Motivation Monday: Sing a new song

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One of my favorite anecdotes stems from a tragedy.

Julie Andrews — world-famous singer, “Mary Poppins” and “Maria von Trapp” to us all — had surgery on her vocal cords in 1997. It was botched, her singing voice irreparably damaged.

“I was mourning [the loss] one day and Emma said, ‘Mummy, you must find a different way of using your voice,'” Andrews recounted to People Magazine.

Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton have since authored more than 20 children’s books.

“Everything fell into place,” she said.

A friend’s Facebook post this week reminded me of Andrews’ words.

“So this week I took a bike ride,” my friend wrote. “I hope it’s the first of many because I’m also hoping it will replace something dear that I’ve lost.”

A runner for two decades, she was advised by her doctor to stop, due to a lingering injury.

“I didn’t realize how hard it would be to give up something that had been a part of me for so long,” she wrote.

But then, posting a picture of her new bike, she concluded, “We will find new adventures, and make new memories. Here’s to the next love story.”

We often think of our businesses in terms of successes or failures.

But sometimes it’s just time to move on. Even when you’re “succeeding,” sometimes it’s time to try something new, lest the daily grind kill your passion for your venture.

My challenge to you today is to look at your business and ask yourself “what’s next?”

What are other options for making money? Which of your skills aren’t you using and how can you incorporate them for maximum gain? What’s your three-month, one-year, five-year plan? Is it big enough? Can you do more?

Or, if you’re struggling, “What isn’t working?” and “What might work better instead?”

Sometimes you have to shake off the first three quarters in order to win the freakin’ game.

It’s easy to get stuck: In our heads, in our failures, in our successes, in a rut.

Push yourself today to explore something new.

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