Good Fighting in Business Partnerships – Part 7: It’s How You Finish

Don’t quit halfway through your recovery with your business partner.

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I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2010. It’s a full-body workout that requires every ounce of your attention and commitment for a period. From beginning to end, you’re supposed to give it all.

Workouts could be 7 to 25 minutes long…but it feels like hell when you’re in the middle of it. I’ve quit halfway through many times because I can’t take it. The times I quit, I feel terrible because I know I didn’t complete it. The times I finish it, I feel like I’m on top of the world.

There’s a saying in CrossFit that goes “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

It’s the same philosophy and mindset when we’re trying to restore the relationship with our business partners after a period of fighting. Whether we’ve been fighting for hours or years, choosing to fight well and restore the union is the only way the business will succeed.

When we’re in the middle of a fight with our business partners, and we’re looking to resolve that issue we have, it’s important to know that it’s easier to start the restoration process than to finish it.

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Halfway through, we want to quit. An issue will resurface that threatens the entire process and send us back into the crazy cycle. Or, even worst, we think we’ve resolved the issue when the problem is much deeper and more work needs to be done to uproot the problem, but we believe we are good to move on and keep running the business.

The bible says:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Don’t quit halfway through your recovery with your business partner.
When a business partnership is in need of healing, you might think to work through conflict until the pain goes away, especially since there are a business to run and mouths to feed.

Just make sure the deeper issues causing the trouble are corrected.

We should not quit halfway through a resolving of a fight with our partners. With God’s help, we need to work on getting through the underlying problems, not just the pain they cause us and the business.

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