Did you lose your job? The steps to take back your power: act now

It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re looking for a job, starting a home business, or wanting to change something in your life. You are totally immersed in misery and you really don’t know how to move on. It’s totally overwhelming.

I was laid off from my job at the “door knob company” when I was 48 years old. I thought the world had ended and I never wanted to look at another doorknob. That was hard to do if I wanted to get out of my house.

So I went through the three steps of grief:

1. Disbelief

2. Anger

3. Acceptance

The time to complete these three steps was up to me. I had to admit that I no longer had a job, get angry (I’m good at it), and finally accept that this wasn’t personal. The company had to do what it had to do to survive. It turned out that five years later they closed their doors. I was lucky to be released with a severance package before they went under.

The quickest way to get through this process, particularly the acceptance part, is to look at your life as it is and be thankful for all the good that is in your life right now. Stand in front of a mirror (I know it sounds crazy) and tell yourself and the divine source what you are grateful for. It could be his health, friends, family and a roof over his head, whatever is moving him right now. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel light and hopeful.

Now you are ready to take action.

1. Make a list of the things you are good at

2. Make a list of the things you love to do without being asked.

3. Make your “What If” list. What if I could be and do whatever I wanted?

Now you are ready to take ACTION. The following story is from CNN Money and is about a woman who wouldn’t take NO for an answer. What will you refuse to assume NO? I hope she inspires you to take action to achieve success for you and your family.

Banks would not finance it Entrepreneur: susana cabrera

Business: delicious snack

A lawyer in her native Venezuela, Susana Cabrera was raised by an entrepreneurial father. But she never saw herself as such until she came to the United States and tried to replicate her ethnic cuisine for her family.

Extremely health conscious, Cabrera was horrified by the sodium and preservatives found in major Latino food brands. She believed that she could do better and set out to learn everything from recipe adaptation to marketing.

When the banks couldn’t finance his dream, he invested all of his own family’s money to found Delicious Bite, a company that makes Latino snacks and meals. His products are now in more than 700 stores nationwide, and the company is on track to hit $1 million in revenue this year. Cabrera attributes his success to a deep spirituality. “Storms can be strong, but there’s always an umbrella” and tenacity, she said, “no matter how many rocks you find along the way… just jump over them and keep your goal in sight.”

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