Many successful people have started their careers with the sentence "Never Again..." They drew the line in the sand and made a decision that from that point on, things would be different, they would strive for something better than their current situation or circumstance.
One of the most straight to my heart stories, is that of Lisa Nichols. At 27, Lisa Nichols was a single mother on government assistance with less than $12 in her bank account. When she could no longer afford to buy her son diapers, it became the turning point in her life. She made a promise to never be that broke and broken again.
I get it! I've told my own never again story. The story of my then 5 year old child telling me, "its okay Momma, Uncle can be our other Daddy, and you can just work. You don't have to me our Mom anymore." Later that night, sitting on the cold tile floor of my bathroom, I brushed my self-pitying tears, stood myself up, looked myself in the mirror and decided.
"Never again! Never again will my child be made to think that work was more important than being a mom to him."
I drew a line in the sand that day. I didn't know how it was going to work out. I didn't know how I was going to make it work. I didn't know what I was going to do. All I knew was that I was never again going to be in this place. My children would never be in this place.
As you know, I opened myself to possibilities and since then, I have never looked back. I have never had to make work more important than my children.
There are many days, when I am feeling a bit down about a recent setback or a perceived failure, that I start to doubt my choices. When that happens, all I have to do is look at my children, growing up with Mom at home, meeting their needs, sitting with my son at the hospital for 5 hours every three weeks for infusion, or sitting in the audience when my other son is receiving recognition of a job well done, or sitting and having a 4 hour conversation about navigating teenage life with my daughter. I stop and remember that moment when I said, "never again" and I am filled with a renewed passion to take the action steps needed to continue to be successful and content in my life. I am renewed in my desire to move forward and create a life that is even better than it was yesterday. I am determined to do what needs done. All because I refuse to return to that cold tile floor with the self-pity tears.
"Never Again" are powerful words, because what follows after them, is an underlying motivation to move forward. What is your "Never Again" statement?