Sometimes a rainy day can bring some of the brightest sunshine into your life.
I am one of those people who actually likes rainy days. The sound of soft rain tapping against the window panes, the low rumbling of thunder off in the distance, the aroma of fresh coffee brewing in the kitchen…these are all things that bring my creativity to the surface. On these days, I feel the welcoming warmth of my home. I don’t really care about going out unless I have to. These days are my most productive as I work at my desk. Even more than usual, I want to open my mind and let the words flow through my fingers on to the keyboard, writing down my thoughts and ideas, creating a story or a poem … painting a picture with the words. For some reason, rainy days inspire me to find and write the words that bring sunshine back into my day.
These days are also extremely productive days for me in my business. I am more likely to pick up the phone and call past clients, or cold call for new clients, hoping to find as many silver linings as possible to help brighten my day. It seems to me that other people are more responsive on rainy days. Maybe a smiling voice on the other end of the phone adds some sunshine to their day. At least, to me, it seems like cold calling works better when the sun isn’t shining. People aren’t thinking about getting out of the office to enjoy the beautiful weather. Summer has so much to offer. But, when it’s raining, it seems like you have their full attention. Maybe that’s why I seem to set more appointments on rainy days than on sunny ones.
Being in business for yourself has its ups and downs, for sure. It’s hard to keep yourself motivated every day. Some days you’d rather just pull the covers up over your head and catch a few extra hours of sleep. Other days you jump out of bed ready to run a marathon. The important thing is to never give up on yourself. Never forget your goals, and even on those days when you don’t feel like it, make an attempt to follow your plan to achieve those goals. It’s funny how once you start walking in that direction, your day keeps getting better and better.
Don’t let the difficulties or challenges hold you back. Nothing worth having is easy to attain, so expect to do the work that will bring you the results you are striving for. Surround yourself with positive people. Don’t let negative people ruin your day. Put positive thoughts at the front of your mind by reading through your written goals, and reviewing your business plan to achieve those goals on a regular basis. You can’t be negative if you have realistically positive goals and plans written down to help inspire and energize you.
Don’t expect overnight success. Don’t stop when things seem like they are too hard. Adversities are the storms of life, complete with dark clouds, and sometimes hurricanes, hail or tornadoes. You can get through them if you stand strong. The sun will come back out again, and those storms will make you stronger once you get through them. Remember that they are there to teach you. Use them as learning tools. Use mistakes as learning tools. Every problem you solve takes you closer to becoming the person you want to be, and making your business what you want it to be.
Take one step at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time. You, and only you, are in charge of your life, and your future. Every day is a new chance to achieve something great.
Even when it’s raining, there are silver linings to be found.
So make today count.