You ever have one of those days when everything you touch seems to turn to crap?
That was me yesterday.
I woke up from some bizarre dream in which I was giving a seminar and no one was paying attention. I was both furious and horrified and began questioning my role as a businesswoman. Even after I woke up, I couldn't seem to shake that feeling.
On the way to work, the oil light in my car came on. Of course, it happened just before I realized there was a huge back up on my route, meaning at least a 30 minute addition to my commute (with the oil light on!).
Once at work, my first meeting was running 45 minutes late, bumping the rest of my day off track.
At 2pm I held a seminar and only half the people showed up. I forgot to set up a projector to show the movie I wanted to use to kick off the session and I just couldn't get my energy up through the whole thing. I felt distracted and off-kilter.
Afterwards I discovered that the reason half the people didn't show up was that I had mistakenly sent them the wrong date and time info, so they were expecting to come the next day! That meant a round of mea culpa emails and offers of refunds.
To make it just ever so slightly worse, I had a guy shadowing me all day whom I was supposed to be impressing with my organizational and teaching skills. He wants to invest in our business. Or at least he did.
I went home feeling like a failure.
I sat in the house staring at the wall wondering if I was in the right business. Sure, we'd made it seven years and beaten the small business drop out odds, but was I any good? Did I have a right to be doing this?
So what to do? Quit? Go find a job that was less demanding? Pack up and head back to the apparent safety of the corporate world.
Luckily, I read a wonderful quote the other day that just happened to sitting on my desk when I went upstairs last night and it is the thing that helped me wake up this morning with a new attitude, and an invigorated spirit.
It's from the inimitable Seth Godin and it says
"Never quit something that has great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment...
If you are making a decision based on how you feel at the moment, you are probably making the wrong decision"
So what do you do with a sucky day? Pull out the Dip and give it a read. It takes all of 30 minutes and can get your head back in the right place.