Dealing with a flood

Last week, I talked about how much sheer effort was required to get something started. But there comes a point after you have spent a lot of time just taking the actions (over and over and over) and grinding out the results, where the results begin to come faster and faster and faster.

At this point, if you don’t begin to adjust your activity to the changing state of the project, you could find yourself swept away by the flood. Or left high and dry on the beach, gasping for breath.

What do I mean? Haven’t you ever had the experience where you were just ‘nose to the grindstone’ for so long and all of a sudden things started to move, and move quickly? Only things are happening faster and bigger than you had anticipated?

What do you do? Do you desperately try to bring it back under control? Or do you have a boat handy and the tools to ride the wave?

The flood of results brings its own host of required tasks and activities. Did you think ahead to plan for that? Do you have the capacity to handle it? Or will your current structures pull the growth back, and force it to shrink to a more manageable size?

If you want to sustain the growth, you will want to look for points of leverage (rather than trying to do everything). What actions will make the most difference? You will also need to be vigilant about your discipline. Why? Because it is too easy to think that something is now handled, and take your eye off the actions that initiated the result.

Maintain the discipline of keeping those actions going, while at the same time implementing the appropriate management for the growth.

Don’t let yourself drown in your success – cultivate the mindset to always be looking ahead and assembling the proper tools for where you want to end up.

Kowabunga! Enjoy the ride.

Because, really, without a life, what’s the point?


  1. Good food for thought/reminder.

    In particular to to look for points of leverage (rather than trying to do everything) as female entrepreneurs I think we all easily fall int the trap of trying to be and do it all.

    Thanks for the tips
    Heidi Alexandra Pollard

  2. Hi Terry,
    Yes, I know what you mean by the ‘flood’. It can be more daunting than the ‘famine’. Great advice on how to prepare and be able to handle it. Thanks!
    Lynn Moore

    • ofyl says:

      Lynn, so true. I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I have seen who implode or drown when the flood of business comes. A little forward thinking makes a huge difference.

  3. trudy says:

    This is good: “cultivate the mindset to always be looking ahead and assembling the proper tools for where you want to end up”.

  4. GREAT post, Terry! I especially love the way you wrap it up: “always be looking ahead and assembling the proper tools for where you want to end up.” Eyes on the Vision! AWESOME! ♥
    Life Blossoming Systems

  5. I am in the MLM industry and I know exactly what you mean by ‘flood’. I had no idea how fast it could grow and was not quite prepared to manage hundreds of people all at once. And it can happen! This was a huge learning experience for me three years ago.

    • ofyl says:

      And I bet, that having learned it once, you now always look ahead. Isn’t it funny how often we don’t plan for the success that is our goal?

  6. excellent analogy!

  7. Mitch Tublin says:

    You mention the boat and it made me think of an analogy like don’t get into a canoe without your oars. Creating a plan, having a strategy, systems and a good team are all great ways to help deal with the ‘overnight success’. A good problem to have to deal with of course!

  8. Lisa Manyon says:


    Wonderful tips. LEVERAGE is so key to success and having the support to navigate the flood seamlessly. 🙂

    Write on!~


  9. Phil Dyer says:

    Terry – This post made me laugh. I have a client that is deep in the throes of this right now…

    She has been working so hard getting all the groundwork laid and has done a superb job…so good, in fact, that the floodgates have literally been flung open and opportunities, clients and income are cascading in at a rate that she is really struggling to keep up. I warned her that this was likely once she hit critical mass…but I think you have to actually experience it to really understand it.

    I am going to share your post with her…thanks!

    Phil Dyer
    America’s Entrepreneur Strategist™

  10. I am looking forward to the flood as I have not yet experienced it – thanks for the tips so I can ensure my groundwork is well prepared!
    Heidi Alexandra

    • ofyl says:

      Yes, planning is never a waste of time. And we often spend time planning for what will go wrong and neglect planning for when everything goes right!

  11. Pinky says:

    wow! this is so pertinent right now – Im feeling everyone wants apiece of me! its all coming together but I am riding the waves -clutching that surfboard!

    • ofyl says:


      What a great problem to have! Keep looking to see what structures can you put in to support riding that wave.