When Life Hands You Lemons

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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying at least once before: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!” Perhaps you or someone you know has gone through an unexpected divorce or lost a job or two. But when you have been handed lemons, have YOU made lemonade? Dave and I sure have!

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the negativity of what is going on in your life when, and please pardon my mouth, the shit hits the fan. Your life was coasting along relatively smoothly until, “BAM!” Your life tire pops on the interstate and you have no idea where to turn off. Worse yet, the road is closed up ahead. What are you going to do?

Like your car, sometimes your life has a tire which needs to be changed.Unfortunately a lot of people don’t have a spare in the trunk, don’t know how to use their given tools to change the tire, and don’t have a map to help them reach their next destination. Are YOU prepared for your next flat tire?

Consider these thoughts:

  • If you’re a college graduate, the skills you learned in college are only a fraction of the skills you know. Chances are you have picked up more than a few marketable skills along your road of life. Don’t feel pressured to find a job in the field you have a degree in just because you’re still paying off the student loans for that degree.
  • Unless you’ve blown up every bridge you’ve driven over, you should have a network of people who are willing/able to help you. Whether by offering feedback and emotional support to you along your journey or by investing $10 in your gas tank, you probably have more supporters than you know you do.
  • When life hands you lemons, you don’t have to worry about investing much to put the rest of your lemonade ingredients together. The same should be true about your own life detours. Most people I know are knowledgeable/passionate about at least one subject in a field in which they have never worked. If your knowledge base is there, you already have step up on people who don’t.
  • There is no recipe for success. Even with a Betty Crocker cook book laid out in front of you there is still the possibility of error, from equipment malfunctions to user error. Most of us can’t afford to have Bobby Flay in our kitchen, but how about a business/life coach? You may have a thousand ingredients you can use to make your lemonade better, but a coach will help you decide which one or two you should actually focus on while mixing your pitcher of success. Sometimes less is more.

My husband and I have been handed more than a few lemons over the course of our lives. Perseverance has pushed us through to where we are today — Making great things happen for us and our businesses. Contact me today to find out how my team and I can help you turn your lemons into lemonade!

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