While starting a new business it is easy to get lost in the details and completely immerse yourself in whatever the focus of that business may be. When I am not directly learning about coffee or cocktails, practicing technique or testing possible menu items, the storm of coffee and cocktail thoughts never stop flowing. I sometimes feel that because I have so much riding on a particular outcome, my goal is the only thing that matters. This thinking keeps me focused, but leads to way more stress than it is worth.
At some point yesterday I had a realization that helped me out a lot so hopefully it will be helpful to others. I thought back over the past several months of working to make Slipstream real and for maybe the first time looked at the big picture. I realized how far I came from making the decision with Miranda on our couch in San Francisco. In each moment on the journey you feel overwhelmed and like you have no control. You feel like you have no idea what you are doing. Then when you look back you realize how far you traveled and how much you learned. It gives you hope that the uneasiness and fear you currently feel will likely turn out alright.
Even more importantly, starting this business has reminded me how lucky I am to have so many great friends and family members in my life. Sometimes along your journey it is easy to feel alone, but that is usually far from the case. I am continually shocked at the support that I receive without even asking. It reminds me how lucky I am and their faith in me gives me the confidence to keep pushing forward.
The above lesson is not specific to starting a business. Take a minute to look at the big picture; it may help put today’s worries in perspective. If that doesn’t work, just take a stroll around DC and enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms!