“Just hang on. This is where your story gets good.” Those are the words I felt surge through me in a moment of anxious prayer over business plans gone south.
My commitment was sound. I wanted to dedicate more time and energy to the little ones from home. How could they learn to live a healthy and balanced life, after all, while witnessing their mom as a stressaholic glued to her laptop and phone? Not great…for them, or for me.
The plan was a good one (or so we thought), to sell one of our newly debt-free, cash flow positive gyms to someone who could give it the resources my husband, Paul, and I weren’t willing or able to take from our kids for it.
But a buyer was not to be. So, over the weekend we made the tough decision to close the doors to our Baton Rouge location after 7 1/2 years of serving the community. The possibility of going through that experience is what perhaps keeps some from following their entrepreneurial heart in the first place. And, I have to be honest, it does suck.
I had started, bought, and sold mission-driven companies over the years; but never had I closed one down. And to do it on those who loved and relied on a business we also loved felt nauseating. Tidal waves of emotion were hitting me. Was there something I could have done differently to change this outcome? Was my commitment to my children eclipsing something else of major value? Was I doing it wrong somehow? And now what?
In the movies, when plans get rerouted and our protagonist must make a heartfelt choice to move forward we call this a turning point. What I’ve learned over the years is that when we face these moments of unexpected conflict by making a fear-inspired choice, unfavorable outcomes multiply. A wise choice from love always improves the story, even if at first we feel the chaos of our own overturned plans.
So, today I am reminded that a beautiful turn of events is often preceded by discomfort and chaos. At this critical turning point in my own story, I chose what mattered most in my heart. And I’m so grateful for the time I had changing lives in our states capital. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out for my family and me.
The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is composed of two characters respectively representing “danger” and “opportunity.” When there’s a plot twist in your own life, are you willing to turn that end-of-the-world feeling into excitement over new opportunities?