In March, I was on a roll. I joined a 30-Day Challenge that was going to change my business…and it was. I’ve been a copywriter for over 30 years. The Creative Director and a big radio station for over 12. A year and a half ago, I started my own business. I did over $46,000 of sales in the first year. Good, right? I wanted more. It wasn’t the money. It was the rush of seeing something from a different perspective and marketing in a whole new way. I was steamrolling ahead. I always preached “momentum” and I had it. I couldn’t see how anyone could lose it.
Until I did.
In the late morning of April 26 (my birthday, btw), I got word that a dear friend (and the pastor of my church) had died of sudden heart failure. Everything stopped.
Even my breathing.
For the next two months, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t think. I definitely could cry tho.
Momentum was broken and I didn’t have anything in me that could fix it. There’s something about being paralyzed by grief that is truly scary once you look back. I never felt truly incapable of doing anything before. If you’ve ever been in that space, or are in it now, you know.
Now I’m moving again. I’m almost done with a course with Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi. I’m so glad I took the leap and got into this even tho when I did it, I wasn’t ready or capable of learning much. I realize now that it was my momentum trying to fix itself. Pushing from somewhere deep inside that died right along with my friend.
I’ve always wanted more purpose and more impact and more service to my businesses. Now, somehow, things are clearer, focused and purposeful. I want a legacy. I want to be remembered for serving other people. For helping. For encouraging. For being someone who’d believe in you when no one else would.
Life and momentum can be robust or fleeting. You need to grab ahold of both when you can and ride them as long as you can. Make a difference. Start now. One step is what gives momentum a breath. I’m thankful for that. I challenge you: If your momentum is broken, do one thing today. Take one productive step that will give YOU life again.