Feb 02

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The miracle of persistence

Something I still need to work on is the etiquette of following up on calls and emails that haven’t been returned.  I have a bad habit of believing that if I’ve contacted someone and they haven’t responded, it’s because they’re not interested and don’t want to.  But that’s silly – how often does something on my desk go to the bottom of the pile when the next emergency shows up?  More often that I’d care to admit.  It’s not that I don’t want to respond to that email or return that phone call, it’s just that 20 other things show up in the meantime and I lose track.  Why do I assume that anyone else’s desk is different?

Last fall, I met a gentleman who may be able to help me make some valuable contacts.  He gave me a specific time period in which to contact him and I did.  And I didn’t hear anything back from him.

Instead of following up with him, I let this possibility fall away because I didn’t want to be too pushy.  I figured that if he wanted to contact me he would, so since he hadn’t he was no longer interested in helping.  Sheesh.  Not very smart, huh?

Well, long story short – I finally sent a follow up email last evening.  And what do you know?  Within 4 hours he had emailed me back and set up an appointment to talk.

Sometimes I insist on making things hard.  Thankfully last night I took an action and it turned out to be easy.  It’s a miracle and a lesson that I hope to remember.  And if I don’t remember, please kick me in the butt and remind me, okay?!

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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