In a couple of days, June is finally over. The first half of the year is done.
This year has been a roller coaster ride for me so far. How about you? Perhaps we are both going through some challenges right now.
I have some encouragement for you. This too shall pass. The best is yet to come.
No, the storm is not yer over for me. But, thankfully, there are people who believe in me that makes me hopeful. They give me the strength to push through and focus on the future.
During the first quarter, our business went through a major overhaul.
Due to a leadership challenge, key people in my business made
the decision to take their business into a different direction.
In short, some people left. Some people stayed.
It was a tough time for me emotionally and mentally.
As a leader, I needed to be strong for the whole organization.
At first, I questioned myself.
Did I fail as a leader?
What can I learn from the situation?
What could I have done differently?
How can I make sure that it will not happen again?
Or if it happens, how would I be able to bounce back faster?
There were times, I no longer feel excited going to the office.
Every day I asked myself whether I should still continue building the business.
It’s hard when people close to you, people you thought you knew, catch you by surprise.
There were days I stayed late at night thinking endlessly.
Am I still fit to lead? I honestly think, my confidence suffered the most.
It hit me deeply. I started to doubt myself.
But slowly and surely, I am starting to get back on my feet.
It helped a lot that I have good people around.
Close friends encouraged me. They provided a listening ear when I needed it the most.
I am fortunate to have people like them that I get to share in my journey.
Having people like that in your life, makes everything bearable.
When you are down, it’s hard to get back to being joyful.
It’s easier to stay in bed. Sleep all day. Do nothing.
But the more you do nothing, the more you become depressed.
Then a friend suggested that I do things that I used to enjoy.
Perhaps to rekindle the excitement in your life.
Doing things you are happy, helps a lot.
Sing with my guitar at home. Check!
Watch movies! Check!
Play with my kids. Check!
Yes there are challenges outside and within. But life is like that.
There are also silver linings, as well as big blessings that come with it.
Business problems come and go. That’s why you are getting paid. You are supposed to solve problems. The bigger problems you can solve, the bigger your income will be.
As Jim Rohn said, “don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.”
Money problems are just that. You just need to create and handle money better.
No matter how many financial problems you have, there are still things you can be grateful for.
As for me, I was reminded of these things.
1) I have a loving family.
2) I have time to spend with them.
3) Watch them grow.
4) Learn and bond with them whenever I want to.
I am blessed beyond measure. Lots of families can’t say they have all four.
I have people who still believe in me. They trust me that I can help them.
They look up to me, and my confidence grows as I see them grow.
Business is recovering and slowly getting back on track.
The team is growing. New leaders are emerging. Business is once again looking up.
I am thankful I started getting into business.
It’s been 7 years. It’s been a wonderful journey, of ups and downs, learnings and fun times.
What makes life so colorful are the people you meet along the way.
It’s true, some stay with you for a little while, some stay with you longer.
Each for a different purpose, but both are there to help you in your journey.
Life happens for you, not to you.
We are emotional beings. We are meant to connect with each other.
Sometimes, that connection fizzles out. Sometimes, it becomes stronger as the years go by.
We are changing. We are always changing.
As we change, the people you need in the next chapter of your life may change as well.
Embrace the change anyway.
Yes, you are going to be hurt. Definitely, you are going to learn.
But don’t let the fear of being hurt, rob you of the joy of connecting with a fellow human being.
To connect, to enjoy, to feel alive is in itself a gift that you can only experience by giving it to somene else.
We are only passers by here on earth. Our journey is bigger than the hurts, emotional traumas, business challenges, money problems or emotional roller coasters. It’s bigger than what we think it is or what we believe we were supposed to do here.
There’s a reason why you are here. You are destined for greatness.
You may think you have nothing to offer. But you are not here by accident.
You are made for a purpose. You were meant to do something only you can do.
Don’t hold on to past hurts. We need you to get unstuck.
Get up, stand up. People look up to you.
They need you to lead them.
So, take charge and be the leader you were meant to be.