I’ve been thinking about this prompt from the Reverb campaign that I never tackled and I thought today (July 12) would be a great day to post it as it’s the official first birthday of The Opportunities Project, LLC. (Yay!)
December 24 Prompt – Everything’s OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead? (Author: Kate Inglis)
Recently, I was open about my personal struggles with getting my business launched on a blog post by Rich DeMatteo of Corn on the Job. Right now, money is flooding through the door, I have more emails than I can answer and my goal is to keep it that way (knock on wood). But one time this March, I was completely despondent about my finances and the state of my personal life because of my inability to get my business where I needed it to be to survive. Also, someone I’d been loyal to professionally for over ten years had screwed me over without a second thought. I went to a friend’s apartment and just cried for hours in her arms. I’m not a super emotional chick, but I felt like I had nothing left.
When I went to my friend’s apartment, I brought a bottle of wine that I’d received as a thank you for sitting on an education panel a year before in March 2010. The education panel wasn’t just any event, but one where I was asked my opinions about President Obama’s education policies and hosted at the prestigious Yale Club in New York City. On my way to the room where the panel was held, I bumped into George Pataki (literally almost sent him flying) and saw tables of well-known New Yorkers and others dining and making things happen. I’d finally felt like I’d arrived.
I’m not sure why I decided that my friend and I needed to drink that bottle of wine that night- I’d been saving it for something celebratory. But I did and the next day everything picked up. No, that wine did not have a magic serum. But it reminded me that everything will be okay- no, not perfect, but okay, because I have it into me to change things. Things will be okay because…
– I have loved ones.
– I know valuable stuff and can do valuable things.
– I keep up relationships.
– I put myself out there.
I remembered all those things the next week and I was hired for three major jobs and speaking engagements based on a combination of those four principles.
It’s important to remind ourselves that we can make choices to bring things closer to okay. Another time when I was wondering what was next for me, I attended a wine tasting class that I bought dirt cheap through Groupon one afternoon. I planned to make it a solo pity party, but when I got there, I decided to start conversations with every person at my table. One of those conversations led to my first four figure client. I put myself out there. I know valuable stuff and can do valuable things. Everything will be okay.
What do you do to remind yourself that things will be okay?