Journal Entry #2: Dear New Me…
Dear New Me…
You have a long, hard journey ahead of you. This journey is called “entrepreneurship” and it’s not going to be an easy road, so don’t expect it to be. There will be periods where it will get so difficult that you’ll want to retreat, but you mustn’t. You made a promise to yourself and you can’t ever betray yourself.
Expect resistance from everyone and everywhere, but remain resilient. The bad times you’re going to experience won’t last forever but because of them, you’ll appreciate the good times even more when they come. You have what it takes, but whenever you start to doubt yourself, read this journal entry; I’m writing it from the depths of my heart, and I’m writing it for you. You’re going to lose money, motivation, friends, momentum, and sometimes, it will even feel like you’re losing your damn sanity – but they will all come back. Whatever and whomever doesn’t return to your life wasn’t meant for you anyways so worry not. When it get tough – like really, really, really tough – cry if you must. But never, ever give up on yourself. And after you’ve given your all, give even more – you’ll always find more to give.
And New Me, give your utmost best every single day. The rewards you’re going to gain will be in direct proportion to the service you give and the value you add to the lives of others. Everyday, learn and implement something new. Take decided and deliberate action and you will achieve all you’ve ever dreamed of. Do everyday all you can do that day. Every single day. New Me, you will be rejected but you must persist – you must always persist. Don’t ever allow someone else to tell you that “you can’t do it.” Only you know all that you are capable and incapable of, so pay no attention to the nay-saying of others. You have some long, challenging days and nights ahead of you, but you will get through them all – every single one. Just believe you can, persist, and always expect the best.
I’m trying as best as I can to prepare you for telling you all the bad that will happen – and believe me, they will – but you must also remain hopeful and confident that good days are coming, too. They will even be more abundant than the bad ones. And after putting in consistent hard work, even when it will seem to no avail, keep reminding yourself that all you need is one single, perfect opportunity – and it will come. You will get your opportunity when you have first created it for yourself; and to create it, you have to begin preparing for it with your words, thoughts, and actions. Keep doing, thinking, and saying the right things; speak LIFE into everything that surrounds and encompasses you.
It is understandable that there will be times when you might feel sad about losing your job, but you mustn’t dwell on this or hold resentment towards anyone in your heart. Because, honestly, you have been waiting for this moment all your life. You now have the ultimate opportunity to create the life you desire – no ceilings. Go forth and be great! Everything from this moment on will be an uphill battle, but the view from the top will be worth it, so keep climbing. Stop and rest if you must, but always get back up and keep climbing. And even if you never get to the top, the journey and everything you will become along the way is way more valuable than the destination.
Remember the cactus flower: it struggles for life, but will one day bloom a beautiful flower. You are a woman of great strength and resilience and you, too, will bloom a beautiful flower one day. My journey with you ends here, but I have told and prepared you for all the difficulties you may face as best as I can; it is now up to you to work on becoming nothing but your BEST self. Go forth and be GREAT.
To Your Success,
– Your Old Self.
[Written on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 8:22am]
On March 11, 2014, I was informed by the HR Manager of the insurance company I was working with that my contract was ending in 2 weeks and would not be renewed. I committed myself to becoming a full-time entrepreneur from then on. I wrote this entry in my personal journal the following day, hoping it would keep me grounded on my new journey, because I wasn’t expecting it to be an easy one.
Today marks one year since my fateful goodbye to the company on March 28, 2014. I have since moved on to start my own business, Accessories & Essentials, and like I expected, my journey has not been an easy one by any means. Writing this journal entry at the time I did, and while I was clear-headed, was very important to me because I know from experience that our human flaws don’t always allow us to see truths, only appearances of truth. Since writing it over a year ago, I have read and re-read it many times over and always managed to gain clarity, strengthen my resolve and keep going!
I now choose to share it publicly in hopes of it helping someone else, and I sincerely hope it does. Please share it with someone who needs it and if you are the person who did, I’d love to know.Our human flaws often prevent us from seeing truths, only appearances of truth. Click To Tweet