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Lawn Care Business Tip: How To Bounce Back From Anything

Resilience is such a powerful word for the lawn care maintenance business industry. A character trait needed by all of us. The dictionary defines it as the ability to return to original form after being bent, stretched or compressed. Its the ability to bounce back from any adversity we face.

Lets just keep it simple.

Resilience in the arena of the lawn and landscaping industry means being able to withstand setbacks, broken hearts and broken dreams, financial crisis, etc.

What would you do if you ran into a problem that cost you everything? How would you handle that? What would your next step be? How long would you cross your arms and be angry at the world? What would it take for you to pull yourself up and stir yourself to start all over again? How much resilience do you have?

Here are 3 ingredients to bouncing back from anything you face.

1.) Faith

You would first need to believe you could do it. We rarely attempt anything we don't believe is possible for us. It would take a lot of trust in God to move forward.

2.) Self Reliance

It would take a lot of self reliance not to point fingers and play the blame game. It doesn't matter if what happened was your fault. All that matters is that your actions after the fact determine your future.

3.) Discipline

You would have to dig deep within yourself to get going and to keep moving forward every day. You'd have to focus and concentrate on the goal ahead. It would take a lot of discipline to balance the fear and the worry with the knowledge that, if you did it once, you can do it all over again. You can succeed.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from anything you face in your lawn business. Regardless of what you face, big or small, you have to bounce back. Even if you just lost a huge client. One of your biggest ones. This client accounts for more than 30% of your gross revenue.

Yes, losing this client is going to hit you hard. Losing this client is going to leave a negative ripple effect for a while.

As my mentor instructed me, the first thing you do is analyze why you lost this business. What did you do or not do? How are you responsible? Don't go yelling at an employee or another associate. That's unprofessional.

Trust me. You’ll lose respect. And respect is hard to regain once you’ve lost it, whether it’s the respect of those you work with, your trusted colleagues or your valuable support people. You have to approach the situation intelligently and ascertain how to bounce back.

Look at the situation. Analyze it. Then work out a plan to bounce back and get the lost business back. You can’t sit back and dwell on what’s happened. As they say, "That's water under the bridge." You’ve got to get back into the game and recapture what’s been taken from you.

My mentor told me that children who grow up in terrible circumstances and later become successful are known as “dandelion children.” If they can succeed and prosper with terrible conditions, they can grow anywhere. It’s important to be more like a dandelion child. To be able to grow and prosper and succeed despite our current conditions. To be able to grow and prosper and succeed despite our losses. To be resilient.

Building a resilient character turns what others would call failure into success. It turns the bad into the good. A resilient person just won't quit. A resilient person will, in spite of everything they face, keep doing it until they accomplish their goals.

The more trials and tribulations you face and defeat with your lawn mowing business, the more resiliency you will naturally develop. There is nothing that can hold you back if you can bounce back.

Until next time...


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