I’m waiting to hear your answer… What are you waiting for to take the first step?
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
– MARK TWAIN –
Decide today to take just one little step. As your coach I am not asking you to take all of the steps at one time. I realize that would overwhelm anyone. No. What I am asking however, is that you take one tiny step at a time. Just one for today!
I hear you asking me, “Gwen, what does that look like?”
My reply, “I am so glad you asked.” It looks like putting your hands to your purpose for just 10 minutes today. That’s it. That’s all. As your coach I am asking you to set a time for 10 minutes and go to work doing something that fits or aligns with the reason why you are on this earth.
Now that you have a clear picture of what I am asking of you. You may be tempted to question my request. You may even be tempted to doubt me. That’s okay, I anticipated this reaction. So let me share with you what I know. I know that you will resist throwing yourself into purpose 100% if you have been resisting your purpose for any length of time. My goal is for you to take bite sized pieces. As you nibble your appetite for fulfilling your purpose will swell so big that it consumes you. Once you are consumed then Purpose has you. The end goal….
In 1984, at the age of sixteen-years-old, Mary Lou Retton scored the first perfect ten in the history of the United States Olympic team. After her flawless performance on the vault one reporter asked, “How does it feel to have achieved the first perfect ten for the U.S. team?”
Her answer was, “Like it’s always felt!”
The reporter challenged her stating, “But no one has ever done it before!”
Mary Lou’s response was piercing, “I’ve done it thousands of times in my mind.”
Napoleon Hill said it best, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
Mary Lou understood the power of believing… it is to think a thought, until you feel the thought, and now you believe the thought.
Once you believe it… there is no such thing as it being impossible to achieve it. The only impossibility is that you will not achieve it.
Ask yourself this question:What have I done a thousand times in my mind?
Aim:toFOCUSon your dream. See yourself doing it a thousand times in your mind.
A: Because your life (your existence) has purpose.
Q: What is purpose?
A: See the box below
Knowing and accepting your purpose refines your vision. Once you become one with your purpose you can become engaged in life. Once engaged, you can envision yourself doing what you were designed by the creator to do. Live life! Do what you love!
When was the last time you envisioned, imagined or dreamed of something amazing? A clear vision is the starting point to attaining anything. Vision is the act or power of seeing. It is also the act or power of imagination. Vision is a necessary sense required to keep moving forward. Moving forward should always be the goal.
We imagine many things throughout our lifetime. When we are little we use our imagination almost every day. Unfortunately, as we grow older, many of us stop imagining. You may see the decline as normal. It is anything but normal. The power to see and imagine are God given senses that He expects us to use every day. Sadly when we fail to use our sense of vision and imagination our ability to see grows dim. And over time we forget how to use the muscles of vision and imagination.
As children many of us had big dreams. We had lofty, yet very attainable, goals. We believed and imagined we could do and be almost anything.
When was the last time you dreamt of something big?
Have you found yourself comfortable yet uncomfortable lately?
Could it be the case that you have spent your entire life doing what was safe? Have you taken the safe, practical, easy path only to be left with the nagging feeling that there is more to life? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it is time… It is time to envision again, dream again. It is time to use BIG imagination.
Will you take the challenge with me? This week sit for five minutes each day and simply imagine. Close your eyes and imagine possibilities. Imagine bigger, better, fuller, happier life. Imagine living life on purpose…with purpose!
Vision coupled with imagination… is moving forward.
If you read my last post you may be pondering. How to deal with the question, what should I do now? You have come to accept that where you are is where you are supposed to be. You have also come to the realization that where you are is not where you want to be.
“Now what?” you ask. That is a good question. Let me first say that realization is a great first step. Awareness is so critical for all aspects of life. Here is what to do next. Keep It Moving…Forward. I can feel the cyber response, but what if I am not moving at all? Or, I don’t know which direction to go.
The good news is that you are not alone. We have all been there at some point, or many points, in our lives. I will share a little of what my coach once told me. I was facing major life changing decisions. At the time, I desired to be in a position where I could flow out of purpose. I was afraid to move forward, afraid to stand still and afraid to make a mistake. I was so full of fear that I was paralyzed. “Can I share something with you?” she asked. “Yes,” I replied. She began by saying; everybody is muddling their way through. We are all grasping, trial and error, a little of this and a little of that. She finished by sharing with me how important it is to know that no one person has it all figured out.
It is the trial that builds our tenacity muscles and it is the error that develops and grows our wisdom. Each time we are courageous enough to try we get stronger. We become less apprehensive about taking on a new challenge. And likewise, every time we fail we learn something powerful and profitable for our future.
You see, success is not defined by how many times you try or how many times you fail. Success is defined simply by the fact that you tried and you either succeeded or you failed. No matter the outcome you are a winner. You are a winner because you gain from every experience. Success will involve some failures… Just make sure you are failing forward.
On your pursuit for purpose, passion and fulfillment you will have many opportunities to stop. You will also have many opportunities to keep moving forward. I would like to encourage you to by-pass all of the ‘stop’ opportunities. Pursue every opportunity to keep moving forward.