A few weeks back I had only 5 weeks from idea to execution to organise and event for World Mental Health Day while simultaneously raising funds for charity.
-Fill a room with 100 people
-Raise a few thousand pounds for charity
-Write a small book to give out on the night
-Attain some really attractive raffle prizes
-Find 4 inspirational speakers to speak
Over and above this it would be the first time I had ever organised, hosted and spoke at an event multiple times on the same night.
Needless to say, this was a tall order.
Anyone whose ever ran an event knows that 5 weeks is an extremely short period of time to make it work.
And while also having to run my business and tend to the normal requirements of life, this challenge seemed gargantuan.
However, I managed it.
It was painfully tough but I did.
I ran a hugely successful night for OVER one hundred people, raised the proceeds I desired for charity and I done it all with a fever.
Let me tell you a story.
The Crow and the Pitcher: don’t give up when things look bad.
A crow is flying around on an abnormally hot day desperate for water.
He comes across this pitcher of water, but when he tries to stick his beak in he can’t reach the water.
He tries and tries, slowly getting more dehydrated.
He’s about to give up and accept his fate when he has an idea:
He drops some small pebbles in the pitcher until the water level rises to the point where he can quench his thirst.
Lesson: where there’s a will there’s a way.
Persistence is the key to solving any problem you have because eventually-even if the situation seems dire-you WILL find a solution.
Your idea may just been in need of some rethinking.
Whatever it is you want to do, just keep plugging away.
As Wayne Gretzsky once said: you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
This is the philosophy I had to adapt in relation to my challenge.
Only a few days out we had barely sold 10 tickets.
Rather than give up, I became the crow.
Failure was not an option.
I made the decision to compose myself and alter my approach.
My parting words for today are:
Next time you’re facing a challenge…
Carry on regardless. Persistency is key.
Rethink the situation. You may have to do this 100x
Optimism is your ally. Give no time to negative self destructive thoughts.
Winning is the only option. Develop the thirst.