When I was a little girl, I remember my mom getting a big stone and placing it on a desk in the garden and with what looked like a little pick axe thing, she would chip away at it every day for about half an hour. I didn’t understand why my mom did this and quite frankly in my little mind I thought something was wrong with mom at the time but because I absolutely loved my dearest mommy I would sit there patiently while she chipped away at this big rock.
In my little mind, this daily exercise with my mom took years but thinking back it took about 2 to 3 months. At the end what was once a big rock was now a little stone.
Now you might wonder why I am talking about my mom chipping away at a rock. When I started my business things were not easy. I was so desperate that I would take whatever work I was given, I would undercharge so that I would get work and I was working really long hours just to make ends meet. I was owing on my house rent, I could hardly afford to feed myself sometimes and this was all because I wanted to do the one thing which I always wanted and that is have my own business.
I remember someone really close to me saying Uzo, I think you have tried your best and worked your hardest, its time you gave this up and go and look for a job. How could I just give up? How could I pack it all in? I just knew I couldn’t give up just yet and so I did the following
• I set myself some goals: What i wanted to achieve
• I then wrote down how I wanted to get there: What actions do i need to take
• I then started doing those things:Engaging in consistent actions to get there
This experience with my mom taught me a very valuable lesson that when you work consistently at your challenges, you will get through and like Marie Forleo says, everything is figureoutable as long as you don’t give up.
Needless to say, I did come out of my very difficult situation, I got my own contract and I became my own NVQ centre. What I am trying to say here is DON’T GIVE UP! Work hard, engage in consistent actions, believe in yourself and you will make it.
So if you are reading this and you feel like giving up, don’t throw in the towel just yet. Write down your goals,work hard at them, be consistent and you will make it because Everything is Figureoutable!
Might I add here that the person who told me to give up, ended up working for me 🙂