More P’s for Business Survival

MH900407401We’ve addressed 3 important P’s for business success: Patience, Persistence, and Positivity. Apparently, P is an important letter for a healthy business mentality.  Here are a couple more Ps which are just as important…

1. Planning

I can not tell you how many business owners have told me that a business plan is critical to survival.  Many small businesses come into being out of a hobby or interest pursued in a nonchalant manner.  The risk of a fly by the seat of your pants is high, and you can end up there before you know it if you’re not careful.  The awesome news is that it is never too late to develop a structured plan to keep you on track and focused.  A smart plan is revised yearly and involves critical components such as evaluating what has worked and not worked over the past year, establishing steps for continued improvement, defining where your business is heading within the year, five years, ten years, twenty years, etc.

2. Preparation for Flexibility

If you’re not flexible currently, you must be prepared for flexibility in the near future.  With any business, unexpected challenges, disappointments, and frustrations will arise.  If you are unable to find a balance of going with the flow and finding creative alternatives, you will find yourself feeling depleted and exhausted.  One key to flexibility is ensuring you are approaching decisions with the heart rather than the ego, as the ego interferes with fear of failure when plans have to change.  Be gentle with your internal dialogue as you reframe your perspective of adjustment to plans.  When plans don’t work as intended, the process of elimination helps you find other paths that will be successful.  When you are flexible, you are one step closer to success.



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About Kimberly Rodgers, LCSW, RPT-S

Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy. She also supervises clinical social work interns pursuing licensure. She has worked as a psychotherapist for twelve years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida.

Her experience includes foster care, adoption, youth shelter, youth related research, school-based counseling, and sexual assault crisis center settings prior to private practice. She specializes in counseling children, families, and adults struggling with stress, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment to life transitions. Kimberly is a current Board member of the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida and former Vice-President of the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association for Play Therapy. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association.

Kimberly is founder of Monarch Wellness (originally Monarch Therapy), an integrative center focused on empowering individuals and families through emotional and behavioral metamorphosis. In addition to counseling and play therapy, the center offers other supportive modalities to further enhance emotional healing and stress management including support groups, yoga, laughter yoga, breathwork, integrative relaxation, and sound therapy. Monarch Wellness' sister site offers health related information and inspiration for everyday families to live healthier every day. The center is also involved with House of Gaia community center and other community and service focused organizations. More information about Kimberly and her practice can be found online:

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