In yesterday’s post, I described one of the lowest days that I can remember in my lifetime. However, I also told you that it was one of the best things to happen to me in my career.Read Post
On that day, I made some serious choices for me and my family. On that day, my career began to grow and it never stopped again until I retired from my sales leadership position in order to travel the country and play with all of you. And on that day, I learned something that turned temporary motivation into self sustaining energy.
There had been other times in my life that I had refocused my attention on my goals. That attention came with a serious commitment to accomplish those goals. Many of those goals were accomplished.
But that day was different. The decisions I made on that day did not fall by the wayside. The motivation that I felt on that day did not grow weaker as time passed.
Why was that day different?
“Why?” is the question.
“Why!” is also the answer.
In my particular case – the emotions that I felt deeply over the 18 months leading up to that day were predominantly negative. I was employed by a company that was sold to a competitor. Without getting into too many details – that change of employers did not work out very well for me. I became resentful. I became frustrated. And I became angry.
I allowed those negative emotions to carry more weight than my positive emotions. I combined those emotions with the logic of needing to make a career change. That combination of logic and negative emotions created a collision point in my life. I quit my job (in a not so nice fashion) and went through a period of unemployment.
Even after finding the company and career that would end up becoming my true calling in my professional life – the effects of that collision point caused me to get a slower start than I should have gotten.
But on that day in the north Texas rain – I realized how much I was letting my family down. I found my “why”.
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However, on that day, FusionPoints® rose to a new level in me.
In me – finding my “why” turned what had been temporary motivation into self-sustaining energy.
More about that tomorrow.
Where are your deepest passions?
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