said,
'It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.'
What's the next link in YOUR chain of destiny to be handled?
If at some point this holiday season you find yourself feeling overwhelmed... take a step back, and simply focus on what you can do next!
The Kiosk Expert