When the World Conspires Against You, Redouble Your Efforts

The past four days have been challenging to say the least.

My wife got sick Thursday night and had gastrointestinal issues all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In fact, she spent most of Friday on the sofa since her gut hurt so badly.

Then, within 5 minutes of coming home on Friday afternoon, my son Patrick began throwing up.

He threw up on the carpet… twice… about 60 minutes apart. So I bathed him twice. I cleaned the carpet twice. And I emptied the bucket for him the 5 times or so he vomited after that.

I was basically cleaning up vomit from 5 until 7 on Friday. (My wife couldn’t help because she was sick, too. And did I mention I have a one-week old infant?)

Sunday looked as if everybody might be getting a little better. But then Patrick vomited again last night around 7:30.

Luckily, I was already on high-alert, so I was able to get him to the kitchen sink before Mt. Patrick erupted.

Then, to top it all off, I got a speeding ticket on the way to the office this morning. (Question for my CPA: If I get a speeding ticket while driving to the office, can I write that off as a business expense?)

Anyway, not an auspicious start to the weekend… or the work week.

Yet I’m using all this as motivation to kick it into high gear this week.

I’m not going to let circumstances dictate my attitude, motivation, or results.

I’m going to redouble my efforts and make the best out of the hand I’ve been dealt the last four days.

And you know what?

No matter what’s going on in your life, you can do the same. Take the emotion generated by negative circumstances and convert it into positive action.

You’ll get more stuff done — and you’ll feel better, too.

-Ryan M. Healy

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Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like WordStream.com, SmallBizClub.com, and MarketingForSuccess.com.