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Being Prepared for the Expected

16 Jun

The techie and I started this business more than two years back. Since then we haven’t taken a holiday together. Primarily because the team and business itself needed one of us to be physically available everyday and on call for 24 hours. This week, goaded by concerned family members, we made a decision to take a family holiday sometime in the next two months. We are looking at locations less than an hour’s flight away, in case we need fly back in a hurry. We can’t be inaccessible since we have moved on to a new stage of growth and have multiple negotiations going on. All said and done, this is still a milestone, in terms of the team handling our current business being able to manage on their own for 4-5 days.

This is a big moment for new entrepreneurs like us, who know that we have to remove ourselves from day-to-day operations in order to focus on new business and avoid spreading ourselves too thin. The reason we are cautious is that we have too much invested in this business, on a personal and professional level, to take bets unless they are completely hedged. The cautiousness and hesitation seems similar to what I felt this morning.

Today, V insisted that the techie and I both drop her off at school. Normally it’s just one of us, usually me. I was a bit uncomfortable wondering if she was going back to being the clingy child that she was when we started play-school. Her normal routine, at the new school starts with a prolonged session of kissing, hugging and byes at the classroom door; followed a couple of loving backward glances and finishing with a peek, flying kiss and wave out the window after she stores her lunch bag in the designated cubbyhole. This morning started out the same and after the kisses I waited apprehensively for the backward glance to turn into a run back and clingy crying. I was left waiting as my baby strolled into class stowed away her lunch, chatted with her teacher and settled herself next to her new best friend. Poor mommy waited in vain at the window for her flying kiss.

Was I ready for this change. NO. Is this the same reluctance that’s holding me back from the family holiday or are the two incomparable?

It’s highly probable that the team will exceed our expectations during those 5 days. However, we plan to hedge that particular bet through training and streamlining the systems even further in the next two weeks.

Your Thoughts:

Have you ever been unprepared for (planned and expected) changes that happen sooner than you expect?

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12 responses to “Being Prepared for the Expected

  1. Sanjana

    June 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

    damn i never prepare for anything!

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Hehehe….I was the same and then life happened

       
  2. Mrs Rocker

    June 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

    In life, and especially as parents, there are so many things to feel guilty about. Taking the time to recharge your batteries should not be one of them. Take a break, enjoy it and then get back to the grindstone. Your time and expense on a holiday would have been wasted if you don’t try to “switch off” for that period and use it to its full. Most of all, take time to have fun!

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      I completely agree with your point on the expense being wasted (I guess I’m doomed to be the eternal accountant). I’m going to try my best to prepare for the holiday.

       
  3. Keri

    June 19, 2011 at 10:10 am

    You need this vacation. It may even be an emergency. All work, no play and then what? You don’t need luck, you have been working hard at planned opportunism.. which is what luck is in my book. Go forth and vacate!

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you Keri, you warm my heart 🙂

       
  4. Lynn from For Love or Funny

    June 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Growth can never happen without change; I’m glad you’re trying to think of a way to get out of your comfort zone and go away for a holiday. You deserve a break!

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      That’s a nice way of looking at it. Now I’m all charged up to enjoy this holiday.

       
  5. Crystal

    June 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What a great analogy. I love it! Change is hard, but always ends up being amazing in the end.

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Like they say “change is the only constant”.

       
  6. Elisa

    June 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

    ehm… always? Ok, maybe not always, but often – especially when it comes to parenting.

    But change can be great for us, it can make us open up to face new challenges. Sure, we don’t see it that way at first 😉

    Best of luck on both counts!

     
    • nmaha

      June 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Elisa. Parenting has been my biggest teacher.

       

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