Recently I have found myself in a quest to find myself, seeking meaning in my identity, pondering spirituality, wrestling with my true purpose – if you’ve ever found yourself there, leave me a comment so I know I’m not the only one. For awhile, it felt like a crisis, like a shipwrecked sailor who couldn’t see an island for miles. Now, I’m realizing how much I have grown and continue to grow as a result of this journey, and it is creating opportunities in my personal life and also to make more money than I’ve ever made before.
Tony Robbins likes to tell the story of ten years in his life that he mapped out, documenting the major events that happened each month. He says that he was surprised that the times of greatest trial or tribulation resulted in the greatest growth and even the greatest joy in his life. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but those struggles allowed for changes and opportunities that created the most positive experiences later in life.
This is true for most people, as well, even if few of us record each month of our lives. The times that seem the hardest are the same opportunities that can provide abundance and joy, depending on how we deal with the present crisis. In fact, crises and new challenges are the reason why most people create online businesses.
For some, that crisis is losing their employment or the boss that threatened their security. For others, it’s hitting a wall in their personal development as they search for meaning, and they realize that they need more time with family. Others feel like me, as they recognize their call to something greater and seek to make it happen.
People on the outside may see these situations as trials or crises, and rightfully so, because they each bring their own set of challenges. But successful people see them as opportunities, even when the world says that they are insurmountable challenges. This is what makes us different.
Losing a job is new freedom to build a business. A personal struggle is an opportunity to find yourself. A broken relationship is the chance to pursue interests and people that have been neglected.
The key difference is what we do with the challenges and crises that we face. If we accept them as the world tells us that we should, then we are doomed to experience the same fate as the world. If we see them as opportunities, then we have the ability to turn them into joy.
The key is ACTION. Recently I did what I considered to be the scariest thing that I have ever done. Pushing through it gave me incredible muscles that can be flexed anytime a challenge appears to be in my way, and my life is so enriched as a result of that experience.
The same is true for your online business. When starting out, the challenge often seems insurmountable, as though you can never break through, and the fear cripples action. When we see the end result, however, and we recognize that it is an opportunity that will allow us to flex our muscles in the future, we take the reigns of our financial futures. And once again, the key is taking action.
Some refrain from taking action because of fear or the aversion to learning new skills, but when crisis hits (a job loss, a medical issue, a sudden need for cash), it spurs action to join Wealthy Affiliate, create their own product, or start a niche blog. And because of this, the crisis is exactly what was needed – a blessing in disguise.
Personally, my crisis had the end result of inspiring me to work within my unique abilities, because they enrich my life and the lives of others. As a result, my business will grow at record speeds in the next year.
It was just four years ago that another crisis inspired me to take immediate action; I was headed to college and had no way to pay for it. Because of that, I took immediate action to start an online business as an affiliate marketer, and it still constitutes the majority of my income. Hands down, the best place to begin as an affiliate is at Wealthy Affiliate – and with the price rising in just a few days (almost like a penalty for sitting on the sideline), the time for action is now.