New Perspectives, New Challenges


It is interesting to notice, after many years of being in business in the salon industry, just how easy it is to do things or think in a particular way simply because I always have. I have found that when you do something long enough, you build enough history through experience that you habitually see things a particular way. This can be tremendously beneficial—but it can also be detrimental. It can cloud our perspective and even blind us to changes. If we continue to forge on blindly, the impact may be catastrophic.

I’ve been pondering the concept of new perspectives lately. New perspectives can be created in several ways, but what I have noticed is that sometimes we need to create an ending in order to shift ourselves into a different perspective—to force us to re-energize and create something new as we did as entrepreneurs years ago. In other words, sometimes we need to leave our comfort zone in order to level-up our lives. 

PerspectivesPhoto by Fernanda Latronico

I don't know about you, but sometimes I find endings a little scary. Afterall there are so many unknowns and uncertainties. Endings of course need to happen throughout our lives, such as moving on from a business or ending a relationship, but it can be challenging nonetheless. But that is the exciting part of the adventure of life and business, which I think are inextricably linked.  

Ending something when it is the right time is an opportunity to talk straight to ourselves and really understand that sometimes it is the brave, scary step that is required to create a new beginning. Afterall, when we challenge ourselves, we get inspired. Those few golden minutes when we have pushed through a challenging time, only to feel invigorated and empowered are what make those uncomfortable moments worthwhile. 

Something that I have come to terms with and experienced recently is that an ending may simply be letting go of past experiences and being in the moment—responding to what is happening in the here and now. This alone can create a fresh perspective and an ability to create something new. Letting go of past experiences may be an effective way of starting fresh. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel or start completely from scratch, but we can look closely at specific industry ways of thinking and doing things. We can discard the industry myths and begin a new chapter.