The Power of Numbers

by on January 12, 2009

Have you ever let a number totally and utterly ruin your day? I was blindsided this morning by two hugely powerful numbers – so powerful they actually made me physically sick.

The first number : 141.9

Not so huge really – everything is relative, right? Could be a good number if it were, say, tips for a few hours work, or the total of phone order for candles. But no. This was the number on my scale this morning. It stared malevelantly up at me, mocking my previous achievement of 133.2 and delivering a body blow (pardon the pun!) that made my head swim. An obvious, indefensible indictment of my complete lack of culinary discipline ever since I left for South Africa in November.

I tried to tell myself it didn’t matter. That I could lose it all in a week or two.But deep in my ever-expanding gut, I knew I was lying to myself – again.

I could hear Rhonda Byrne’s self-satisfied little voice on “the Secret” audiobook telling me that she now maintains her perfect weight of 116lb (coincidentally my perfect weight too) and “can eat whatever I like.”

And my gut whispers back, “That’s obviously not working for you.”

The second number : somewhere between 500 and 1000

MINUS somewhere between 500 and 1000!

The total amount of money I wasted/lost/frittered away last year on my MLM business. Yes, I sold over $2,500 in just 3 home parties – a fact not to be discounted when looking at the huge potential of this business – and had I done more of said events, things would probably have looked a great deal better. But too much “organizing” and not enough actual selling can only result in a loss and a large red figure on the balance sheet.

I just didn’t realize how big a loss it would be. It sort of crept up on me in small payments for candles I didn’t sell and a website nobody visited.

I am so disappointed in myself that my head aches and I am nauseous to the pit of my stomach.

And all the while, there’s this debate going on in my head :

· So , this is going to be … let me see … the FIFTH network marketing company that you’re going to fail at?

· Talking about it is only going to attract more of the same. You know The Secret! Stop focusing on the failure!

· Your husband doesn’t really want you to do this anyway. He doesn’t believe it’ll work.

· But there are so many women out there who are succeeding at this business, when in truth they don’t have your skills or abilities.

· So why do you keep tanking?

· Can’t you ever finish anything?

Aaah, there’s the rub!

It’s all about FINISHING – all about the follow through!

So many things given up on – the weight loss; the business; the innumerable decorating projects littered around my house.

Coincidentally – is there really such a thing as coincidences? – I read a quote by Harv Eker in which he says the reason 99% of people fail at anything is because they give up too early. Or words to that effect.

So here’s the Main, Non-Negotiable Goal and Resolution for 2009 –

Whatever I start, I will Finish! Or I will follow through until I succeed.

And as though the Universe wants to prove that there’s no coincidences – here’s the quote printed on my Starbucks coffee cup this morning –

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating –

in work, in play, in love.

The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic,

from the fear that likes to dress itself up

and parade around as rational hesitation.

To commit is to remove your head

as the barrier to your life.”

Anne Morriss – Starbucks Customer from NYC

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Kimberly Castleberry@wordpress help April 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

As the say, the proofs in the pudding… the numbers are the signs along side the road that tell us if we’re going the wrong direction. Numbers are the signposts of life. Look forward to the days you enjoy the signs that tell you you’re finally arriving!
.-= Kimberly Castleberry@wordpress help´s last blog ..Make Fan Page FBML Welcome Tabs Easy! =-.


Tracey Keefer @ Free MLM Help May 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

You are so right goddess we are an instant satisfaction society! If we don’t reach our goals on our schedule we lose steam and many just up and quit! I have done more times than I am proud to admit.

Thank you for your honestly always keeping it real and for reminding me to be real and see it through too!

“Dream, Believe, Become…”
.-= Tracey Keefer @ Free MLM Help´s last blog ..The Charles Schulz Philosophy! A Theoretical Perspective =-.


Jacqueline Gates May 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oh that Instant Satisfaction need will get you every time – I think that it’s support like this that makes all the difference in whether you succeed or not.


Young And Fabulous May 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Jacqueline, your post reminded me of a quote I shared yesterday: “Mistakes will be made. Failure will occur. You pick yourself up and carry on.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

With that said, all we can do now is keep moving on. You’re one of the most inspiring people I’ve met, I’m sure you will get through this. And you’re right, it’s about following through and finishing. So see you at the finish line!
.-= Young And Fabulous´s last blog ..Fitness Family 2010 – Let Your Body Heal =-.


Jacqueline Gates May 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Aah goddess Cherrie ~ You are just as inspiring to me. Thank you for the encouragement 🙂


Mark Testa@california free online mls listing October 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

The thing about commitment is that, there are times that it blinds the person of trying to prove themselves too much. Commitment has always been about love and passion. These two things are what will keep any person from giving up. No matter how many times they fail, they will persevere. And because they’re passionate and love what they did, they inherently become good at what they do. Then it’s just a matter of time before they succeed. It’s inevitable.


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