John N. Mitchell says “Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
Since I truly believe that I usually write about the things that I most need to hear myself, clearly this one is a good swift kick up my own rear end!
You see lately I have been a bit down in the dumps. I work hard – really, really hard and lately things just haven’t been coming together as they should.
Deep down inside, in that part of you that knows the truth, I know that I am on the right road to fulfilling my life’s purpose, I know that I am doing what I am meant to be doing, and believe me when I tell you that I really do love what I do and I know, that I do make a difference in the lives of many.
All that understanding and acceptance means nothing though when I look at my accounts receivable and then look at my empty bank account. It really is way out of balance and I suppose it reflects the same sort of situation that many other people find themselves in. What it also highlights for me, is the unscrupulous behaviour of some individuals who want service/product/assistance, but who know that they cannot pay for it. People who don’t care about the damage that they may be afflicting on others as long as they get what it is that they want!
For the first time since I started my business in 2003, I have had to ‘hand over’ accounts – not only to the debt collectors but to the attorneys who have issued a summons. Two individuals have had summons served to them, a third is about to be handed over and there are two more in the queue behind them. Even sadder, is that these are not small amounts, each one on its own could be considered an entire month’s earnings. Not an easy decision for me to make but certainly one that has had to be made.
Yes indeed, down in the dumps is how I was feeling!
Every lead and every avenue I tried seemed to bring me to a dead-end or a brick wall and I was getting to the point where I was beginning to wonder “What’s it all for? All this struggle.” I mean it really isn’t supposed to be like this!
Last week something happened though – through Networking I met a chap almost a year ago (let’s call him George) and he sent me an e-mail asking for some assistance in getting his policies and procedures in place. I met with him and last week and as we were going through what his needs and requirements were he said something that knocked the socks off me.
He told me that since he met me all those months ago, he has read my blogs on a regular basis. Maybe not every day, but certainly on a regular basis, and that he learned a great deal from them – things that have assisted him in the day to day running of his business and that is why, now that he is ready to take the next step forward and get his infrastructure up and running smoothly, he knew that I was the person to assist him.
George went on to tell me that “although you may not be aware of it, you help countless people across the country with your tips and your blogs.”
I sat there quietly, absorbing the words and their meaning and having a huge Oprah “Ah-Ha” moment.
You see, my intent has always been clear – I know what I have to do and I know what path I need to take, and yes, sometimes I get distracted and I wander off the path. Sometimes the timing is all wrong because the earth is governed by time in seconds through to years, decades, and centuries, as we know it – but the universe is timeless and it is not governed by time as we know and often I (being currently earthbound) am out of sync with the universe and this can cause me great distress.
The fact of the matter is, however, that no matter how down in the dumps I was, no matter how I questioned and pondered and worried and stressed – I did just keep going – my attitude was in sync with my intent.
Suddenly though, I am no longer down in the dumps as George’s words were the affirmation that I needed to hear, my mind shifted, my attitude became more positive and suddenly the world of possibilities, opportunities, and probabilities opened up again – as they should.
Since that meeting – I have entered into 3 more joint ventures and signed up 3 more clients, including George.
My actions – in me continuing going forward and just putting one foot in front of the other, despite my fears and doubts, brought about the meeting with someone whose words of affirmation changed my attitude. That change of attitude brought the work back flooding into my space.
So the message today is that even when things appear to be really bleak, don’t give up – keeping ongoing – try to remain positive, your attitude will reflect in what, how, and when things come about for you.