“Somebody is going to leave and it’s not going to be me.” That’s what my boss said at 7:30 on a Monday morning. I am just like you and lived paycheck to paycheck. Was I ready for that? Absolutely not. Was I glad it happened? I have to say fear replied the first answer – NO. Then my dream screamed, “Hell Yes! It’s about time.” And an entrepreneur stepped up to the plate.
Gosh, that seems like AGES ago. Wait, it was! I learned so much from that experience and the following seven or so years that I can tell stories for a very long time. I know you are soooo excited!
Was I prepared for it? I was not prepared as in having a plan and ready to start something. But … I had been planning it. I had recently secured a business license and was talking with two dear friends about setting up a business. We didn’t have it all worked out and we weren’t in a big hurry to make the move. After all, we needed to plan. And then more planning. So much for the extensive planning!
I’m not going into the full story about what happened next. I’ll save that for another day. But the short story is that my two dear friends I was talking with about a new business worked with me at that company. They left his employ the very same day that he “let” me go and we started working together the next day.
Longer story short, they worked with me for a while then relocated back to their home town. I continued on my own, grew, and hired a full-time and part-time employee. Life was good. Very good at times.
What I want you to learn from this Monday morning experience is that if you have been thinking about making a change in your life, you are likely much more prepared than you know. I don’t know about you, but I was at a place in my life where I wanted change. I wanted to make more money than I was making. Much more. Did I say MUCH more? I wanted to be wealthy and do great things for the people in my life. That was my focus. I regularly visualized what I could do for others when I walked into my success.
I had an Entrepreneur mindset and a Millionaire mindset and knew that I would be successful. For as long as I can remember, I desired to be a “successful business owner.” I didn’t know what else to call it when I was a kid. Frankly, I didn’t know any other way to think. I am very thankful and grateful that I have had this mindset for most of my life. Now, the action part … not always right on with that. Until now.
I am reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker and want to share some of his words with you. Take this next paragraph in. Read it. Then, read it again. It’s that important.
“Rich people see opportunities. Poor people see obstacles. Rich people see potential growth. Poor people see potential loss. Rich people focus on the rewards. Poor focus on the risks.”
Is the glass half full or half empty? I know you’ve heard that question, right? What Eker is talking about in this book is not just about positive thinking, he’s talking about our “habitual perspective on the world.” What is your primary mind-set?
- What if it does not work? It will not work. (poor thinking)
- I sure hope this works. (middle-class thinking)
- It will work. (rich thinking)
Here’s a key phrase – “rich people EXPECT to succeed.” They know that if something unforeseen happens, they will find another way to succeed.
When you focus on the obstacles, that’s what you see and often it keeps you from moving forward. Do you agree?
Some folks will say that the people who are successful are just lucky. Luck or good decisions? Hard to say. Maybe both. Here is the hardball truth. Eker says “no luck—or anything will come your way unless you take some form of action. To succeed financially you have to do something, buy something, or start something.”
What I am getting to here is that on that Monday morning many years ago, the Universe was saying, Deb, it’s time. You haven’t acted yet so let me. I will be there to help. Plan or no plan, when it’s time, it’s time. That’s a tough one for me to say because I am a planner and believe in the power of the plan. But, sometimes, you just have to let go and fly.
I believe that you can be, do, and have anything that you desire. Get clear. Focus. Your dream will work … when you do.
Remember to always dream big, believe in yourself, and do the work!
See you next time.
Coach Deb Bennett
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