When is the last time you were blown away by how good you felt about something? Maybe you felt joy, happiness, excitement—or even better, you felt fulfilled because you knew you had done your best. It may not be something you experience every day because of the tendency to focus on what’s wrong, what you need to fix and how the hell you will find a solution to what’s driving you crazy today.
But in those moments of pure bliss, you feel amazing. You soak up every raw emotion that is there for you to experience. You are, in the moment, in only that moment. Can you remember when you last experienced it? Pretty incredible huh?
I’m incredibly blessed to work with people who are on the trek to self-discovery, who create breakthrough moments and set goals they really want to achieve. On occasion, the goals are so big they have no idea how they will reach them. But we put a plan in place, we start at the beginning and create the building blocks to success. As a cheerleader/coach, I often inhabit multiple roles because some days the cheerleading includes steering them away from self-sabotage and showing them how to focused and move forward. It’s an amazing process to watch unfold.
On Sunday I got a text message, my favorite kind. It was a client who set some big goals this year. At our Mastermind Retreat in June she set a breakthrough goal (something so big, you really have to grow to achieve it) to own a home by a specific date in December 2016. Let me set the back story first. Earlier in the year, this client left her employer to start her own business. Within three months she was exceeding the revenue goals we had set for her business, powered by the work we were doing together. She took action, she did her homework and most of all she BELIEVED that she could reach her goal, even though at that time she had no clue how it would happen.
In her text message she told me she just put an offer in on her new home, and that it will be closed by the date and time we set in her goal! I was delighted, excited, and so proud to hear this news. She was in that euphoric moment of seeing a dream turning into reality. In the process, she learned a lot about herself, what she’s capable of, what she wants and where she wants to go. This is the journey, it’s all about growth, passion and having the belief in yourself to go and get it regardless of whether it’s a house or relationship—material possession or not.
There was another strong showing of belief this past week. I grew up in Chicago so I was thrilled to watch the Cubs in the World Series. Both of my next door neighbors are from Chicago. When Joe and I talked, we said, “Yeah they are down 3-1, they need a good game tonight. But they have done it before.” We held the vision for them. When I talked to Sean, it was completely different. “They are down 3-1, it doesn’t look good. I think it’s over.” Guess which neighbor I related to more? Joe—of course!
Every day that they won a game Joe and I held the faith that they could pull it out. And more importantly so did the Cubs. This is why I love sports, watching the human mind in action and seeing a vivid display of what the athlete believes. (Watching Bill Murray was a blast too.) The Cubs never gave up and they pulled out the win of the World Series.
This week, when you start to doubt something, just remember, the past doesn’t equal the future. You can paint your future whatever color you want. Mine is bright, filled with yellow for fun, purple for passion, red for love, blue for blessings and orange for joy. What will you choose?