With only five more days until Thanksgiving, I thought I’d kick off the celebration early with a note of thanks, gratitude and an invitation!
It was only two years ago this week when I took my first big step towards being a solopreneur. It’s almost hard to believe, time has gone by so quickly and so much has happened since then.
On reflection, it took me a long time to make that decision, or more precisely, it took me a long time to take the embodied actions that would create what I truly wanted.
And, it’s so interesting that what I experienced back then is so similar to what I now encounter in my work with the successful leaders I support as they take leaps of their own and curate their dream careers (and lives!).
Do you know someone who is being pulled to make a big change?
Also, much like many of my clients, when I was first considering beginning a Next Chapter, I could only articulate my vision and “why” in the most general of ways. If you asked me what my business was going to be about, I often had a different answer every day!
This led me to assume that I needed to wait until I had a better “plan.”
I knew that I wanted to focus on supporting leaders and organizations in ways that made my heart sing. I knew I wanted to do “more” and was being pulled towards something, but I kept weighing the risks and “what if’s…”, and kept listening to the pesky voices in my head.
Those voices told me that I “should” keep the great title and steady salary, I “should” do more research, and I “should” wait until college loans are paid off.
Does this sound familiar? Do you know someone who is clearly meant to do “more” but has not yet taken the leap?
But my heart was pulling me so strongly, I knew it was time, and I stepped up and went all in.
Now I am living in my purpose. My professional and personal lives are no longer compartmentalized, they are integrated and there seem to be threads that continue to reveal themselves. And…“all” I have to do is follow them.
How did I do it?
There are many answers to that question. There are tactical and technological steps, as well as a major shift in my mindset, and a commitment to mindfulness.
AND: There’s you. The reader. You respond to my Happy Friday emails with your ideas and insights. You forward my information to colleagues. You reach out and let me support you. I don’t have business cards, I don’t do marketing, I only recently created my website.
I’m doing the most meaningful and impactful work of my career – guiding and coaching boards, founders, executive and artistic directors, interim managers, senior staff, and graduate students – helping leaders enroll & engage others (increase revenue, communicate in an elevated language of impact and purpose, navigate transition and change, have clarity on Goals of Impact)… and this is only the beginning!
I am so grateful that you’re a part of my email community, and that many of you share my posts on social media.
I am grateful that with your help and support, I am reaching more and more purposeful leaders and am able to support them as they do their mission-driven work. They (YOU!) are making the world a better place because of what you do, and the unique way in which you do it. Thank you.
Join me in incorporating a daily practice of gratitude into your morning routine – you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to feel the power of this practice.
Complete this sentence: “I am thankful for…” and see the momentum and clarity this ONE statement can make on your thoughts and actions.
To your success,