Here in beautiful Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, truly savoring the beauty of this great nation. As I immerse myself in the omnipotence of the moment, I am overcome with joy and gratitude that I was given the opportunity to come here and create a magnificent life.
I wish you and your families a Happy July 4th – a Happy Independence Day, if you are one of my friends here in the US and if you live elsewhere, I wish you a Happy Freedom Day…
I remember February of 1989, I migrated to this “land of the free”. I barely spoke
English, was fearful and terrified to be transplanted in a foreign country, where
people around me yelled at me because they couldn’t understand what I was
saying. That frequent occurrence didn’t help with my already very low and damaged self-esteem.
My self-esteem might have been at an all time low, but there were a few things
I held on so tightly to:
- Love of family and desire to help make their lives better
- Hope for a brighter future
- Strong faith in God’s purpose for my life
People say “hope” is not a strategy and I absolutely agree… However, to be completely honest with you… when I was going through one of the roughest times in my life, it was HOPE that kept me going…. It was the dream that one day I too will succeed that kept me from giving up. It was the images of my Mom, Dad and siblings who were all still in the Philippines that fueled my fire for success!
Did it come easy? Absolutely NOT! Every time I was gearing for a promotion, I experienced major challenges upon major challenges. I moved from home to home, experienced bankruptcy, drove a beat-up car, didn’t have a lot of friends
and it felt like the only logical choice was to go back to the Philippines.
However, even if giving up was the best option available, I decided to keep on moving. I kept on
DREAMING… HOPING… BELIEVING
And, there was one thing I did as I continued to dream, hope and believe.
I KEPT ON TAKING ACTION and TAKING RISKS.
I experienced heartaches, frustration, breakdowns, misery, pain, unbelief
defeat and every negative thought you could possibly imagine.
One thing I refused to do was to WALLOW IN MY DESPERATION and
self-pity. I would go through the motion of the tears, the pain, the heartache…
I embraced them and then eventually I’d let them go…
People often wonder the secret to my success… looking back, I can say that
what kept me going then are the same things that keep me going now. Do I have the same pain and frustration? Sure… but not pain and frustration from lack but
what I call “Happy Discontent”. But that’s for another day…
For now, I just want to send this to you to encourage you to declare today as your
FREEDOM DAY… the day you will commit to being free from:
Giving up on your dreams
Letting yourself down
Letting your families down
I want to be able to some day give you a great big hug and say “Happy Hope-niversary on your Freedom Day!” I declared mine in May 11, 2006 when a friend mocked me and told me “You will never succeed as an entrepreneur”… that same friend is no longer an entrepreneur but am still here… encouraging, empowering, engaging and equipping entrepreneurs.
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Until we connect…
I Am Cheering You On To Your Success!