I’m writing this blog for you after driving 60 miles for a 5 minute meeting. I’m feeling both irritated and elated.
Irritated because I spent a chunk of the afternoon sitting in the car when I could have been lounging by the pool. Exhilarated because I made a bold decision.
So, here’s what happened. I was invited to a networking event by someone I had met at a previous networking event. A few minutes after I arrived, it became apparent this wasn’t a networking event, but was actually a sales presentation to enroll people in a multi-level marketing company.
Now by the time I figured this out I had already signed in, put on a name badge, found the woman who invited me and thanked her, been greeted by the organizer, and been introduced to the people at my table. Everyone was quite nice, but I have no desire to spend an afternoon hearing about how great this company is and why I should sign up with them.
So, when you’re already pretty entrenched in a situation and you know you’re ready to leave, what’s a girl to do?
Well, depending on your Purse Process™ Pursonality type, you might be faced with thoughts like:
“I wouldn’t want to look rude, so I’ll just sit here for a while and then escape when no one is looking”
“Everything happens for a reason, so the universe must want me to be here. I’ll just wait it out and see what happens”
“I can’t believe I got suckered into being here! I don’t want anyone to know I didn’t know what I was coming here for, so I’ll just sit through it and then I’ll never have to see these people again”
“I could say that I suddenly remembered I have another appointment or that I’m feeling sick, then I’d have a good reason to leave”
Which of these responses resonates most with what goes through your head when you’re thinking about how to extricate yourself from a situation? Secret escape? Surrender? Appearing to go with the flow? Making up a plausible excuse?
Can you guess which strategy I used?
Actually, none of them.
When I realized what I had gotten myself into, I took a deep breath, put my big girl panties on, and walked over to the woman who invited me.
I shook her hand as I thanked her for the invitation and let her know that I had misunderstood what I was being invited to and was going to leave. She tried to convince me to stay by telling me that I had a closed mind (a line that I bet works quite well on a lot of people) but I simply thanked her again and made my exit.
It felt great to know I’d be spending the rest of my afternoon lounging by the pool and writing this blog, rather than sitting through a sales presentation that had nothing to do with me or what I am creating in the world, just so I wouldn’t have to speak my truth.
If you’ve ever had trouble speaking your truth, check out this Live Stream event by my coach, Darla LeDoux. Full disclosure: She’s going to teach and then she’s going to share information with you about her upcoming event in Las Vegas.
This is going to be awesome event for entrepreneurs who are committed to living their truth, and I am going to be there. If this resonates with you, I hope I’ll see you there!
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