Very often situations in life will present you with unexpected detours that threaten to stop you from achieving the goals that are milestones on the path of your pursuit of purpose. Sometimes you’ll invest a lot of time and effort, just to end up right back where you started. Last week I was faced with one of such situations…
Here is my story:
I travelled from Berlin to Dallas prepared to participate at the Bree Moore fashion show which was scheduled for the 31st of August 2015. I had everything sorted out, all my designs were ready – after all I had just participated at the Berlin FashNet fashion show a couple of weeks before. As meticulous as I am, I had contacted an Air Freight Service to carefully ship my designs, tools and fabrics to Dallas even before I left Berlin. Upon arriving Dallas approximately one week before the show, I was faced with the reality of the fact that my shipment could not be located. Somehow it had disappeared between Berlin and Dallas.
In great despair, my first thought was to cancel the show! Five days before the show and there still was no sign of my stuff showing up. Incidentally I had to choose to either cancel the show or get myself together and do 8 dresses in 5 days. In my frustration, I told myself there was no way I could make it. But eventually I could turn the frustration into an achievement…
So how then do you transform this kind of frustration into an achievement?
1. Make a decision
Instead of directing your frustration at some person or object or situation outside yourself, look inward and make a realistic decision. When faced with such a decision, choose the path that strengthens you. Choose to learn, choose to grow, choose to more fully become who you are.
Recognize that the energy of your frustration is attempting to validate and express some key positive value that you sincerely treasure.
I looked within and I saw the treasure of perseverance that was so abundantly put within me and decided to brace myself up and do what it takes to bet at the fashion show.
2. Get going – Quickly
As soon as you make a decision, do something about it. Lock in your commitment with immediate action. At the moment you decide to do something positive and fulfilling, your passion is fully engaged. Keep that passion burning by acting on it right away.
3. Meaningful effort
Put the full power of your belief behind what you are doing. Follow what you are passionate about, and give the energy of your passion to it. Resolve to meet that challenge, and to do what you do in such a way that you can truly believe in it. Make every effort a meaningful effort, and enable those efforts to produce great and satisfying results.
“Every sincere effort brings a valuable reward, even though the result may not be exactly as you planned. Getting there the fastest is not nearly as important as making the most of every moment.” – Ralph Marston
I did put lots of effort, sleepless nights and my creativity was tried to its most! I realised that this situation provided an opportunity for renewed determination and commitment. With little resources and non-professional tools I was able produce satisfying results that I’m very proud of.
Success is truly a way of life. If I could make it, then you can make it too – irrespective of where you find yourself and what situation is keeping you down. After all, you had the courage to get started in the first place and you have the determination to keep going – so just keep going no matter what. Dream without limits, and act on those dreams. Live without excuses or apologies for your desire to succeed, but with a persistent, driving desire to make a difference.
I dedicate this collection to all who supported me morally, spiritually and physically to make it happen. Your encouragement and your belief in my ability to make it is the ultimate fuel to my passion and my pursuit of purpose. THANK YOU! DANKE! MERCI! GRACIAS!
With Love from Coko Diamond!