Sometimes you meet someone and you’re like, “Oh, there you are” and other times you meet someone and you’re like *eye-roll, “she’s too much.” I’ve realized on my Movement Making path that you can learn something from everyone you meet, but some people if you let them can be a key to changing how you do life and business forever.
Today I’ll be lovingly doting on 4 people that have shaped and inspired the way I work, not just to pour praise on them, but to encourage you to open your eyes to what’s possible when you connect and continually build relationships with people.
If you’re going to create a successful business that makes a difference in the world you’re going to need some amazing people on your team, and these…are mine.
I could tell you the same wise words that so many gurus we appreciate and admire boldly proclaim…”Failure is a part of the process, accept it, learn from it and move on.” And yes, I completely agree, but really when the news is received, when you can feel yourself go straight up into slow motion and can feel your jaw drop and your heart start to pound louder and louder, moving on doesn’t seem like an option.
Accepting it feels ludicrous.
We are never going to be free of failure on this planet, we will always be disappointed about something that’s happened to us whether if it involves our business, movement, family or dreams.
Today I want to talk about how to bounce back after failing. More specifically when you fail at something that you poured your heart into and something that you wanted to impact lives. Whether it’s your passion project, IndieGoGo Campaign, social business or just a collaborative effort you were a part of that was meant to do good. This will help so much in the long run, because…
Flash Back to winter of 2011, just two years ago.
After months of no clients, I was considering going back to a day job which in my head was the absolute worst thing that could happen. Overwhelmed with guilt, and feeling completely discontent I couldn’t believe I was stupid enough to quit my day job, our primary source of income. How could I ever forgive myself?
With the help of my husband, some prayer and plenty of Alicia Keys song, Wait till you see me smile, I forgave myself and told myself, “honey, it’s time to hustle…no more day jobs, no more feeling sorry for yourself. Erin, I forgive you and it’s time to move forward, get clear on what I’m here to do and DO IT.”
Within a month, I started working on End Sex Trafficking Day and felt freedom in knowing that was exactly what I was meant to do and teach other entrepreneurs to do. The spark that allowed me to do it? Forgiveness.
Today I’ll be talking about why forgiveness is so needed in order to turn your business into a movement and truly make a difference in the world and three steps you can take today in order to do it.
Every client I work with finds it so surprising and always feels resistance to doing forgiveness work, but this is the kind of thing that can keep you held back in your life, business, change making, parenting and relationships for years if you don’t do it now.
Now that the End Sex Trafficking campaign is over for 2013, I can begin to share some of the many lessons learned from this years successful campaign. It was a Friday morning, the first of our families day off together and I just happened to check my Twitter stream before leaving to go shopping for some baby boy decor. I noticed I had some new mentions and quickly clicked the @ button to see what the tweet was. I stopped in my tracks.
What the what?!! Someone had gone off on me, my cause and my intentions on Twitter. Although I knew one day it would come, I wasn’t quite prepared. I wanted to have a sit down, let them know what they were saying was ridiculous and why. My heart was racing, my cheeks were red and half of me (perhaps the pregnant hormonal part) wanted to go off.
How did I respond? I didn’t do either, and I’ll tell you how I handled it in just a minute.
Two weeks ago in the middle of our IndieGoGo campaign, searching for “big” ideas to get money coming in…I came up with something HUGE (or so I thought). Ashton Kutcher as you may or may not know works to end sex trafficking…in fact he has his own organization. Ashton Kutcher also happens to have over 15 million followers on Twitter. So I put a click to tweet together and put out the call for HELP tweeting Ashton in all of my Facebook communities.
They rocked my world, and over 200 people tweeted Ashton.
I was sure he would tweet about our campaign and that millions of people would then get to join the movement by heading to our campaign page.