“How far will you go to get it done”
The other week sunny San Diego went to soaking San Diego!
The next morning, I woke up to see cars swimming in the parking lot nearby, and with no electricity. However, I had a mastermind Power Virtual Get it Done Day scheduled which required me to lead them throughout the day.
Not having electricity didn’t upset me per se. When I lived in the Middle East, we frequently faced hours and even days without electricity. However, there we were prepped with backup generators, but not in San Diego.
So began my obstacle course day.
I first went to a nearby café where I could plug in my computer and cell phone. Made the first check-in call. I know many people work in cafes, but the din made my head crack.
Ah, I’ll go to a quiet library! Hop in my car, every time I wanted to make a turn, the street was blocked, “Flooded.”
Again and again and again.
Okay. New plan. Go to another library. Aren’t I brilliant? But first, with my phone charged up from driving, I sit in my car to lead another check-in call.
I’m so relieved to be able to get to this library. I’m desperately seeking quiet! I settle in a nice spot near the window and outlets (very important in our electricity dependent society).
I’m ready to go at it, then suddenly…nearby in the children’s open playroom section I hear little children noisily playing. What?! Ugh! I love children don’t get me wrong. But I was seeking quiet and their frequent chirps emanating from their tiny yet unabashed voices forced me to quickly pack up and seek serenity elsewhere.
Driving again avoiding “the do not enter flood zones.”
Finally, by 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon I arrived at a library where with luck there was a private room that I was able to use. All mine! Woo! hoo!
I got more work done in that hour and half before the final check in call than I had done all day skipping puddles.
Was it my most productive day? Of course not. But was all lost? No. I was able to conduct my mastermind Virtual Get it Done Day. I got some major work done despite the disruptions.
In the end, I was proud of myself for persevering. For doing whatever it took to serve my group and to not make the day a total loss.
It’s easy to bemoan a disruption to your schedule. It’s just as easy to figure out solutions. From my many years working in corporate, the boss never wanted to hear complaints; only proposed solutions.
That day the obstacles were created by mother nature and others.
How many obstacles are you willing to jump over, go around or under to get it done?
To what degree are you willing to do whatever it takes to serve your community and get your work and message out there?
How many obstacles do you make up between your ears?
It’s not the easy or first path that comes along. Those who are extraordinary do things others are not willing to do.
The challenge this week is not to take the easy path, but to take an extraordinary action you normally would not have done.
How does it make you feel? How does that action move your business? Who do you become? Please share your thoughts with me on Facebook! I’d love to hear how you handle obstacles that pop up.
To your becoming even extraordinary,
If you continue to have challenges, connect with me. Asking for help is a sign of strength and confidence, not a sign of weakness. Stop kidding yourself thinking you’ll figure it out; you would have done it by now.
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