“Right, off we go.”
Car struggles off and out onto the Fosse Way – the fastest road around these parts – and loses power.
“Shite. What’s going on? Oh, great timing, Chuck. Great timing. After I’ve just spent £500 on your brakes, too.”
Car behind starts flashing me.
“Yeah, yeah, do you not think there’s a problem? That perhaps I’m not slowing down and struggling along on purpose?”
Hazard lights go on, car lurches to the side of the road, I put the handbrake…
The handbrake is already on.
There’s nothing wrong with my car. There is, apparently, something wrong with my brain.
That’s those first impressions again – would have made me feel much less stupid and annoying if I hadn’t just assumed there was a big problem with the car… My brain often jumps to the most catastrophic / annoying / complicated solution first. I’m trying to train myself to think simple first, but under pressure that doesn’t always happen.
Take a close look at a situation before you panic; it’s often not nearly as bad as it first looks…
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Got a story for you tomorrow from my mate Mo, about how not to treat your best clients and customers…
PPS Grab a copy of my book here and start calming your business fears.