Product Launch Disasters, Delayed Planes & Flat Tires

What do you think these three things have in common?  Well besides the obvious, that we wouldn’t want any of these to happen to us, or wish them upon anyone else…

The commonality in these three things, is each of them has happened to me… Thankfully only two of them have happened in one week, the other one occurred many moons ago.  So the two I had happen to me this week are the flat tire and the delayed plane.

The ironic part about the delayed plane is not once in my 7 trips I’ve taken this year was I ever delayed or have any issues flying.  So the one time I’m not traveling for more than 30 days, but my son is, he gets this incredible delay.  He’s only 12 and flying alone. He was supposed to leave on Sunday afternoon at 4:50pm for a short flight to Portland, Maine. He’s visiting his aunt, uncle and cousins.  There was bad weather and the plane was delayed 5 times.  When it was 8:30pm and we were in the President’s Club, trying to access our situation, the plane was delayed again until 11:50 pm. That’s when I made an executive decision that he wasn’t going to be leaving tonight. It was scary enough this was his first flight alone, and then he’s leaving at such a late time.  So the agents at Continental were awesome and were able to book him on the next flight in the a.m. for no charge. (Albeit, that plane the next day was delayed 2 hours, but eventually it did take off- yeah!)

Then as my son and I were driving back from the airport (mind you he had been there since 3:30pm and it was now 9pm) I hear this funny noise and the car starts pulling to the left. Thank goodness there was traffic and I wasn’t going that fast. So I pulled over on the side of the highway. I very carefully got out of the car to check out the tire and as the cars were literally whizzing by my head going at least 80 mph,  sure enough, the tire was flat. It was bad too.  (Check out the photo- see that ragged edge all around the tire- not good.  I couldn’t take the photo while it was on the car- way too dangerous, it was on the drivers side front tire).   So I safely got back in the car and called AAA.  This had happened to me before at night like this, so I was pretty calm and I knew how important it was to stay calm.  So we hunkered down with the hazard lights and headlights on.  After a few minutes we were visited by a state trooper who wanted to make sure we were ok.  He said to keep all our lights on and to keep our seat belt fastened. That didn’t make me too comfortable, but I totally got it and said a little prayer that we wouldn’t end up as a statistic or casualty of the Route 78 west in NJ… And my son was so cool about the whole thing.  He laughed at one point and said “well we needed an excuse to spend some “quality” time together.”  He can be funny under pressure…  

It only took 2 more calls and our AA angel arrived and made us stay in the car while he jacked it up and changed our tire. Now that was kind of weird, but safety first.  So it only took 75 minutes, then we were back on the road with the spare on making our way home.

It’s these types of experiences that keep me grounded and centered. To me my life now and going forward is simply about being in THE moment, not thinking about the past or the future, just about being in the present, the here the now…

So this brings me to briefly touch upon my experience of being a part of a product launch disaster.  If you haven’t seen Jeff Walker’s video on this, you have to check it out.  I learned everything I know about making money online from Jeff Walker’s Product Launch Formula and from being in his Platinum Product Launch Manager Coaching Group. (That photo is when I first met Jeff over 3 years ago at his first ever workshop for Product Launch Formula 1.0)  So over 3 years ago when I first started doing launches I had my own failures.  The real secret to doing a kick butt product launch is having an incredible tech person on your team. This is what hurt me on one of my earlier launches.  I have many more tips for you about launches. I’m dedicating my June newsletter to launches and product creation.  So… if you’re not on my printed newsletter list, sign up here so you can get all my behind the scenes secrets about launches.

Here’s to staying in the moment, being grateful and not letting the little stuff like flat tires and delayed planes ruin my day… I truly have so much to be grateful for.  Your thoughts?

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What do you do when you have a roadblock in your life or in your business?

This past week I was driving to Boston for my Mastermind meeting. I was running a little behind schedule. I really don’t like taking the George Washington Bridge and going through New York because of traffic. However, my traffic radio station said it was the quickest route.

GW BridgeAs I was just passing the toll booth going onto the upper level of the bridge, I saw this rather large pothole and swerved to avoid it. Unfortunately my tired nipped it and then – “boom.” My tire blew out, just as I was getting on the bridge-yikes. I tried not to panic. In fact I was on my wireless headset speaking with a colleague when it happened. I quickly got off the phone, took control of the car, took lots of deep breathes, and severely slowed down and contemplated my options. What would you have done if you were in this situation?

holosyncBefore I started doing some personal work on myself like usingeckhart-tolle.gif Holosync (Centerpointe Institute) to meditate and reading Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, I’m sure I would have panicked and been pretty freaked out about the whole experience. (Did I mention how I really loathe the GW Bridge and driving through New York?)

Thank goodness I knew I had to keep driving and that I couldn’t stop on the bridge. If I did, I’m sure I would not be here writing to tell my tale. What was more important, my BMW 330xi or my life? Well, certainly I chose my life.

flat tireI finally saw this emergency place and quickly pulled my car over. I cautiously got out to inspect the tire- yikes, as the trucks and cars whizzed by. I called AAA and they were stupendous. They had someone out to get me within 20 minutes. I was a bit anxious because where I was pulled over was not the safest place. The AAA rep told me that I was safer in my car than outside of it and she was right. Instead of thinking about all the atrocities that might come, I practiced my new skills of being in the moment, not worrying or panicking about the next one. I called my loved ones and dear colleagues to explain my mishap and tell them I was ok. The nicest thing was the AAA rep called me back and stayed on the phone with me until the truck got there. I

Tow truckWhen the tow truck came he said he couldn’t change my tire here. He said the last person who changed a tire here lost his legs. I was so incredibly thankful that he told me this story after me and my care were safely in his big tow truck. He was kind and very helpful. He dropped me at a tire center close to the highway. As I was shaking his hand and saying thank you I asked his name. He said his name was “Angel.” I said that was wonderfully ironic because he certainly was my angel that day.

Then at the tire center, the person who fixed my tire was named Gabriel. I knew for certain right then, that this whole experience had happened for a reason. That’s when Gabriel told me not only was my tired flat, but my rim was cracked. And the bad news was that I wasn’t going to make it to my Mastermind meeting in Boston which I was really sad about. Yet, I knew there was a reason for this mishap. My sign was that I needed to slow down and use this extra time to take care of myself and use it wisely, so I turned around and went home.

Has anything like this every happened to you in your business? Have you ever hit a roadblock that prevents you from where you want to go or simply takes you off course? How did you recover, or did you? Did you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and do something differently? This is what I would want for you. Don’t ever give up. Surround yourself with a success team and/or a support system and rely on them to help you get through the difficult times. We all can persevere, we just need to keep moving, find a different path, look at things differently and don’t ever give up.

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