Inspired by a random video (see it at the bottom of this post) I saw on Facebook of Steve Harvey sharing about the secret of using gratitude, I told my personal journey of the past several months. More than a week later. that same post was still garnering comments and reactions, so I felt compelled to share it here, too. This is what I wrote:
My closest friends know at the end of last year, continuing through to the first couple of months of this year I went through a dark and depressed time with my work. After nearly 13 years of entrepreneurship, I quit it all. Stopped working. Full stop. Wrote a resume. Started looking for a job (gasp).
Through that process, I realized my unique skill set, professional experiences, and the way I have structured my life created a situation where it was very challenging to find any single “job” where I felt I could live and work in my own genius and be paid a salary in line with what I could bring to the table.
So I had to dig myself out of that deep hole and create a new business. Prayer and gratitude were a huge part of that for me. I pulled out my own Daily Business Meeting with God Journal and started again.
But this time I started differently. I thought about all the things I was doing and how I want to spend my days – and what I didn’t want to do anymore. Life is not a dress rehearsal… this is it.
So I did exactly what Steve Harvey shares here. I made that long, long list of all the amazing people and blessings I have in my life. And then I made a list of what I want in my life. I worked with a dear friend closely on changing some long-held, deeply rooted limiting beliefs and destructive patterns.
If you would have told me 5 months ago my work would be completely transformed into what it is today, I wouldn’t have believed you.
I went from what felt like a never-ending treadmill of product creation, affiliate promotions, email launches, endless sales pages, and constant “scurrying,” to the ease, grace, and joy of working with only a very few high-level clients doing intensive work with them. That has freed up my mind to unleash my creativity again and I’m now writing and ideas are flowing.
My speaking is different, too. I’ve always hit the stage with confidence and was well-received, but this most recent time, I had different, more powerful testimonials. Two weeks later, two different people stood up in a different room each proclaiming how my talk helped and impacted them… I was amazed.
I knew someday I’d share this personal story. I didn’t know when I woke up this morning today would be the day until I saw this video. So I’ll end with the wise words from this surprising source:
“Gratitude erases all negativity because there’s no room for negativity. It’s not a magic trick. Joy and depression cannot reside in the same space.”
“Gratitude changes your perception. Your perception changes your existence.” – Steve Harvey