Last Thursday, I hosted my third free seminar in the past 5 weeks. I can’t say it went off without a hitch, but it did turn out quite well.
We had 17 people in attendance, which is 3 times the number of people at my last seminar. That’s a pretty good growth rate! My mid-term goal is to have 150 in the audience, but 17 is a good start.
T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, and also a massively successful trainer and speaker, says he had 8 people in his living room for his first seminar. Now, it’s common for Harv to have well over 1,000 people at his events. Everyone starts small!
Was Harv disappointed with having only 8 people at his first event? Probably not. He knows the value of small victories better than most. And I’m sure he took a little time to appreciate his small victory after the last person left.
Was Harv hoping to have more than 8 people at his first event? Almost certainly! If he’s anything like me, he wanted to share his revelations and success secrets with as many people as possible!
After my event last Thursday, I was worn out. I went home, kicked back for a while, took Daisy for a walk with Amelia and Sydney, and then relaxed the rest of the evening. The next day, I took time to appreciate my small victory.
Seventeen people is only 10% of my mid-term goal, but that’s a lot better than 1% of my goal! Plus, I received several emails from attendees telling me how much they appreciated my talk.
A few people even took action immediately after leaving the event and they wrote to tell me about it! I’m making a difference! I’m helping people! That’s no small victory…that’s a huge victory!
It’s very easy to get down on ourselves when we set high goals, but don’t see the amount of progress towards those goals that we hope to see. Disappointment is a normal emotion, but you have to accept that success rarely happens overnight. You have to keep persevering and you have to appreciate your small victories.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to continue offering free 1-hour seminars around the Denver metro area. Hopefully, my audience will continue to grow, but even more importantly, I hope those who do attend leave more energized and ready to take action!
To quote T. Harv Eker, “Every master was once a disaster.” You may not be where you want to be right now…you may still be a disaster. But appreciate your small victories along the way to becoming a master, and use them to propel you to your big victory.