Most all of you know last week I got a Trojan virus which crashed my computer. I was working along when an image popped up that said something about “dangerous software detected” and that the computer needed to “perform a scan” to clear it. Well, I knew that moment it was the VIRUS that was saying that, but the only thing I could do was click “OK” and my computer shut down. I tried to reboot and got nothing – just a black screen.
My life flashed before my eyes.
Five years of documents. Five years of notes. Five years of videos. Five years of pictures.
Yes, I had many files already online in our Training Libraries and Videos on YouTube and Pictures on Facebook…. but hundreds and hundreds have NOT been uploaded, and I began to cry as I stared at that black screen, just knowing I had just lost it all.
Truly by the grace of God, Mike was able to find my files, “hidden” by the Trojan virus, and I spent the next five days doing one large file transfer after another to move everything from my laptop to my desktop. It literally took five days of back and forth with numerous USB thumb drives. I was able to send large files via email or ftp, but even that took several hours. It was a nightmare, but I was so thankful that I still had files to move, that I did it all with a smile.
It’s funny when something happens like a computer virus that literally “scares” you into action. Like I have always known I SHOULD back up my files… I have said “oh I will do that tomorrow” or “gosh I should buy one of those external hard drives… I will do it then.” You can bet I have all of the preparations in place now that my computer will be backed up weekly no questions asked.
The silver lining to all of this was it gave me a chance to look back over everything I have done the last five years – from my first Training Seminar to some of my first Conference Calls, as well as pictures of family vacations and milestones we have celebrated and cherished. I was able to look over “90 Day Action Plans” of Divas who I began working with in the beginning, and my heart filled with pride when I think of the Million Dollar Directors that I helped from the time they were booking their first Kick Off Show.
So Divas there are a few lessons I learned this week that I wanted to share with you – one to back up your files NOW and do not put it off another day. I can not tell you how lucky I am that we were able to retrieve those files. Sadly not everyone is so fortunate.
Secondly I want you to think about what “scares” you into action. Some of the Million Dollar Directors I know are there because they were “fearful” – fearful of their house going to foreclosure, or their children not getting their needs. Fearful when a spouse has left and she had to make it on her own. Fearful that she would have to move to a new city and leave her family to find a job to make ends meet. Fearful she would not be able to pay the medical bills that were piling up from her special needs daughter, and that they would stop helping her. What are you “fearful” of, if your business does not succeed? Can you begin today by turning that fear into action like so many other Divas have done?
And finally, I want you to take some time today to look back on all that you have accomplished – in business and in life – in the last 2, 3, maybe 5 years. Look back and celebrate the milestones, the family gatherings, the time with friends and loved ones, the accomplishments you have had, events you have participated in… take a walk down “Memory Lane” and celebrate how far you have come.
I am happy to say that after moving all of my files, and completely dumping everything from my laptop and starting over with a new version of Windows 7 that I am “back up and running” the way I was a week ago today. I only permanently lost a few programs which I will have to repurchase and reinstall, but at least all of my memories and trainings are still in tact.
Getting that computer virus was incredibly scary, but it taught me some very valuable lessons. Ones I will not soon forget.