You’ve been there before. It happens to all of us. You can feel yourself getting so close to a goal that you’ve been trying to achieve for the longest time and you are handed a setback, typically it’s a major one … one that shakes you deep down to your core.
Maybe it’s something that makes you wonder if your goal is even worth pursuing anymore.
Let us share Brianna’s story. It went something like this…
Brianna’s goal was to run her own business. She had dreams of getting to the point where she had her hands in a few different businesses. But that starts with getting one up and running.
About half a year ago Brianna was able to start her first business. After the devastating blow of having recently been let go from her previous job, the timing was right.
As Brianna was searching around for her first client one happened to fall into her lap. She felt excited! Brianna’s client ended up being a fantastic one with a bunch of different projects to keep her busy.
She was off and running, until …
After four months of working with her first client, everything was going great. Her client got to the point where she had enough work to keep Brianna busy full-time. On top of that, there were hardly any hiccups. It was smooth sailing, and she felt great!
One day Brianna’s client went over some work that she submitted, as was normal for them on a weekly basis. For the first time in the four months of working together, Brianna’s client was not satisfied and criticized her work.
The You-Know-What Hit the Fan
Up to this point in her life whenever someone was critical, Brianna crawled into a hole. She didn’t take criticism well. The stress of not pleasing her client was almost overwhelming to Brianna.
Of course, she imagined the worst. She’d probably lose her client, her livelihood, her relationship, her family … everything!
Brianna got stuck and just wanted to run away and hide. She didn’t even want to do anything with her business anymore. How could she? Being told that something you do isn’t good enough can be a hard thing to bear.
A Sudden Realization
This wasn’t the first time she’d felt like a failure. There were many times in her life that she’d felt that she was just ‘not good enough.”
Brianna realized that she would need to break this pattern of her life if she wanted her business to succeed. After a few days of struggling she finally stood up and said to herself, “You know what, I refuse to let this setback ruin me.”
A lot of times the biggest critic in our lives is ourselves. Brianna’s client didn’t want to stop working with her. In fact, he didn’t even realize what he said had been taken this harshly.
For the First Time in her Life
Brianna got to a crossroads and for the first time in her life she was able to keep going. She had arrived at a point where she recognized an emotional pattern, and was ready to choose a new outcome.
She overcame the breakdown and made it to the breakthrough. After years of letting stuff bother her to the point that she wanted to call it quits, she realized that she was not willing to give up on herself. She decided to grow.
Scared … or Sacred?
Let’s face it, it takes a lot of courage to move outside your comfort zone. Being willing to face your issues — the deep emotional shackles that have kept you stuck and settling for so much less than you KNOW you truly deserve … and are capable of … sets you free. It is a profound and sacred moment.
So often, a breakdown precedes a breakthrough. But it doesn’t have to be as hard — or scary — as you think! If you’re ready for some emotional freedom, download the “3 ‘Deadly’ Mistakes That Cause Stress, Overwhelm and Burnout.”
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