I was supposed to leave Wednesday for Santa Barbara to attend a Mastermind with Connie Ragen Green. Monday night, I happened to check my email and saw that my flight had been cancelled. Not only had my flight been cancelled for Wednesday but it was rescheduled for Thursday. On Tuesday morning, I called the airline to see if I could find another flight. They were able to find another flight at 12:30PM yesterday at another airport which meant I had to leave a day early.
Yesterday morning was hectic. I finished packing, went to the grocery store and headed out to the airport. At first, the weather was fine. But after about 15 minutes or so, the snow started. By the time I got to the airport, it was really coming down. After we boarded the plane, it took quite a while before we took off. The plane had to be de-iced. That made me a little worried. Finally we took off and I made it San Francisco. We arrived late and I had discovered that my flight was taking off from another terminal. There was a little shuttle bus that took us to the other terminal. The little bus was actually driving where the planes were at 10 MPH. Finally we arrived at the other terminal. I then proceeded to call the hotel because I was now going to arrive 1 day early. When I called, Connie had already changed my reservation. We get on this little propeller plane for the 1 hour flight. I am not very fond of these little planes but I got on and tried not to think about it.
I finally arrived in Santa Barbara and went to baggage claim to get my bad. The funny thing was I had never seen a baggage claim like this. As you can see, there are these metal doors that were closed. When the luggage arrived, a man opened the doors and slid the luggage out. I really wanted to get a live picture but my phone died. My luggage never appeared so now I had to go to the ticket counter. There was one lady working at the ticket counter and it was her first day so she didn’t know how to track my bag. Finally the mystery was solved. My bag was still in San Francisco and would arrive on a later flight in about 1 hour. I had the option of having it delivered to my hotel in the morning or waiting for it. At this point, I was afraid that I would never see my suitcase again so I decided to wait. I proceeded to find something to eat and discovered that the one coffee shop was closed. I was going to resort to a vending machine, but there was no vending machine either. Finally my bag arrived, and I caught a taxi to the hotel.
When I arrived at the hotel, I was greeted by Debbie O’Grady, her husband John and Connie Ragen Green. My 12+ hour journey was over and I was able to finally get some food. I had quite an adventure yesterday, but it was worth it. This was a great lesson in perseverance. Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes if you want something bad enough. Just like I figured out how to get to Santa Barbara yesterday with the odds against me, you can use that same tenacity in your business. Don’t let adversity and doubt stand in the way of your success. You need to persevere and decide that you will fight for things that are important to you.