Tuesday, September 15, 2009

You Are Where You Need to Be

As I reflect back over the last few months, I realize I'm a substantially different person than I used to be. I have a calmer demeanor, exude confidence, and am focused on exactly what I want to get out of my life, personally and professionally. In fact, this period has helped me crystallize the want and need to work for myself in very short order.

Today as I was thinking about this, a phrase came to me, "you are where you need to be." No doubt I'm paraphrasing someone. That doesn't make it any less of a discovery. I'm living the circumstances I need to live in order to spend more time with my family, discover what's really important to us, pickup a new sport, hone my personal branding message, sharpen my professional skills, and refocus my career goals.

Would I have considered starting a business if I was still employed and getting a steady paycheck? Probably not. I would still be talking about it, like a far off plan, a fairy tale, rather than do something about it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm still in search of employment. I still see employment and consulting as a mutually beneficial relationship where my focus is in acquiring the funds and skills necessary to continue my daily efforts to create a healthy new business.

What's the crux of this post? You too are exactly where you need to be. We all are. It may mean that you're doing well at home and work, or that you're at the opposite end of that spectrum, out of work, late on your mortgage payment and going through a divorce. In both set of circumstances, you're exactly where you need to be. In the former case, you're likely reaping the rewards of your hard work. In the latter, you're learning many lessons that will make you become better in living your life.

No matter the circumstances, look at them as an entrepreneur would: how can you work the circumstances so that you gain something positive out of them...and realize, you are where you need to be!