I have often been fascinated about what separates the super successful from 99.9% of people in the world. Sure, we tend to look at their “talent” and think that is their secret or the product or service they provide and view that as what has made them successful. But that isn’t it. More often than not, it’s their resilience. Their ability to recover from setbacks. From failure.
This week we suffered a setback in our business. We were misled about an opportunity that we had put genuine time and effort into, that will now not come to pass.
When I realised it, my initial reaction was disappointment and frankly anger. But then I thought about it,
“It is not what happens to you, its what you do about it that counts”.
I’m not going to lie, for a day I allowed myself to mourn the loss and then the next day, I did something very specific. I got up and did my morning routine exercise https://bit.ly/2FTLeYZ . This completely reconnected me to my big goal, my WHY. My reason for doing what we do in this business. This energised and focused me on what we still have to do.
Because there’s no way you are going to give up on chasing your goal.
I realised, I could dwell on the one opportunity that we had lost or focus on the amazing opportunities that we are working on. Naturally, I chose the latter. Reframing the situation in my mind quickly allowed me to re-focus my energies and move forward.
When your vision for what you want to achieve in life is clear, you limit your options and decisions become clear, you have little option but to push forward and eventually succeed.
This leads me to a second observation. Gut feeling. Truth be known, I always had a doubt about the opportunity that had been presented to me. From the first moment I met the individual in question, there were doubts in my mind. My gut was telling me something isn’t right. But I chose to continue with the opportunity.
According to many researchers, intuition is far more material that it seems. Hope College social psychologist David Myers, Ph.D., explains that the intuitive right brain is almost always “reading” your surroundings, even when your conscious left brain is otherwise engaged. The body can register this information while the conscious mind remains blissfully unaware of what is going on.
Each step along the path, my gut was telling me stronger and stronger, that there was an issue with this particular deal. So, my 6th sense was on high alert, and sure enough, eventually my instinct was proved right.
But how much time did I lose, because I didn’t listen to what my instinct was telling me all along? So, the moral of this lesson is, do not be afraid to listen to what your gut is telling you and to act quickly and decisively on that information, rather than wait for your logical brain to find the facts you’re looking for to prove your gut instinct correct!
I’m not sure if you can relate to this, I’d love to hear any experiences other people have had.