I was at a business event this week and made a huge mistake. After a busy day of meeting people at my booth, I packed up my laptop and headed back to my room. The next day I returned to find that all the business cards I collected were taken out of my fishbowl. I was crushed. I met so many wonderful women and now I didn’t have their contact information to follow-up with them.
I was angry at first, shocked and then my heart sunk realizing that something inside of me created that mishap. I took responsibility for all of it and became aware of some interesting things that subconscious was doing. I quickly adjusted my thinking to align with success at that event. I kept holding the intention that this was going to turn out to be a gift. I knew somehow that losing those cards was a good thing.
On the last day, the host of the event (a well-known multimillionaire in the coaching industry), called me and another person who were victims of the business card heist to the front of the stage. There, in front of over 350 people, she said our names and told everyone to give us their card again. Talk about a great plug!
Not only did I uncover a sneaky subconscious pattern that was slowing down my success, I also received an on-stage endorsement of a big player in my industry. I received twice as many business cards on the third day as I originally had and the hearts of everyone in the room.
I am sharing this story so you, too, can look at setbacks or seeming failures as a blessing. There is good in everything if you keep looking for the gift. The breakup that led to a better partner, the layoff that led to a better job, the divorce that led to finding your true passion in life, and so on.
So, think about your last setback in love or business and journal about all the good that came out of it. If you train your mind to look for the gift in all circumstances, you are certain to find it.