“Our stories ready us for the future or bind us to the past. It is for us to choose which.”
~ Timothy JohnPress
“In spite of where we were, how we had gotten here and why we had come, I felt that at this moment of our lives, this place was exactly where we belonged. We were not drifting but rising, rising toward something right and of significance.”
~ Dean Koontz
In 1838 Ralph Waldo Emerson asked if you should “renounce your right to traverse the star-let deserts of truth for the premature comfort of an acre, house, and barn.” It seems even a humble 19th century poet was intrigued by the edges of potential, wondering what story a life could tell.
It appears you too may be captivated by the potential of what is possible. You’re in great company.
What has brought you to this time and place?
A desire to change what is? A passion to create what is not?
Perhaps you have “had enough” or you hunger for more.
Our stories can ready us for the future or shackle us to the past. It is up to us to choose which.
How has your story shaped you today?
What story do you endeavor to write tomorrow?
Author, Karen Salmansohn says you are “a living character in a story that is being written, and you are the author of that story.”
What is the story you can no longer wait to author?
If you are a successful, progressive professional who values lifestyle, learning and creating extraordinary results in your career, business and life, a compelling conversation is at hand. If being fully on purpose, in flow, flush with fulfillment is on your horizon, we know the way.
It begins with the answer to one simple, but not necessarily easy question.
Higher aspirations whisper to you amidst the noise every day. They are luminary glances into the crystal ball, easy to dismiss in a world that deifies logic and reason. They are the threads of possibility silently daring you to weave them into the fabric of your future.
“What do you want?”
It is the simplest of questions, and in 25 years of working with leaders, we’ve discovered it is the most difficult (and powerful) question a leader must answer.
What deeper sense do you have of what you must now usher into your life and business?
How could your passion, gifts and talents make the greatest contribution?
Who would you become, what might you do, if you didn’t have to?
Napolean Hill, author of one of the best selling books of all time – Think and Grow Rich likened aspirations to children, “Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
Clear aspirations hold the potential to transform possibility into reality. Are you ready?
” I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Fear, doubt, and worry shake nervously in the presence of readiness. Vacillation, prevarication and procrastination retreat in terror. Unsheathed, readiness is the unifying sword that binds unseen forces into a coalition of boundless creation.
Renowned photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams said “When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”
Readiness is built on the pillars of responsibility, accountability, and unconditional ownership. It is fortified with purpose, vision and meaning that unleashes extraordinary results.
Are you willing to relinquish things happening to you and embrace things happen for you?
Do you have a compelling reason to change and do something new?
Do you have a dream or vision that invokes enough excitement, optimism and faith for you to venture into the unknown?
Yes means you’re ready.
No is an invitation to learn how.
Here’s how we ask clients to prepare.
- Accepting complete “ownership” and “authorship” for your current reality.
- Embracing “beginners mind.”
- Being thoroughly honesty with yourself.
- Believing you have untapped potential.
- Willingness to be vulnerable and accept feedback, regardless if it negative, positive or mixed.
- Investing the time, energy and money towards earning the learning.
- Practicing patience.
- Acknowledging the value of having a trusted advisor partner.
When you are ready, you hold in your hand an invitation to opportunities and unimaginable possibilities that come to life with commitment.
Real freedom is one’s ability to choose and realize one’s highest aspirations and visions. This freedom however, is not free. It is liberally taxed with tireless commitment.
Commitment frees us from fear and binds us to our dreams. It aligns you with the prevailing will of Providence that favors your highest aspirations regardless of who, what or where you are. Commitment bridges the shores of reality and possibility.
Roy Williams The Wizard of Ads, says “Humans are peculiar creatures. We are capable of much, yet do little. Doubt, insecurity, fear and ambition blind our wide-open eyes to the colors of meaningful life. We hibernate, deep in the bellies of our comfort zones…”
Commitment is the antidote to these “peculiar” human ailments brought to life by:
Speaking of that which is not there as if it already were
Actions that reflect intentions
Having zero tolerance for excuses.
Never retreating regardless of what is in front of you.
If you are tired of waiting, exhausted by the plague of idleness and ennui, the proven path to energy, action and emancipation is commitment.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
~ W. H. Murray