At the weekend, I watched the DVD of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – a story about a fictitious group of elderly Brits who, no longer able to afford to live in the UK, decide to move to India.
Like any new venture, the story is full of conflict, compromise, challenges – and new friendships – as the group settles in to their new surroundings.
Possibly my favourite line from the film is this, from the hotel owner: “Everything will be all right in the end. So if everything is not all right, it is not yet The End.”
When I started my business, I fully believed that everything would eventually be all right – I would easily find the clients I wanted to work with, I would help them to achieve their goals, and I would be successful and happy.
I didn’t know HOW I was going to achieve all this – I just new that, sooner or later, I would. Of course, from the financial point of view, at least, I would have preferred it to be sooner, rather than later!
After nearly 6 years of struggling to find the right sort of clients – the sort that I was best suited to help – deeply in debt, I gave up the struggle. I stopped trying to find these elusive clients, and I told myself that I would do anything to earn the money I needed.
Suddenly, out of the blue, I started to get enquiries from more serious clients – I don’t mean they didn’t have a sense of humour, but rather that they had bigger projects on the go, and they needed help to make them happen.
Overnight, I went from struggling to make ends meet to earning the kind of income that I had always had in mind, but not previously materialised. It was as though, rather than swimming against the current, I was being carried along by it – going with the flow.
Ironically, this sort of work was probably always there – I just hadn’t had the success mindset. I had been fixated on providing a particular type of help, rather than being open to offering what comes most naturally to me – focusing on communication and managing relationships, to keep a project on track.
There are still challenges, of course – and that’s only to be expected. After all, if there were no challenges – if everything were all right – it would be The End!
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