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When it rains you shine

Even when it is raining and we can’t see it, we must remember the sun is always shining.

That’s right. Above the rain clouds, the sun is always shining.

Oftentimes, we tend to forget that in our own life. We feel the effects of the rain and not the effects of the sun or so we think.



If the sun ceased to shine, there would be no atmosphere in the way we know it and therefore no rain and ultimately no us.

However, when we feel like the sun is not shining in our own lives or in our work, we may have a tendency to experience a metaphorical downpour.




Just as the sun is always shining above the clouds, we have our own sun that always shines within ourselves.

To bring the sunshine forward so that we can see it as well as others, remember there is power in the RAIN.

R — Reevaluate. Review and reassess what you did or did not do that placed you in this current storm.

If you are in sales and you are experiencing more month at the end of your money, there was a cause to that effect.

Was it that you did not make enough prospecting calls when you should have? Did you not ask enough people to buy your product or service?

What could you have done differently to avoid the current soaking you may be experiencing? Get real! Take inventory and write it down.

A — Anticipate. Plan for the future by projecting yourself into the future. What might you need to shore up in preparation to succeed along the way?

Are there habits you need to develop? What are the data points you need to secure? What kind of relationships do you need to establish and cultivate to support you?

Study others that are achieving what you desire. Notice their way, their habits and skills. Start to incorporate what you can into your own practice.

I — Inspiration plan. `Give thought, based on your reevaluation and your anticipation, to what your strategy needs to be in order to get you out of the rain and back into feeling the warmth of the sun.

There will be several projects that need to be completed. Many actions will need to be executed along the way. Make sure those projects and actions line up with your authentic self and your values.

Create a plan that you are inspired by, rather than expired from, as you tackle them.

N — Next best action. Per your inspiration plan above, remember you can’t do it all at once. You may have a big plan with a lot to do.

That’s great and to avoid the overwhelm it may present you, become clear on what is the best action to do next; and the one after that and the one after that.

Be present and focused. Do what must be done in the best way possible for you. By remembering R.A.I.N.; you will shine.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

No. 1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified strategic business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life by becoming more focused and productive. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.


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