“Don't look back, you're not going that way.” -Unknown
For years I knew that I could write stories. I would read books and think either I could do better, or I could do that too. I even started writing bits and pieces, but I was so afraid to have anyone read it, because I didn't really believe that I could write. Isn't that funny, how deep down in my soul I knew I could write, yet my ego/mind had me terrified to put that feeling to the test.
Then so many things changed five years ago. My nephews death set into motion a series of events in my life that has totally changed me as a person. Some things changed because of my vision with LemonadeMakers, and others things changed because I decided that I needed to become the kind of person who could make LemonadeMakers be successful.
So many things are on the verge of happening, simply because of that one determination -that one question that I asked myself. Who do I need to be to get this vision out into reality? The answer was to be brave enough to learn what I am truly capable of doing. Who I am truly capable of being.
When I saw this quote, it really summed up the past 5 years for me. Learning what I am capable of doing. I stood up on stage and told my story to hundreds of women. I have a web page in development, and a community is being built on Facebook and Twitter. I have so many amazing people who after hearing my story want to help me bring my vision to the world. I have had setbacks that tested all of my newfound ability to love and trust both myself and others. I have discovered that when a door closes (whether softly or slams shut), the next door opens to something even more magical, if I keep moving forward without resistance.
I am actually writing my first book, will also have an ebook with all of these types of facebook posts gathered together, and I am writing poetry that is better than I ever wrote years ago. I have stepped out of the shadows were I hid for most of my life. All of this is happening because of my nephews death and how I chose to respond to it.
When I look back, what I see of a lot of small decisions and actions, that add up to huge change. It isn't the momentous" woman saves child from burning car" kind of story. It is the story of a woman who chose to travel a different path than she had been on. I simply decided that it wasn't right to have so many people who want to make a difference in the world fail, because they didn't know what they didn't know.
I hired coaches to help me figure out what the vision was leading me too. I talked to everyone about what I wanted to accomplish. And the amazing thing is how many people have helped me in the past few years. I have had setbacks, but the belief of perfect strangers in me and my vision, who have become good friends, keeps me going. The vision never stops pulling me forward, because like the woman who after nine months of carrying a child, I have gone into labor and there is no turning back. This vision is being birthed, of that I have no doubt.
What I wanted to share with this post, is that each of everyone of you reading this, has a world changing vision inside you. You may not think that it is important, or that you are the right person to bring it into the world. You may think that you don't have a vision at all. But I really believe that each and every one of us has one. Something special that only you can do, if you are brave enough to travel the unknown path. You need to discover the amazing things that you are capable of, and that there are amazing people you will just as excited as you are about your vision. Us "dreamers" are a friendly bunch!
Our world is changing. It is changing because people are waking up. They are waking up, because of people like you and me, who determined that we couldn't not do something to make a difference in the world. It started by changing not the world, but simply themselves.
To learn what we are capable of, we have to step outside of the stories we told ourselves to keep us safe. I have stepped outside the story, that no one would want to read what I write. That what I have to say, isn't important or life changing. That what I write isn't good enough.
What stories have you been telling about yourself? I said that no one would want to read what I write. Let's find out together just what we are capable of. Rewrite your story to show what you are capable of. Here is mine - I believe that I am capable of being a NY Times bestseller. What's yours?