by Mark Nepo
Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won't let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth
by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night
it can't be done.
Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.
You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.
Here are some things I've found helpful.
I hope you find them helpful, too.
Oh, and I have an explanation for you!
Just scroll down to the bottom of the page.
The Big Leap by Guy Hendricks
The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Own the Moment by Carl Lentz
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Mind of a Survivor by Megan Hine
Super Brain by Deepak Chopra
Play Big by Tara Mohr
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
Podcasts and TED Talks
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WITH RELENTLESS JOY AND OWNERSHIP
This is what is says on my HOME page. But why relentless joy? And what's so important about ownership?
The Tibetan Snow Lion is so fearless and relentlessly joyful that its feet never touches the ground.
Fearless and joyful! What a killer combination. I want more of that in my life, and that's what I want for my clients as well.
Life is hard enough as it is, so I think we owe it to ourselves to be as joyful as humanly possible. While working on our goals and putting our plans into action, we're going to need a ton of fun, creativity, joy, and laughter.
Fun for the sake of having fun. No agenda. Pure joy. Happiness is the way. Why do you think companies like Google have creativity labs? Why do you think Einstein took time off from figuring out the mysteries of the universe to play his violin? Because play and joy are secret weapons on the road to greatness.
Part of what brings me joy is hugging trees, reading, hanging out with passionate people, going on new adventures, playing with animals, and all things related to chocolate. I briefly considered becoming a professional chocolate taster, but I wrote a little e-book instead. It's called, 'Chocolate For the Masses. Your Chocolate Guide to a Happier Life.'
It's free and fun, so make sure to grab a copy here>
One of my favourite people is a Jonestown survivor. His wife and kids were among the 900 something people who drank the Kool-Aid and died, but miraculously my friend got away. He ran for days, literally.
This extreme experience seemed to have washed all resentment, negativity, and victim-hood right out of his system. Only kindness, a wicked sense of humor, and compassion remained. If you ran into him, you’d think he’d spent his entire life growing organic apples and writing poetry. Like some kind of Hollywood artistic grandpa, played by Max Von Sydow.
During our first meeting he told me. ‘Remember, in this lifetime you are free. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.’
I hope you remember that too, because I think we think we know we are free, yet we hold ourselves back from doing what we really, really want by waiting for permission (never happens), by waiting until we feel ready (no one ever does), and by hoping that one day we stop feeling like an impostor and a fraud. Even Tom Hanks--to this day!--feels like a fraud, so good luck with that one.
I've now come to understand that feeling like a fraud just means we're doing something new and exciting. It's one of those things that can feel like a gigantic stop sign, when in fact it's an invitation. You are entitled to grab every opportunity that comes your way. No permission slip needed. Plus, nobody is going to do your life for you, so if you don't grab these opportunities, who will?
I didn't exactly used to be crippled by my impostor syndrome, but it sure slowed everything down to a crawl. And there may or may not have been times when I hid out in the staff bathroom, on the phone with my dear friend, eating chocolate, and panicking about being 'found out,' simply because I didn't know how to operate the conference call system.
I'm over it.
I can't be an impostor in my own life. I know that now. Everything shifted when my coach asked me, 'What is the opposite of an impostor?' The first thing that popped into my head was, 'Rightful heir! I'm the rightful heir to everything that comes my way!'
When it comes to taking ownership over our own life, we don't have the luxury to wait until we feel ready. Your life is here and now. Show up for it. No, scratch that! Scratch 'showing up'. Way too passive. I want you to be wild about your life. I want you to take it places, show it things, dress it up, grab every opportunity, and run with it. I want you to be so in love with your life that your feet can't even touch the ground.