We sat riveted: the room was eerily silent. For a conference luncheon packed with 1,300 Professional Speakers, that is a miracle.
“What if I took away all your chairs, tables, food and water? Then what if I locked all the doors and covered them with steel? Then I turned down the temperature to 35 degrees below zero and left you here for 72 days? Would you survive? What would you do? I don’t know.”
Nando Parrado, survivor of the famous Andes plane crash in 1972, and author of Miracle in the Andes paused and scanned the room. He gave us a half smile, shook his head, and said again, “I don’t know.”
The usual gaggle of complaints one hears from road warriors weren’t heard after that speech. We who travel extensively have our favorites: “The airline was rude!” “My plane sat on the tarmac for ONE HOUR!” “It took me 2 days to get my bags!” “The hotel downgraded me to a first floor room!” If any of those complaints occurred to anyone, they weren’t voiced. All we heard in our heads was this understatement: “I don’t have problems. I have issues.”
It has been a week since the National Speakers Association convention. It was undeniably, from start to finish, one of the best investments of time and money I’ve made in many years. As I filter through my stacks of notes, ideas, and to-do lists, and while I work to implement a new business plan, that phrase still echoes.
“I don’t have problems. I have issues.”
The “economy” – an entity that has taken on a persona all it’s own – just doesn’t seem like all that big a deal any more. As soon as I realized that, it became less of a problem. I did the best thing any of us can do – I got to work.
I’ve been checking in with clients going back 20 years to celebrate my 20th anniversary as a full time speaker. Because I’m happy when I call them, they are happy to hear from me. And isn’t that what we all need and want right now? We need to be talking with each other, lifting each other up, finding solutions… Together – we will.
Whatever is facing you, whatever struggles you have right now, you can choose to move forward and do something – TODAY.
Maybe you need to try a different path. Maybe it’s time to go back to old clients and old connections. Maybe you toss out the old business plan and start a new one. If you are on the unemployment line – what skills and talents do you have that you can use for a new adventure. What skills were you not using in your old job that you would like to use now? Is it time to offer your services as an independent contractor? Could you work several Temp jobs while you figure out your next move? Could you collaborate with someone who might help you? Keep asking the questions. The answers are there.
We don’t have problems, we just have issues…
Hang in there,
© Beth Terry Seminars, Inc.