I wanted to end this week with a brief message of encouragement for you all. Sometimes we fall short of what we expect of ourselves. (Yes, even me.) It’s just part of life AND part of business. As long as you keep moving, though, you’ll make it.
Did you know that Mother Teresa was a great social entrepreneur? In a poem called, “Do It Anyway,” Mother Teresa said:
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, some could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
When you’ve got that dream where you want it, start laying out the steps that will get you there. And lay out NEW steps each step of the way! Goal-setting is a powerful tool for this. Knowing where you’re going also helps keep your eye on the prize. Just remember, Goal Setting is only part of the plan – Goal GETTING is MUCH better. And if you’re like MOST business builders, moving from setting to getting is NOT easy – having a mentor to guide you is vital to this process.
There are opportunities all around you – all you need to do is take advantage of them.
They may be opportunities to make money, and that may be what you need to do it right now. But there may also be opportunities to meet new people, to learn new things, to help relieve someone’s pain, or to work with that great mentor who is a perfect fit for YOU and your dream.
In the end those are the things that you’ll put in the bank.