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Start something new.

Start something new.

Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard

Spring is a time of new beginnings. Start something you have been wanting to do. Perhaps it’s a new business or hobby? If you really want it, don’t take no for an answer. When I started my second busi­ness which was Italian coffee shops, I thought it was going to be easier than my first venture. As it turned out, it was not. From the get-go I faced many obstacles. Eventually things worked out. With a partner, I was able to launch Fego Café and build a chain of these restaurants.

Over the years I have observed that we tend to see obstacles as an excuse to blame others such as our bosses, the economy, our politicians or our family. In fact, sometimes the only factor at fault is our own attitude and approach. Crises destroy the weak people but the strong survive and the exceptional find ways to improve and thrive.

Every day we face challenges and seemly insurmountable obstacles such as working in a pandemic. It can cause us to blame; be negative; be fearful and stop us from reaching our goals. I am here to remind you that there is a better way of thinking. Change your mindset. Instead of seeing an obstacle in your path, see it as an opportunity to find a better solution. “The obstacle is the way. Use it to strengthen not weaken.” – Ryan Holiday.

The next time you face an obstacle that scares you, stop for moment, and breathe deeply. Take control of your emotions, and look to see if you can find more than one way to solve the issue. Put things in perspective and find the opportunities. Remember endless obstacles enter our lives, sometimes even on a daily basis. It’s not the end of the world. Control the things you can control and let the rest work themselves out. With practice, this will become easier. It will preserve your health and let you sleep at night. It did for me.

As we “spring forward” one hour for daylight savings, we will have more time after work to pursue new endeavors and enjoy life. No excuses. The end of April marks the close of the first quarter.
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy

I wish everyone a Happy Easter!

– Ralph