Just begin the new year resolution

31 December 2009

Napoleon Hill was one of the “fathers” of the modern personal-success movement. It’s a little known fact that Hill’s work was recreated by Bob Proctor in the movie “The Secret”. The “Law of Attraction”, which is widely discussed in self-help books, learning programs, and seminars, actually  was a reformulation of Hill’s book “Law of Success”, that was written 80 years ago.
One of Hill’s famous quotes goes like this,

“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

Back in 1975, after the birth of my first child, I took a $20.00 sign painting course at a local vocational school. My dream was to become a sign painter. After the 8 week course, I tried to get  jobs working for local sign companies, but nobody would hire me. I wasn’t experienced and I was a woman. It was a  non-traditional trade for women at that time and really, I was a lousy painter. But, I didn’t know that my work was terrible, so, I decided to open my own company. I began going to businesses asking if they needed a sign…and one day, my break came when I was commissioned to letter a truck. I did a terrible job, but, I didn’t know it was that bad and neither did my customer. He even ordered another sign!

Years later, and after giving birth to 2 more babies, I moved the company out of my home and it continued to grow, and I began hiring employees. All along, I worked on developing my business knowledge and skills. In 1990, I was nominated for Small Business of the Year. My business gained a  reputation for quality work. (I wasn’t behind the brush much anymore!) In 1992, I sold the company for over $100,000, a pretty good price 18 years ago.
My point here is that I had a clear vision of what I wanted. Even though I lacked experience, money and customers, my vision carried me through. I worked hard and passionately and built my business to the point where I experienced continued work and solid income. As the business grew and changed, so did I.  When it was time to sell. I returned to school and finished my degree.

I have re-invented myself a several times since…and sometimes, because I’m not so innocent about the hard work it takes, fear  keeps me from moving forward. What I learned is that I don’t need to do this alone. It is important to have a team…those who can cheer you on and hold you accountable. Even as a coach, I use a coach…it makes all the difference.

So, begin 2010. Make your resolutions and pay attention to your dreams and desires. Keep them in your vision…make a poster with photos and words that illustrate you dreams. Spend quiet time each day visualizing your dreams. Believe in the dreams you want and soon you will find your vision begins to manifest. To find out more about what a coach can do for you,  feel free to contact me for a free strategy session.

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