I can hardly believe we are already 2 weeks into our 2nd quarter of this year!! Big things are happening now that we’ve finished our move and I can’t even begin to tell you how crazy excited I am for this quarter!!!!

I am playing a little “clean up” in my life and business as a part of my readjustment of goals for this quarter – something I advise that you each do as well.

Speaking of goals, how are your goals coming along? Are you on the path to achieving them? Do you feel like you’re in rut or have you given up on them completely?

If you’ve stayed on course – KUDOS to you!!! By now you have developed habits and actions that have become second nature to you and you are on the road to HUGE, GIGANTIC SUCCESS!!!

But, if you’re like most people, you have gotten off course or feel like you’re stuck in a rut, spinning your wheels. If you’ve gotten off course, do a little “cleaning up” in your business, recalibrate and get back on track.

A friend of mine relates the following story: It was October and they were Elk hunting when it began to snow. The dirt roads became what are termed, ‘greasy’ from the moisture and when this happens, a vehicle slides all over the road. The driver tries to straddle any deep ruts in the road in an effort not to become stuck, but sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard you try to stay on top of the road, your wheels just slide right down into the ruts. Rut_2

Well, as it turned out, she had to drive the four wheel drive vehicle on the greasy road because her father had a hunting license and he wanted his hands free in the event they saw any game. They were part of a larger hunting party, where some of their party was in a vehicle in front of her and the rest were in a vehicle behind her. They communicated via walkie talkies and she was informed that she was about to enter a steep canyon and at the bottom, there was a HUGE mud puddle with other hunters coming in the opposite direction waiting for our party to go through. Talk about anxiety taking over!!

Her father, sitting in the passenger side, had driven through situations like this many, many times before and was coaching her through this. At one point she asked her father to drive and she would watch how to do it (she was trying to use this as an excuse to get out of the task at this point – and he knew it!!) and his response was “Now is as good a time to learn as any other.” Oh man!! Time to bite the bullet!! All this time, her father was explaining how to traverse the greasy, watery, road and mud filled ruts. “When going down the mountain, put it in granny (1st gear, or lowest gear), ease off the clutch and let the engine take you down.” “Don’t slam on the brakes or you’ll slide off the road.” “You’re doing good.” “You got this.” It was VERY SCARY going down a road where on one side, the mountain went straight up and the other side was a steep drop off. As she reached the bottom of the steep mountain road, she said “Thank God for His protection and four wheel drives!!!” 🙂

Rut_3 The next obstacle was to go through the mud puddle that had deep ruts in it – double jeopardy!!! The only way to get to the other side was THROUGH the mud puddle. She watched anxiously as the first vehicle in their party drove through the mud puddle, sliding to and fro, narrowly missing the oncoming hunters’ vehicle.

Now it was her turn….fear gripped and momentarily paralyzed her as she thought about the possibility of sliding into their vehicle! She took a deep breath, put the truck into 2nd, eased off the clutch and stepped on the gas….she was into the deepest part of the ruts and mud puddle when she got scared because the water was coming up to the doors and she began to let off of the gas a little, at which her father shouted “Don’t let off the gas!!! Give it some more and GO!!!” “You’re doing fine!!” She punched on the gas and they were bouncing all over, the truck was swerving back and forth, the tires were spinning, spitting out mud and water all over the place, the other people in their hunting party were shouting into the walkie talkies “Go! Go! Go!” “YeeHaww, Ride ‘em cowboys!!!!!” She came within inches from hitting the other hunters’ vehicle, but she made it!! Talk about relief and excitement! Her heart was pounding, her hands were shaking but she didn’t give up. She couldn’t. If she would have given up, she would have been stuck in the ruts, in a mud puddle and forced to get out in the muddy water to hook up a tow chain – maybe even lying in the water to get under the truck to attach it!!

Is your business similar to this story? Do you feel like you’re inching along, barely seeing any results? Has fear gripped and immobilized you? Are you beginning to make excuses for lack of action? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you keep sliding into ruts and are just spinning your wheels?

Sometimes all it takes is a little tweak in your business habits to quit spinning your wheels. Like the father in this story, a coach will tell you exactly how to traverse your muddy waters. They will encourage you when you feel like giving up and help get you ‘unstuck’. They will be one of your biggest cheerleaders encouraging you to push through your fear and anxiety and keep working towards your goals and success! And once you get past your obstacles, you will feel tremendous excitement and exhilaration…not to mention self-satisfaction because of your accomplishment!!! You did it!!!

If there is anything we can do for you, we’re here!! Like I’ve said many, many times before, we believe in you and your success!!!

Quote for the week:

 A rut is a grave with both ends kicked out. Don’t stay there!!

          ~ Unknown


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