My Dear Readers:
By now, you all know that I’m a huge advocate of dreaming big, being better, and doing more. After all, the mere fact that I am able to share my story with you on this blog and around the world via my speeches is a dream turned reality.
Let’s not forget though, that in order for things to change action must be taken. Dreaming is equal to doing and the total opposite of just waiting. It’s easy to lose your sense of self when you feel that people don’t believe in you, when you feel that clients don’t show appreciation or respect for your hard work, or when someone does not embrace you with the same energy that you put out. However, when this happens remember why you started. Failure is not an option; too many people depend on us. Just keep swimming.
This week my middle child taught his team and his coach this very lesson. They were losing 7-1 in the last inning and his coach tried to console the team by telling them that there were many games left in the season. He basically implied that it was ok to lose this one because they still had other opportunities. To that my son Jordan responded: “Coach, this game is not over. I believe we can do this if we try hard and focus.” That was a proud moment for me because that’s exactly what I preach in my house, at work and everywhere I go. His teammates’ attitude changed immediately! They wanted his words to be their reality. To make a long story short, they came back in the last inning and won 9-7. It was a moment to be seen and I am being serious when I tell you that I almost cried. They embraced the opportunity and disregarded the circumstances.When my husband asked my son what changed from the previous week, he said, “I don’t know, today everything just clicked.” I stayed silent but smiled brightly. It was a proud moment to see my son was not only growing up, but wiser, and more into himself.
The morals of the story are:
-In order to get somewhere, you must see yourself there first.
-Don’t let opportunities pass you because they’re not one of your bullet points on your goals list. Plans are great but life is what happens in between.
-Attitude is king. Learn to adjust it accordingly. Push through when you need to. Rise above circumstances, never stay under them.
-Pay attention. Everyone you meet will teach you a lesson. Some good and some bad, but they are all necessary links in your chain.
Remember that if last week things were a bit off, that’s not your full story. This week, things might just click!
With a happy heart,
Kathy Romero is the Director of Wedding Planning For Preston Bailey Designs. She shares her thoughts and advice on Preston’s Blog every Thursday.
(Photo Courtesy Robert Evans)