I hope you have had a great week. I’ve been settling in again after the holidays. I wanted to share a quick story with you. Well, and a secret, too.
I’m wondering if you do this too:
I have some dream goals I write in the margins of my sensible plans, because I’m not sure how they will manifest...
Which really means - I’m not sure I should even ask for it -
Which really means - my fear dragons are hissing and telling me I don’t deserve it.
One of my dream goals is “global entrepreneur”. I wrote it, sort of off to the side, during a goal-casting session 3 years ago on a mountaintop in Montana, house sitting with 2 sweet yellow labs, fresh from ending a 26 year marriage, no permanent address for the first time in my life, trying to come up with a plan for what was next.
I had no idea at that time that I would now be living in Mexico City - with a bona fide apt lease, a 4 year residency card and a guapo Mexican.
I had no idea that I would be accepted into a fabulous program for women entrepreneurs and meet a woman from South Africa.
And of course I had no idea back then that I would see with her last month when I was in London, where she is based. She has projects and contacts all over the world. We talked about possible collaborations in Mexico. She’s agreed to mentor me with one of my projects in the US for 6 months.
After she left I just sat there, thinking, “Did that just happen? Did I just have a business meeting in London?”
How about you?
When was the last time you had one of those “Am I here, now?” moments, when your reality perfectly lines up with your purpose?
I returned to Mexico City, pretty much the opposite of London - colorful, chaotic, messy capital of the New World.
I was met at the airport by my sweet man, who, since the first time we had coffee a few years ago, still looks at me like he can’t believe I’m real and refuses to let me carry my bags.
He drove me home to a spotless apartment with soup on the stove. I ended a very long day and trip with extreme gratitude for a comfy bed and his warm presence, too.
None of this has transpired according to a rigid “plan”. I don't know why, but the key IS in the planning, even though the plan changes often. Eisenhower said, "In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
That is because we don’t have a crystal ball or control over the world, but we do have control over our actions.
Oprah is a fabulous inspiration - she is a master at striking a balance between long term vision and being fully present in what is happening right now.
So, now I do have a long term vision that informs my short term plans. I have been planning with intention since that day on the mountain top in Montana, and staying flexible when things go off track for a bit.
There are 2 ways to stick to your plan to reach your goals:
I’m offering free Mirror Your Brilliance sessions through January 19. I've had some questions about what that means.
What will we do in your session?
Everything starts with your “why”. That is why I’ve included my favorite chart of values. If its been awhile since you did a values check in, take a look and pick your top 3.