Another one of my favorite quotes from my amazing coach, Ms. Debbie Phillips (www.debbiephillips.com) – “Don’t give up before the miracle!” This quote has been around the corner whenever I needed or didn’t even know I needed it. Funny how that happens, things enter our consciousness and our awareness usually when it’s something we need right then. (My second favorite quote is “Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles,” Mike Greenberg.)
I’m going to tell you something that I haven’t told anyone… I almost gave up, almost threw in the towel on my business. It was 4 years ago. I had started my new direct response marketing business in the fall of 2006, and it was going well, but 6 months into I was getting so frustrated and tired. I knew the first year was going to be hard, but not THAT hard! I was at a breaking point and really wanted to just quit and go back to corporate America, even after they laid me off 4 times.
Yet, I just dug my heels in harder, and I drew my support team and my success team closer to me. I knew the more I connected with like-minded entrepreneurs who were more successful than me, the better I would feel and I would soon find the mind set and mind frame for my own success. Because that’s what I truly believe, it was me standing in my way, no one else. I didn’t have the success mind set, knew nothing of what that meant until later. Yet, I knew I wasn’t a quitter…. For more on this, check out my newsletter article from last month called “Isolation is a Dream Killer.”
In fact, this why I said “Geaucx Saints!” because this totally relates to the New Orleans Saints. I was feeling a lot like them throughout my first year of running my own business. The only thing is they’ve waited an incredibly long time before they reached their dream, much longer than me. I ought to know, since I did after all grow up in New Orleans. I went to so many Saints games with Archie Manning as the quarterback playing in the superdome. My dad had season tickets, so we went a lot! This made itas even cooler to see them not just win the NFC, but get to the super bowl and then actually win it all! I really didn’t think they’d pull it off, but they did and you can believe they didn’t give up before the dream…
There are tons of examples of this, one from Bob Parson’s, CEO of GoDaddy.com, he ran out of money and almost had to shut his business down, when a miracle happened and his business exploded…
So, don’t do it, don’t give up, I promise you the miracle is just around the corner, take it from me and my experiences… you know how the story ends, I dug my heals in and stuck it out, now it’s 4 years later and I’m having the time of my life and my business is doing awesome…. Get support, create a success team, believe in yourself, in your dream, and don’t give up, your miracle is just around the corner.
P.S. Today’s my birthday and what better present than to have the Saints win the Superbowl and my wonderful Mom sent me my favorite New Orleans King Cake to celebrate both! If you haven’t ever eaten one, go here now to get this amazingly delicious New Orleans treat from Gambinos. Mardis Gras is this Tuesday and it’s an awesome party New Orleans style.