Today it has been two weeks since I have re-opened my business after the Covid-19 quarantine ended.

It is not an overstatement to claim that these two weeks felt like a rollercoaster ride at Magic Mountain.

There are a lot of lessons to be learned and a lot of growing to be done. One of the things I have learned during this re-opening phase is that there are two types of business owners. There are those who have opened up their businesses and the ones who didn’t.

1) The first category belongs to the owners who didn’t open up their businesses, despite the Governor’s green light. They blame the government’s failure to provide the proper guidance and information designed to help them, the business owners, effectively and safely re-open. My advice to these business owners: if you need the government to tell you how to run your business, maybe you shouldn’t own a business in the first place. No one knows your business and your clients better than you do. Just listen to your heart!

Do what is right for you and your customers!

That never fails!

There are also other business owners who have chosen to stay closed. Their reason for keeping closed is their alleged care for the community by sacrificing their businesses and income to prevent the spread of Covid-19. I honestly think that the real reason for keeping their businesses closed is because they are afraid. We are all afraid. However, owning a business isn’t for everyone. No one wants to get the virus or to be associated with it. Everyone is aware of the damages that would do to one’s business or reputation. Therefore, stop playing the altruistic hero, who is looking out for his community. Take a deep breath! It’s ok to be scared. My advice to these business owners: there is going to be risks involved with staying closed, and there are going to be risks involved with opening up. That’s just the way it’s always been.

Taking risks is a part of the growing process. We all want to achieve the same thing; some of us just chose to go a different route.

2) The second category relates to the business owners who have acknowledged and accepted the risks involved with opening up their businesses. We all understand the risks of opening our businesses during these times, but we are also aware of the importance of getting back to living our lives.

These business owners, including myself, have taken all the steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients, and ourselves. I have seriously considered several times seeking help from a professional with the sleepless nights and anxiety created by deciding to re-open Results Personal Training. It was not an easy decision. It was a necessary one.

I have only one word to say to these business owners: CONGRATULATIONS. I know what you are going through. Hang in there and believe in yourself and the decision you made.

You are the courageous one. Keep following your heart, and things will happen for you.

Take it one day at the time, as well as one week at a time!

Believe in yourself!

No one truly knows how to navigate through these difficult and challenging times.

However, what will separate a winner from the rest of the pack is your ability to trust yourself and have the courage to move forward. Let’s all make it out of these challenging times as safe, healthy, and happy as possible! God bless!

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Leo Frincu is a world wrestling champion, author, speaker and performance coach for business leaders and athletes worldwide. To learn more about his training philosophy, check out his latest book, “WELCOME HOME, 3 Simple Steps On How To Reach Your Highest Potential,” available on Amazon and iBooks.