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Leap and the Net Will Appear


It’s a huge thing. Or is it?

From a young age, we naturally trust our caregivers, trust that we’ll get what we need, trust that if we speak up we’ll be heard, and trust that we can do anything.

Where does that trust get lost along the way? For some, it never does. Those are the people I look to for inspiration. They’re the ones who know in their gut that they can leap and the net will appear.

I recently read a novel, Belong to Me, by Marisa de los Santos. A memory described by one of her characters has awoken a desire in me to once again trust in the universe, trust in my talents and trust that I’m on the right track by taking a leap of faith:

“I found myself remembering Toby cliff diving on a family vacation to California, running full tilt, straight for the edge and over, flinging his body into nothingness with a whoop of exaltation. At the time, I’d thought it was pure, arrogant recklessness, the dumbest kind of dumb fun. But what if it was something more? What if cliff diving wasn’t as much about recklessness as trust, trust in the air to hold you and the water to cushion your fall? Belief in a benevolent universe. Kierkegaardian theology in action. Maybe, just maybe, it was Toby’s version of a leap of faith.”

What would happen if you opened yourself up to trust and took a leap of faith?

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Reinvention and Discovery

As I make stops at new landmarks during my current journey of rediscovery, I want to share them with you. Kind of like sending a postcard. Because each of our journeys follow different paths, and there’s no common map for getting from here to there, you may not come across the same hidden gems that I find. And you may want to visit the same places.

I first heard about Shevaun Voisin yesterday. I was making my way to the subway at the College stop, and passed by the newsagent. A magazine I had never seen before jumped out from the display – a wide, purple masthead caught my attention: MOTIVATED. I bought a copy. I like it because it’s not slick, and the content is very down-to-earth.

I asked Google about the publisher, Shevaun Voisin, and was led to a video of a speech she gave about reinvention (which is the theme of the Winter issue of MOTIVATED).

Here’s the blurb from TED.com and the YouTube video link. The video is a bit heart-wrenching and emotional, but inspirational nonetheless:

Shevaun Voisin is not the titles she holds, the awards she’s won, or even the sum total of her net worth statement. She is a woman on a mission, to inspire others to re-invent themselves, achieve in quantum leaps, and choose to be remarkable every day. She has promoted a world ranked boxer, built a mall, taught hundreds of entrepreneurs how to start and grow their companies, and interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished leaders. But, none of these experiences have compared to dancing intimately with death and grief; an encounter that served as the catalyst to publish her international business magazine, MOTIVATED. Challenging widely accepted beliefs about pursing a life of mediocre success versus passionate significance, readers appreciate the truths shared directly from leaders around our world.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnooJn18Xgk
MAGAZINE: http://www.motivatedonline.com

Because so many people take time right about now to think about mapping out a path for the year to come, I thought this would be especially relevant to post today. So read, watch, take action and get motivated!

More discovery postcards to follow in 2011.

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a rewarding journey!

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The Kaleidoscope Explained…

So, last time I said I’d explain how life is like a kaleidoscope.

If you’re familiar with them, kaleidoscopes are way cool.  With fixed parameters and a limited number of pieces, there are infinite pictures that can be created.  Nothing added.  Just a rearrangement of the parts, whether its with a big rotation or just a teeny, tiny shift.

So, with each turn, new possibilities are created as pieces fall into place.

I used to use this analogy when I was a consultant focusing on transformation/change management and motivating people to maximize their potential.

Here’s the deal: We each have different strengths and talents… and crosses to bear.  And whatever the situation, we’ve handled it all and lived to tell the story.  We may have done it with our heads in the sand… or faced things head-on… but however we rose to the challenge, we had it within ourselves to solve the problem, meet the deadline, confront our demons or rely on our faith, patience and judgment to just ride the waves of the tsunami until it all blew over.

I’ve heard the stories about the mom who suddenly could lift the back end of a car to get her child out from under it.  Undeniably awesome.  If I could have asked her the day before the crisis if she had the strength to lift the back end of a car, I’m sure she would have looked at me incredulously and answered with an emphatic, “No way!!  I could NEVER do that!”

What you do doesn’t have to be huge.  Remember, “lille bit by lille bit”.

Do a quick scan of things you’ve accomplished (or survived) when you thought at the time you couldn’t.  Once you’ve given yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, do another scan of things that you don’t think you have it in you to do.

Then remember that your life is a kaleidoscope.  You have all the tools, knowledge and determination to do what you want to do.  It may take doing a 180, and, then again, you may just have to tweak your inner voice and give that kaleidoscope a wee little turn so that you get the picture you want to see.

Make it happen.  Make new choices.  Find the opportunities in the challenges.  Give your kaleidoscope a turn or two and see the existing pieces from a new perspective.  You already have what it takes – you just have to realize it, believe it, and live it.

That’s what I’m struggling with now.  And it’s an ongoing process.  I’m not saying that one day we can just stand up and say, “I can do anything, and, by gosh I’m going to do it all!!”  I’m saying do one thing.  Then do another.  The rest will follow – you’ll build momentum.  I’ve recently re-enrolled in continuing education classes at the School of Life and each day, whether unintentionally or by design, I learn something new or see something from a new perspective – my own kaleidoscope in action.

Sometimes I don’t get the picture I want right away, but I know that the more I keep discovering new ways to rearrange my pieces, I see incremental successes and am encouraged to see what else I can do that I didn’t think I could do before.

Photo: Revolving Colors, grjenkin on flickr

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