How you do anything is how you do everything – T. Harv Eker
Isn’t is so true? How you do anything, is how you do everything! I just got back from a month of traveling which ended at a personal growth seminar in New Jersey….let me back up a bit.
You know how you kind of get out of place when you are away from home for awhile? Maybe a little unsettled and feeling unorganized? Well, that was me last week. I returned from my CA/AZ trip only for a few days to turn around and head to New Jersey for the weekend for the MMI Seminar which I was totally excited for. However, I was craving a little stay at home time and felt rushed trying to prepare for the weekend and in the process of rushing, was a huge lesson.
Let me explain, you see, I realized I was running out of business cards which was a requirement to bring to the event. On top of that, I was slammed with my jewelry clients, trying to wrap up a few details before I headed out. So the night before, I am frantically trying to print homemade business cards which looked fantastic until they actually printed. Umm, 17 paper jams later and a whole bunch of wasted paper and cards, I gave up and went to bed around 1130pm. I figured, I’m a morning person, so I’ll get up at 5am, totally fresh, and try to figure it out then.
So I wake up, feeling pretty good, maybe a little tired and start the process over while multi-tasking with packing, shower, work emails – all before I have to find a cab at 7 am. Sounds insane, right? Well, T-Minus 15 minutes to go, I break my printer. In a moment of frustration, I grab the marginally usable batch of off-centered printed cards and shove them in my bag and finish packing. I walk out the door with 30 seconds to spare, suitcase, handbag and 2 bags of trash all in hand. Amazingly, probably in an adrenaline induced state, I carry them all down the staircase of my narrow tenement building in one load, get in the cab and head to meet my friends who I am sharing the ride with to New Jersey.
As I am sitting in the cab, I notice my arm aching and feelings of annoyance at the cab driver and the way he was driving. I arrive at my friend Holly’s place and finally start to breath until she shows me her prep folder of pre-assignments and items that we were supposed to bring…Holy Cr*p, I left the folder at home! There was no time to go back, our friend Nancy had arrived in the car that was taking us to NJ, and I was basically SOL.
Nancy, whom I first met in one of my yoga classes, tries to calm me down a bit and we come up with some possible solutions. I am still clearly freaking out – nothing is going right! I am little embarrassed that I am semi off-kilter in front of one of my students and my new friend, Holly. Nancy looks at me and then she says – “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Hearing that in that moment was like having an epiphany, I approached this whole situation from a frantic state and what I was putting out was exactly what I was getting back. My mind was all over the place and I wasn’t being present because I was trying to do too many things at once.
What we put out in life is what we get back and how we float through this life is clearly a representation of our internal state. Finding the ability to stay present in the midst of chaos is truly challenging, had I just slowed down and taken a breath, I might have realized that I didn’t really need my ticket because I am “on the list,” and that the nice, lovely blond woman that I met in the ladies room would exchange my $20 bills for a $100 bill and that the prep work was in my consciousness anyway so by slowing down, breathing and being in the moment, I was able to receive full benefit.
I am so grateful for this past weekend, it was truly life transformational and has given me a new lease on my desire to be more prepared, stay more organized and create a life of action rather than reaction. All I needed was to come back to the moment, to breath and all was good.