The most important thing I've learned from meditation
Now I will be completely honest with you. I am by no means an expert at this. The reason they call it a meditation practice is because you're constantly trying to get better. But one thing that is taught me is that it is always okay to begin again.
The idea with meditation is that you're trying to stay focused. You're trying to calm your mind. Especially right now, there's just so much going on and your mind is constantly trying to go in 95 different directions. If you've never done meditation before, one of the things that you try to do is that when you realize that you are thinking about something else, is go back to whatever your focal point is.
Go back to your focal point
If you find your mind wandering off, you go back to that focal point. Most times it's your breathing. And you begin again to refocus.
As you go about your daily life, and you get distracted. You need to refocus. Think about what you should be doing. What should you be focused on?
The most important thing I learned from meditation is to begin again
So you begin again. And this also applies to when you fail at something in life. I have students that approach me and say, "You know what? I'm worried about taking the QuickBooks ProAdvisor exam. What if I fail?" I just tell them, "If you fail, you have three attempts to take the exam. And then if you fail on a third, try, you get locked out for 60 days. Then after 60 days, you can take the exam again."
But I still have students that will get so worried about failure. And that's okay. Our mantra in Bookkeeper Training School is if you fail the exam, (which only about 10% of our students do. Because we do a pretty good job preparing them for the exam.) it's not a big deal. In the meantime, you're going to keep going with the course, set up all your marketing. And you're going to start finding clients and letting them know that you are working on your QuickBooks certification.
Failure is an opportunity to learn
If you fail at something, you keep on going. Keep building your business. Get those first clients. And then when 60 days roll around, you're just going to begin again.
Maybe you feel that failure is the end. But I believe that failure is a learning opportunity for you to say, "How can I improve next time so that I can win?"
I've had several online ventures fail. But let me tell you, if I had the mentality that failure is the end and had never seen it as an opportunity to learn, we wouldn't have Bookkeeper Training School. We wouldn't have over a thousand women in Bookkeeper Training School, learning, growing, helping their clients, and getting certified. Because I dared to begin again, Bookkeeper Training School exists.
So when you get distracted, unfocused, and don't hit the benchmarks. Don't think that things are over. Instead, think about it as an opportunity to begin again. Even yesterday, last week, last month, or last year, didn't go the way that you want it to go, sit down and get refocused.
Make sure that it's something you still want to do. And then if it's still your goal and dream.... begin again.
Sometimes that means starting where you left off. And sometimes that means going back to the beginning and starting over. But no matter what that looks like for you, I never want you to forget that you always have the opportunity to begin again.
However you're feeling today, know that at any moment during your day, you can stop. Take a deep breath and begin again.
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