When times are tough, it’s a lot harder to believe our own
Anyone can self-rationalize when there’s money in the bank,
clients in the pipeline and projects in the works. That’s like riding a bicycle
downhill and assuming our legs are strong.
But when the phone stops ringing, when the obligations start
accumulating, and when we’re not sure where the next check is coming from,
there’s only so much manure we can shovel. Eventually, we have to get radically
honest with ourselves about what’s working and what’s not. And we have to wake
up to what’s true about ourselves at the risk of seeing something we couldn’t
see back when business was good.
Otherwise, under the weight of our own delusions — even if
we’ve managed to convince the rest of the world that everything is going fine
— we’ll know the reality. We’ll still have to look at ourselves in the mirror
And it might not be a pretty sight.