Recently there was a big storm that could have derailed my business activities. Here is the first of several articles I wrote (pen and paper) while the electric was out from the storm. Some people were without electric for 10 days. Thankfully ours was only out for 5 days. Our phone was out for 11 days. A LOT of cell phones were out the first couple of days as well. It was a really weird week.

Anyway, Here is the first article:

There will be times when things happen that will get in the way of your daily business routine. Let’s face it, life happens.

I sit at my desk as usual but today there is no electric, no internet and no phone. There was a major storm last night that left over 650,000 people without electric in Ohio. Other states also suffered similarly so there were much more people affected but I only heard Ohio’s numbers. At the moment my only connection to the outside world is a battery operated radio. We live in the sticks so we don’t even get a cell signal out here.

They say it will be 5-7 days to get everyone’s electric back on. To top it off, we are having a record heat wave and the temperatures are over 100 degrees. Yuck! This is one of those times when life happens. What do you do? Do you just put business on hold and wait for the perfect conditions to return?

NO! Not a good plan!

There is a better plan and it’s just what I am doing.

I decided to view this is an opportune time to get some articles written. The lack of internet and phone provide me with distraction free environment to take my list of ideas for articles. I have fresh spiral notebook and pencil and I am starting with this article.

The point is, if you take your business seriously, you won’t let a little thing like no electricity, no phone and no internet stop the progress toward your goals. There is always a way. It may require getting creative. Maybe even using old fashioned tools like pen and paper. 😉

Under normal conditions I have my laptop and my Kindle Fire so I keep my business mobile and when I travel or when things happen that interfere with my business schedule. Right now everyone in our county has the same problem of no electric. If I have to I will drive somewhere to connect in a day or two.

The key to success in your business is to know where you are going and always have a plan to get there. Yes, there will be obstacles but we don’t let those stop us. We step around those obstacles and keep making progress.

Every day, no matter what kind of day it is, ask yourself, “What can I do TODAY that will help me progress toward my goals?”