Everything I have now in my business (a modicum of success, an audience, a powerful network…) I have because I was desperate.
First, I had a dead end job that I just had to quit. Then I had a daughter who I wanted to home with and help her grow up. Next I had a burgeoning business that needed to get super pumped up to continue to exist.
In each case, I let desperation fuel my decisions.
- Use disposable diapers or cloth diaper to save money?
- Visit Starbucks or brew at home?
- Be too proud for help or accept someone’s offer of assistance?
- Play it safe or take a big risk?
- Try to do it all myself or make an investment in my business?
- Call it an early night night or work on another idea?
When you allow yourself to feel desperation, you end up making tough decisions. You push the envelope – you break out of your comfort zone. And you make big things happen for yourself.
Your desperation might be circumstantial, it might be a very real problem you find yourself with, or it might be the passion you have for what you’re working on. Sometimes desperation overwhelms us (don’t let that happen…) but you can also choose to feel it – embrace it – whatever your situation might be.
The trick is turning desperation in action – ideas – fuel.
Where is the desperation coming from in your life right now? What is it fueling you to do?
PS. It’s important to note that I don’t think that being desperate (rash and emotion driven) is the same as acting with a sense of desperation. Just as you can channel a sense of desperation from peaceful thoughts & desires, you can channel a careful desperation from rash emotions.