Hi, this is Dane Carlson. Thank you for reading the Business Opportunities Weblog.

This voice post is sponsored by the HP iPAQ and was written by Charrise McCrorey of Emergence Business Coaching.

In my coaching practice, I find that one of the biggest issues holding a leader back is the failure to face the truths in their business. When a business owner is ready to really take a look at what is so in their business, the real work begins.

The truth really will set you free. For some reason, denial seems easier. When I was 24 years old, I enrolled in the Dale Carnegie course. I learned so much about myself, and about ways to be effective in work and in life. One of the concepts that have stuck with me all these years is his method for overcoming worry. It goes something like this:

  1. Decide what the worst outcome could be from the problem.
  2. Determine if you can live through that, and with that.
  3. Imagining that you can survive the worst allows you to worry less.

This was helpful to me, and really got me thinking about what was, in fact, true about a situation. When I’m coaching someone, and they make a bold statement about something that seems true to them, I often stop them and say “Is that really true?â€? Just asking the question causes the appropriate pause and re-evaluation of the statement.

We get wrapped up in the drama about our business. We allow a notion to run away with the wind, building momentum and causing panic, all because we simply didn’t analyze what is really true. Our nature might be to embellish to make the story better; indeed to find the excuse we need for our lack of performance. This is unhealthy in a business, or in your life.

As a business owner, it is vital to become committed to truth and candor in your business. Modeling is critical to achieving an open line of communication among staff members. You will be more successful in business if people know that your standard for being truthful is a deal breaker. You can face anything, once you know it’s the truth.

Those things for which you are in denial will someday sabotage you. You’ll create a story around them that is unproductive and likely untrue. Embracing what is so, and determining a strategy to overcome the parts you don’t like will give you a brand new story of accomplishment. You will lead with integrity and character, modeling your commitment to truth.

Pick one thing you’ve been avoiding today. Face it – get a plan – and erase it. You will be amazed at how relieved you feel!

The preceding was a guest post by Charrise McCrorey of Emergence Business Coaching.