Have you ever been in a pickle and thought to yourself "self - this is it. This is the end of the (business, project, plan, etc). I don't know how to fix this, I don't know how to get beyond it. It's over". In the last 2 years, I have said these sentences to myself so. many. times.
One that stands out in my mind: 5 months, after maxing out a credit line, waiting for ticket sales for our first project to pick up, and waiting, and waiting...when I finally accepted that we were done with sales, and that we were not going to recoup even half our investment, it became apparent that there would be no money for payroll in about a month. I was quite literally pulling jewelry to sell when....bam - a client that I was convinced would not need work came knocking. She needed several big projects completed quickly. Ah snap - payroll covered.
Another time when I was struggling to find things to keep my staff busy and paid, one came to me and said he had a better opportunity that he was going to take. I was ready to go further into debt to keep him on payroll, but here he was offering me a life saver.
In the first year of business I cannot count the number of times this happened. Major issue threatens to take down the company when out of left field the universe sends me a rope. Story of my life these days.
But I wonder - why is that the case? Is this really the universe throwing me a life preserver, telling me I'm on the right path and helping me over a hurdle? Or am I totally overthinking this and just catching a lucky break?
I listen to a lot of podcasts these days. I've also been burying myself in loads of self-development books and business development books. I've included some of my favorites below...but I've noticed this question comes up often and each has different answer or explanation.
In You Are A Badass ( ) XXX belives that if you live within a higher frequency, constantly telling the universe you are open to opportunities and willing to take the chance - that the life saving device will fall into your lap each and every time. Lead with an open heart and mind and the rest will follow. The optimist in me loves this idea. Not only do I try to lead with an open heart, I also do my best to play nice with Karma. Over the past few years I have been involved in some sketchy situations. I naively partnered with a scammer and she constantly created situations that tested my moral compass and integrity. When the time came to get even with her, I passed. I moved on, I left well-enough alone. I didn't sink to her level. Folks around me often questioned this approach but I acted the way I was raised to act. I treated her - despite being a terrible person - the way I would have wanted to be treated. I put good karma back into the world.
So, each time something "saves" us, I tend to believe this is why. I am reaping the benefits of what I sowed long ago.
However, there's another way to look at this. One that is less inspiring.
I recently finished another book, Profit First, by Mike Michalowicz https://www.mikemichalowicz.com). This book is less personal development and more business success plan. In Profit First, this phenomenon is described as a sign that the business is sick. He explains that what we are actually doing is creating specific, life-sustaining goals in our mind that get filled as needed but ensure that we continue to need them.