(Written by Cheslow Achievement Group’s COO, Angie Flynn)

Sunday morning I woke up like I was shot out of a cannon…

I was breathless… Like I’d just awoke from a nightmare…

Only I couldn’t remember anything that I was dreaming…

All I knew was that something was wrong – VERY wrong…

What was it?

Then all it hit me – like smacking into a brick wall.

I hadn’t imagineered on Saturday.

After 630 consecutive days – I’d blown it.

I’d meant to, of course.  I remember thinking about doing it as soon as I finished my run, but as I walked into the house I got distracted by something and then the momentum of the day caught me.  I was also not feeling great all day and went to bed early.  All just excuses and circumstances…

For the briefest microsecond I considered not saying anything – just continuing on as if nothing had happened…

But I knew I couldn’t do that.

When I got up, Deb asked me if I felt all right – gee, what was your clue – I must have been white as a ghost!

I told her what happened and she was stunned.

I told her that I didn’t know what to do – how could I deal with being 633 days behind her – Hell, I would be 570 days behind my ELEVEN year old…

I didn’t want to start over – couldn’t I call a mulligan – get a second chance – imagineer twice to make up for the missed day? Of course, I already knew the answer…

What would she say to a client?

The key to the whole thing would lie in my response to the situation.

I could either react and be mad at myself and feel really awful about what happened and defeat the whole purpose of imagineering  by treating it as only a competition…

Or, I could respond by realizing that everything happens for a reason, picking myself up, dusting myself off, getting over myself, and continuing on knowing that I have built a HUGE ball of positive energy over the past year and a half and keep right on building it even bigger – one missed day doesn’t negate all the awesome stuff I have created.

So, that’s what I decided to do.

Yesterday was Day 1 – AGAIN!

The first day of the rest of my life.

Let’s see what I can do with it!

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