My father-in-law once told me that there are four major contributors to stress – moving, getting married, having a kid, and changing jobs. A few years ago, I managed to squeeze all four into one year. To make matters even more interesting, I was laid off from my prior employer.
We had just left the Bay Area to live in Truckee, CA. We had committed to a lavish home, a big wedding, an expensive honeymoon, and having a kid. Then the carpet gets pulled out from under me. The emotional swing went from “holy sh$%, what just happened?” to “okay, this is my opportunity to pursue a new career move I had been interested in for a while.”
It was daunting and exciting at the same time.
So many fellow coaches told me that building a consulting practice takes patience and perseverance. That was an understatement!
Fast forward to today. I have built a successful business and work with wonderful clients across the U.S. doing what I do best.
Life will throw you curve balls at times. We all have a choice in how we react to those challenges. We can stress out and wallow in our sorrows, or we can look at the challenge as an opportunity to move forward and be in a better place than before. It is up to you to find a way to benefit from those unexpected situations.
As my business continues to flourish, I am incredibly grateful for the “unique” opportunity that was handed to me. I am also grateful for my wonderful wife, my beautiful son, and an amazing area in which we live.
What are you grateful for?