Week 1: WHAT Did I Just Do????
…I Said Yes
It’s amazing to see how quickly life will change around you as you change within you. In April 2012, I read an article in Success magazine entitled “A New Man, Once Again” featuring Rob Lowe.
“…I’ve gotten more, learned more from saying yes than I ever have from saying no. A lot of times I don’t know where it’s going to lead. I don’t even know why I’m saying it. But I’m trusting a gut instinct.” [page 56]
Ever since then, I find myself saying yes more often. Now, think what you may of him, but open your mind to the difference of what 1 simple 3 letter word can make in your life. Then, perhaps you might find yourself somewhere new too.
…I Made a Decision
In life, we have choices. When we forget about choice, we simply respond blindly to the stimuli around us. To choose blind obedience is to give up free will.
“Once you gravitate toward comfort, you tend to assume a status quo, and that can leave you unprepared for the moment when your world tanks. If you strive for a certain level of discomfort, you gain an advantage. Why? ‘By definition,’ says Lowe, ‘to get out of your comfort zone means to stretch, to extend, to reach beyond what you’ve had success doing. And that can be difficult.’” [page 54]
Saying yes to the unknown and the different can be uncomfortable, but it can be rewarding in unexpected ways. By choosing the path to take, I find myself responding differently to those around me.
A friend, who always had a new idea, came to me with one where I sat up and said, “YES! I can do this!” Granted, I did not have the proper skills, and I went about it all wrong – at first.
“I know that even in failure, it can lead you to a path of more success. I believe that. Now you either believe it or don’t believe it, but if you do, you don’t look back.” [page 56]
Then, I decided to seek the counsel of others more talented and successful than I for their guidance and wisdom. I was seeking a mentor or apprenticeship program to educate me to be the leader and trainer I know I have the potential to become. My research path led me to Go90Grow, where I delved into Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. That decision proved to be so mind altering that I had no trouble saying yes to what came next.
“…a tiny seed of an idea, not even a guarantee that I would stay on the show [in the program]. I knew enough that I liked the show [program], so I didn’t do a lot of overthinking, let the chips fall where they may, and said ‘yes’.” [page 56]
As of September 2013, I’m a member of the Master Key Mastermind Alliance (MKMMA) program for the next 26 weeks. The program coordinator is Mark Januszewski, otherwise known as the World’s Laziest Networker, and his wife, Davene, lovingly referred to as The Fabulous Davene. Just because I said yes to the program, what do I do now? Well, I know I have readings to do, webinars to attend, meditations to sit for, and blogs to write. Beyond that, I’m trusting the process, and I’m going outside of my comfort zone to share my adventures with the global internet. YIKES!!!
“So, yes, I have every intention of delving into those spaces where I can extend and reach and grow and break through barriers. And in doing that, I’ve reinvented myself in a whole new way.” – Lowe [page 57]
I know, I know. You want more. You need more. Well, me too. More on that as it develops…
“4. This is true because we must ‘be’ before we can ‘do’, and we can ‘do’ only to the extent which we ‘are’, and what we ‘are’ depends upon what we ‘think’.” – Master Key