It was a year ago today. I sat at my desk and wondered what the hell I would do now. For two years I had chased after a dream and that had ended in failure. I lost out and wasn’t picked for a board position I’d coveted for a very long time.
Sitting at my desk and writing my goals for 2018 left me with only one thought….
What now? Or more to the point, what’s next?
Little did I know what 2018 would bring?
I’m not one into platitudes and the old “when one door closes…” doesn’t sit well with me. I take more of the stance that if something goes wrong you’re allowed to feel like crap. You are allowed to crumble. I’ve been there and was certainly feeling that way a year ago.
My trick is to sit with the loss and wait. You don’t have to be still. You don’t have to give up. But you might need to be very patient.
Wait and listen. Contemplate. Sometimes when you are still the best ideas appear.
And you all know what happened next…
It only took two months for the idea to be handed to me. It was a very big idea. Something I had never dreamed of. It was daunting, but I gave it all my heart, followed the best advice, worked my ass off with the help of a ton of people and won.
What a difference a year makes.
So how did your 2018 pan out? Hoping for something better in 2019? Trust me when I say you have no idea what the future will hold.
Whatever you do, stick with what makes you happy. If something inspires you; stretch out. But don’t ever compromise your best side. Make sure that you always carry your integrity with you. And don’t sell yourself short.
You never know what will happen. You never know what’s next.
And that leads me to my most impactful part of 2018.
I met some pretty incredible people during that eight month campaign. Smart, funny, powerful, humble and with hearts bigger than you could ever imagine. New friends that I would never had crossed paths with if not for that crushing defeat a year ago. New friends that have my back and helped push me forward. New friends that picked me.
These people have been the best reward.
What’s next? I can only imagine.