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Growth Spurts Aren’t Just for Babies

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in best practices, BLOG | No Comments

Thecommich is incredibly sleep-deprived. Like, forreals. I am kind of a mess.

The reason for zzz deprivation, is, of course, the arrival of our newest addition, Lucas Steven Salta – born March 2 2013. He is great. He is adorable. He never stops eating.

In the evenings, eating has become a full contact affair, with much fussing and whaling of mini-fists of fury. A desperate Google search led me to www.kellymom.com, Bible of breastfeeders everywhere, which stated that such fussiness was normal during growth spurts. To wit:

“Baby will nurse a few minutes, pull off, fuss/cry, nurse a few minutes, pull off, fuss/cry… on and on… for hours. This can be VERY frustrating, and mom starts wondering if baby is getting enough milk, if something she is eating is bothering baby, if EVERYTHING she is doing is bothering baby… ”

But, fear not! There is, apparently, hope:

“Don’t allow a growth spurt to rob you of your confidence in nursing. Instead, allow it to instill confidence in your ability [as a mom].”

As I grapple with the reality of having to calm a human being without resorting to the use of alcohol or a phaser set to ‘stun’, it occurs to me that growth spurts – and dealing with discomfort and fussiness – don’t just apply to nursing moms and infants. Oftentimes, the things that make us most uncomfortable in life make us grow the most.

In my business life, numbers have always been a source of discomfort. As much as I pride myself on being observant and analytical, my confidence around anything mathematical is smaller than Lindsay Lohan’s current film credits.  But, in my struggle with finances (why did I choose the one University major that didn’t include pre-requisite accounting?), I have experienced a couple of breakthroughs. One of them is finally understanding how to price products and services profitably and fairly. This in turn has led me to clients who really understand the value of the videos I produce, which leads to better paydays, and freedom from having to constantly convince unwilling business owners why my services are valuable to begin with. In short, being uncomfortable with one aspect of my business has ultimately led me to better the entire enterprise. Instead of being down on myself for “not being good at math,” I’m starting to feel better about my ability to manage a staff, and handle my business in the most professional way possible. It’s also giving me an incentive to go after bigger accounts with higher level clients – which as I explained in the last post has become a priority for me.

Of course, Lucas isn’t done growing, and neither am I or my business. Lucas will go through bottle feeding, and weaning, and eventually finding mom and dad lame for not letting him get a face tattoo at the age of 12. As business gets better, who knows what other challenges and crazy situations will present themselves? The important thing to remember is go toward the adversity, not run away from it. And see just how fast you grow.

What growth spurt situations do you find yourself in? Weigh in on the comments segment below!