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Friday, June 24, 2011

Everything in its time

Patience has never been a virtue of mine. When I want something, I wanted it yesterday! Delays bug me, especially if due to quality issues. After all, I've always been committed to delivering quality work to my clients on time and on budget. It generates referrals and repeat business, of course, but the true motivation for me has always been taking pride in my work and wanting happy clients. Apparently, not everyone cares as much about doing quality work and delivering good customer service. This past week has been filled with reminders of this reality.

My book apparently went live on June 13, but I wasn’t officially notified until this week. More importantly, it was released before I approved the physical copy. The print quality simply isn’t acceptable. Also, I’ve been hanging onto the edge of my seat for weeks to get going with my website design. However, I haven’t been able to talk to the design team, despite multiple inquiries/requests. There’s more, but you get the idea.

Frustrating? You bet! However, the highest part of me realizes that these objectively undesirable experiences are actually opportunities to practice surrendering to the mystery of timing and recognizing the embedded gifts. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Everything in its time.” It's sage advice.

The way I was intuitively guided to write my book in a fast and furious manner earlier this year meant that I didn’t spend months and months prior to getting the book published to build up my “platform”--that’s the publishing industry’s term for the people to whom an author promotes his/her book. While waiting for the book production issues to be resolved, it gives me more time toward building my platform. With respect to my website, I’m learning more and more every day about how it can be a great opportunity to engage my audience. I don’t want my website to be just an online business card. With the website production taking longer than the impatient part of me would like, I'm using this time to refine my website objectives and incorporate new learning.

In short, it's all good.

I was born a planner, and will always be a planner. It's also very much in my blood to set goals and take action to achieve them. What's more, it's in my genes to want to deliver and receive quality always. Of course, it’s delightful when I get to work with people who operate with similar orientation and standards. When that isn’t the case, I have the choice to not dwell on what's lacking but instead look for the gifts in an objectively frustrating situation. There is always a silver lining in everything, if we open our consciousness to see it.

Everything in its time. This is true about my book and my website—and everything that’s currently in my “dream escrow,” waiting for the right time to close. What’s in your dream escrow and what gifts does the waiting time come bearing for you?

8 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful post, Alice! It's filled with great life lessons that I am continually working on as well. It's inspiring to me that you are able to look within and seek wisdom during a potentially frustrating time. And while I'm sorry that your book wasn't the quality you were hoping for, I know that everything happens for a reason in the right time - maybe it was to give you time to grow your following - maybe it was something that we can't see at all yet, but either way it's all unfolding exactly as it should. And bravo to you for being open to that. So glad to be on this journey with you! :)

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  2. Thanks, Jodi! Glad to be on this journey with you, too!

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  3. Dearest Alice,

    My heart is overflowing with admiration for you as you share this journey with us. Your dedication for standing in your Truth is an inspiration.

    With love,
    Jane

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  4. Thank you very much, Jane! You are a great role model for following your Truth.

    Love,
    Alice

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  5. So excited for you to come and talk with us about these ideas and more at Wells Fargo. We know that these are the things that matter. Robin Beers, VP Customer Insights

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  6. Thank you, Robin! I look forward to the talk as well! Best, Alice

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  7. AND - you should leverage your friends and colleagues at WF for usability testing :-) Robin

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  8. Of course, and thank you! Nice to know experts! :-)

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