Sorry for the lack of posts. I have so much fun stuff to share and pictures too, but the Typepad app stopped working on my phone and that is where I was loading them from. Will see if I can get it fixed today.
In the mean time, I just had a little fun epiphany while filing my business paper work. I realized that the last time my Mom came to visit before her travels were cut short, was the week I discovered what the name of my company would be and also when I developed my mission statement, and felt the direction of my future coming in to place.
One thing that she and I did together was go shopping for office supplies. We stood in the midde of the store and She would laugh at me saying: "How do you know what you are going to need if you haven't started yet"
And I would reply:
"I have no idea what I'll need but I'd rather have it now and be ready, than get myself in a bind and wish I had something" You see most people have a business plan. I just had a dream.
She would humor me, and we walked around pondering what a successful CEO would have in their office. Files... Yes... A CEO would definitely have a file cabinet. But a green concious CEO would have recycled files to fill that cabinet, keep most stuff digital, and use less space. With that, we picked out a medium size file box and enough files to fill it up.
We came home, and sorted through all our many supplies, created tabs in my notebooks, filled out my calendars and set up that little file box. Since my plan was to have a portable office, I made sure that everything I purchased was easily portable.
The box was full of empty files waiting to be filled up. I explained to my Mom that I was going to "Act as If" and some day that box will be full of client information, business documents and training materials.
She humored me again, and we started putting little tabs on the empty files. Pretending what my future would hold.
I won't lie, there have been a lot of times through the last couple of years that I wondered if that box would ever get filled up. I would dread "filing" because it was a significant reminder of what is or isn't. There are times where I have doubted myself, my abilities, or allowed myself to feel crushed by the words of others. But those moments are short lived because if I kept in that place than I would have failed. And failure isn't an option when there are people in the world that need your help.
And so I act as if and keep moving forward with what feels right.
Today, I was filing a pile that I let get out of hand and realized my box was too full to add one more piece of paper. I now have a permanent grin on my face and I know my Mom does too.
While looking through the box, I see all the book and web articles I've participated in. The workshops, corporate wellness, group sessions and personal coaching I have done. I see the sign-up sheets and the sheer amount of people that I have been in contact with since I purchased that box and see my mission, passion and driving force in all its glory.
At IIN, we talked about the Ripple effect and how if you teach one person, how it ripples to their family and friends. By taking a gander at my little file box, this ripple has spread to thousands and I couldn't be happier.
Whether or not my business succeeds or folds at this point, there is no failure. My file box is full, it is time for a bigger box and bigger commitment to do what it takes to keep reaching more people.
Life is so good!!!