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It’s been fun watching the Ninja Warrior competition where athletes move quickly through different kinds of obstacle courses to reach their goal.

runnerAs a business owner or executive, there are parallels you experience as you grow your business.

Here are three Ninja inspired keys to moving through obstacles in your business more easily.

1. Commit.

One key to the success of exceptional athletes is their ability to fully commit to the process. When the athletes get a running start to conquer the obstacle course, they don’t hesitate, look back or question their decision. They go for it.

If they do hesitate, they will stumble, lose time or fail.

Once you’ve made your decision, move. Play it out. Replace any doubt with determination.

Entrepreneurs are especially likely to look around at new ideas and possibilities. While not always a bad thing, too much distraction impedes your action.

Stay focused on your next step so you’re not distracted by anything that will keep you from achieving what you want.
Assess your level of commitment based on your actions, not just words.

2. Bounce back.

Build your resilience. Inevitably there will be times when you fail or you can’t complete the course. You might not get over the wall.

Maybe you didn’t get the funding you needed, you lost a big piece of business or your star employee quit.

Major business setbacks can negatively impact your mindset, health, relationships or well-being.
The most impressive athletes don’t beat themselves up. They acknowledge that they made a mistake, but they don’t dwell on it. They recommit and refocus on the goal.

Do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel good. Your mood affects your mindset. The better you feel, the easier it will be to shake off whatever negative experience has occurred.

Some of the most successful Ninja athletes are simply being themselves and having fun. Do more of that in your business to minimize any negative impact. You’ll navigate your business obstacle course more easily.

3.  Find your fans.

If you feel like you’re going it alone, find the coach and fans you need. Be specific about what you think you need. Ask for help when you need it.

Start or join a mastermind group. Fans are waiting for you there in the form of other business owners and executives. You’ll be surprised to see how many people have experienced a similar obstacle. Learn from them.

Spend more time with people you enjoy. You’re more likely to develop mutual “fan like” relationships where there is support or camaraderie.

Appreciate those who have believed in you, invested in your business or given you support along the way. Those fans will create more fans for you.

Do something simple today to express a little appreciation to someone in your network.

Obstacles are a part of business and life. You don’t have to face them alone. And shouldn’t if you want to achieve the success you desire and deserve.

What’s one of the biggest obstacles you’re facing in your business? I’d love to know.

Gayle Lantz is a leadership consultant, speaker, author and founder of WorkMatters, Inc.
She works with organizations, executives and top performers who are serious about growing their business and themselves.