I recently went overseas with the family and found there are so many lessons in travelling that could be applied to the way I operate my business and wanted to share some of them with you.
1. Ask for help
By the time we got through customs in Japan and completed the 1 hour train ride to our closest accommodation station, it was late at night and we were all exhausted. Before I left, I recorded the directions to our Air BNB and it was only a 7 min walk from the station, however, my brain was starting to power down so I asked a local. Seeing we were all over it, he so kindly offered to walk us to the address personally and without him, we would have had much difficulty finding our home. You don’t know everything and it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Get advice from those who know what they’re doing to reach your destination more effectively.
We only had 1 week in Tokyo and wanted to see as much of it as we could but we needed to plan around the kids as it wouldn’t be much fun dragging around a cranky toddler and bub while sightseeing. So, we made a list of the things we wanted to see/experience and picked the top 5. Although this meant we didn’t get to see everything, we still managed to get a great sample and didn’t break the kids in the process. The lesson? Decide what is most important to you and set realistic expectations. If you achieve anything more than that, it’s a bonus.
3. Enjoy the journey
Some of my favourite moments from our holiday were in the least expected times. Like the excitement on my son’s face when we hopped on an open topped bus or my daughters delight when she had her own mini ice cream to smear everywhere. My point is, take the time to enjoy the smaller moments on your journey. At the end of each month, reflect on your wins (big or small) and celebrate. Having your own business is a long tough road, try to enjoy it.
4. Rely on your team
Our flight home was an overnighter. As a parent, this was a massive risk knowing that if you’re child doesn’t sleep, neither will you. Before the flight, my husband and I had a plan; if only one child sleeps, we won’t tag team. One parent will fully rest on the flight and the other will remain awake. I’m not a great sleeper on the plane and my husband falls asleep on a ski boat so I took the sword.
As expected, my bub barely slept. So I spent the better part of 5 hours keeping her happy knowing that when we land, I could rest my eyes and my husband would take over.
We prepared for the worst and hoped for the best and even though it was nearly worst-case scenario, we came together as a team and overcame the challenge.
Although you wear many hats, you cannot do everything. Work with your team to get the best outcome and lighten your load.
5. Be content with your best
Finally, a long plane flight with 2 young children can be a real test. On the way over, my 1 year old wasn’t happy. She was over tired and fussy and made sure everyone knew about it.
We got our fair share of glares and huffs as we tried our best to settle her and it wasn’t great, but I felt a sense of calm knowing that we were doing our best and that’s all I could ask.
Your business will go through challenging times. You will be tested and trialled.
Give it your best shot and accept the outcome as you cannot ask for anything more.