I remember, 2 years ago this month, sitting at the pool, with my feet dangling in the water, watching my kiddo swim, and listening to my first ever inner circle audio... it was what has now affectionately become known as the Tomato Sandwiches call.
I was filled with that "this is new and exciting" energy and listened to the call with excitement and anticipation.
I relistened to that call today... and it brought back that moment two years ago and the struggles I've come through since then. It got me thinking about all I've been through in the last two years, and how I've managed to stay with the same company and continue having success.
It's funny how easily we forget how HARD things are.
This week is horse camp for my kiddo. She's learning to lope a pony bareback. She's doing great with the loping, it's the stopping that keeps giving her trouble. :) She's fallen off her pony a couple times this week and, at times, has gotten pretty discouraged.
I was thinking this morning as we were driving in, about last summer. When she was learning to trot this same pony, Sheldon, bareback. She trots bareback like a champ now, it's no problem, it doesn't cause her anxiety at all...in fact, she thinks it's fun.
However... last summer when she was learning to trot Sheldon, she fell off at least 5 or 6 times. Funny, she doesn't really remember that now. Trotting is so easy for her, she's forgotten the struggle she went through to learn, the work she did to make it easy.
It's the same thing with business, and parenting, and dieting... and just about anything in life. Going through it, in the beginning when we're getting our feet under us, and learning the ropes it can be tough. We might fall down. We might land in the mud... and yet we pick ourselves up and get back on the pony, or back in the game.
The other day after she fell off her pony the second time and got back on to try again, one of the instructors came over and asked me if she was my daughter. I said, "yes". He said... "Boy! She's a cowgirl. She just keeps getting back on".
It made me think of that old cliche... it's not how many times you fall down, it's how many times you get back up. It seems so silly, but when you really think about it... it's totally true.
It's not about how many times she fell off, or how often I've struggled, or how many times you've wanted to quit, or how many blogs you've built that have failed, or businesses you've tried that "haven't worked". It's about how many times you keep getting back up, getting back on the pony, back in the game, how many times you refuse to quit and just keep reaching for your dreams. .
Funny thing is... a year from now, you'll probably have completely forgotten you struggled at all.
I will say though... it's best to have some support during the struggle. It's great to have a coach or a teacher, or a team mate there when you fall off, helping you dust yourself off, and get back in the saddle.
I don't know if she'd have gotten back on and kept trying, if she hadn't had a really great teacher giving her a little
enouragement push back on the pony.
Hanna and I have this little thing that do together. When we're facing something scary, something we might like to run away from, but know we have to do, to grow and get better... we call a "Kick Fear in the Face Day"... and just go do it.
There's power in not going it alone. Not going it alone can make or break the journey. If you're tired of going it alone, and want the support of a coach and an amazing team. Join us. :)
Time to Cowgirl UP!