It has almost been a year now when we look back at when the economic slide really started to pick up speed and acknowledgment from most businesses.
There will certainly be more speed bumps and hurdles to get over but at this time let’s take a hard look at the positives.Â Â If you have survived this long you have to continue doing whatever it takes to weather the storm.
What lessons have we learned?
For me it has been very clear for those of you that have focused on your core business and core customer your business has been stable and in a number of cases actually increased over the last year.Â If this has not been true for you then it is time to challenge your business model; you will not surviveÂ this downturn without change and adjustment.
The month of April we have had a Foot Solutions store set a new all time high record month.Â This was a store in the middle of the pack that broke free and showed what could happen when one does not accept the doom and gloom from the media and naysayers.
Actually when I look at some of the changes, there have been Foot Solutions store closures and failures.Â Let’s look at it from a different perspective – it has been relatively stable for about seven years prior to this economic downturn.Â Put seven years of adjustments into the equation and it looks a little different.Â This is almost a natural progression of what must happen for a business to succeed and continue.
In life there will always be speed bumps and issues to overcome.Â The good news is we can and are working through the issues we all face and the potential for our future is actually brighter and more positive than it has ever been.
Let’s focus and celebrate on the positive, it exists everywhere.