Warning: This entry contains acknowledgement and delight and celebration that could be interpreted as … dare I say… bragging. This is my process, may it serve you in yours.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am writing you at the end of 3 hours of planning. I am writing you at the end of three hours of planning which I took on because I was feeling a little lost, a little tired, a little confused and unsure of myself. Yes, I was dancing in the old, “Can I really do this?” story. Sigh.
I am writing you because I created and I planned and all along there was this underlying conversation, “something is wrong here”, “something isn’t ok” fear, concern, danger DANGER DANGER, better get this done and fast, time is slipping away, look out! GROSS! Now really, imagine planning your future with that mess in the background?! Well, I imagine some of you can imagine…. actually I am sure most of you can imagine. Anyway, as I was going through creating the new plan, feeling mediocre about my progress and my accomplishment, I figured I had better look at the old plan (the one I had created in May) and see what I had said I was going to do.
As I looked at the old plan I saw things like this: "identify who I am and what I offer and be able to express it in a way that communicates, inspires and calls forth." In response to this I share an email I got just today from another coach who read my site “I have to say that your site has been the most interesting, easy to use, knowledgeable and inspiring site I have yet read.” Hmmmm.
So I would have to say not only did I figure out exactly what I was here to serve but it seems to be inspiring and calling forth as well. CHECK "Understand where a blog fits in and start on if appropriate." I was able to find a blog resource and started bloggin back in June. I find it intriguing that I had this as a “BONUS” on a six month plan and I had it done within the first month. CHECK "Gain clarity on how to write articles that speak to my audience/provide value. To have written 3 articles. " This cracks me up! I totally get in reading this that when I wrote it I did not yet see myself as a writer ( yes folks that was 4 months ago) and I was looking for someone else to validate that I could do it. Well, if I look back over the pages in this blog I have written slightly more than 3 articles not to mention the 6 or 7 I have written for future Livloud Newsletters. CHECK! "Newsletter launched so first one goes out before end of 6 months." This one particularly interests me because In my mind I have been berating myself that the first newsletter did not go out July 1st, all along I had it set up as a goal to have it send out by October 20th! And as it turns out I am all set up to send out the first livloud newsletter next week! CHECK! I will just add to this that in the past few months I have received communication from people in Dubai, Denmark, Australia and England and was invited to speak on a radio show in Atlanta, oh and I created the Make Your Life program and started playing with 5 new clients, and spoke at an event in Phoenix, and I got married…. twice (to the same man – it’s a great story) and completely renovated my home and built a website and incorporated my business and …. and … and… CHECK.. CHECK… CHECK! Honestly folks. Reading this almost has me in tears.
It is so clear to me how hard I am on myself and you know what, if I am doing it, I know that so many of you are doing it. Setting unrealistic expectations based on nothing, driving to completion, never stopping to notice our accomplishments. My friends, why would you do that?
Why would you put all of this hard work and energy into creating something and never take the time to notice it was created? Never take the time to notice that you hit a milestone or to celebrate or even just to look yourself in the mirror and say, "good job!"
How can we hope to persevere, to create, to build, to empower and inspire and make a difference in the world if we do not take the time to appreciate and acknowledge ourselves? Whew.
Ok, so here is what I am going to do. I am going to take 15 minutes right now to list all of my accomplishments since I started this new phase of the adventure. I am going to acknowledge and celebrate them, and I mean CELEBRATE them! I am talking a big YAHOO, throw on some music, call my husband and GUSH, dance in the hallways kind of celebration. And then and only then, can I get back to building the future. Not from a position of disappointment or fear but from a place of acknowledgement and celebration and joy and accomplishment. I invite you to do the same.
Take a moment right now to write down everything you have accomplished in the last month, 2 months, year, whatever inspires you, whatever you want to acknowledge, take the time and notice what you have done! If you are looking for a place to record your brilliant accomplishments, I invite you to do it right here In this blog. Tell us what you have done and let us celebrate you! Really, do it now! Just look at what you have done!
I love you,