"Set your sights high – the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way."- Eileen Caddy -
I remember how after my nephew was killed and my sisters nonprofit that she had started fizzled out, that I saw a way that I could reach out and make a difference, in helping the small nonprofits that get started every year to be more successful.
Like many of us, I saw myself creating something small. I would start a small consulting service, and figured that I would lobby corporations to pay my fees, as I helped the nonprofits fill in the missing pieces. I hired a branding company to help me figure out what my brand was. We spent three days (one on one) doing nothing but working on what I was creating, what it would be called, and what the brand would be.
As they worked with me they said "Sheryl you are playing way too small - don't you see what you really have is a reality T.V. show? "As we talked it through I realized that they were absolutely right! I did have one, and my sights were expanded beyond anything that I would have thought possible.
I think that all of us do that. We get a glimpse of our vision, the purpose that we are here to do. And we pack it tightly in a small doable box. That way we think (subconsciously) we can accomplish this thing. Any bigger and it might fail. We play it safe.
Seeing the vision through their eyes I saw that we could showcase local small profits, and show how they too could expand their vision of what was possible. I realized all of the wonderful things we would accomplish when people in the their local communities joined hands to help them. This was a change the world idea and vision. It took my breath away to think that this was my vision.
I knew that this was a tremendous leap for me. This was literally like going to the moon. I had no idea how to even start. I didn't have a database, or following. My career in the banking industry had nothing to do with a T.V. show. I knew no one in that field that I could even ask questions of. I had limited funds with which to accomplish this. But now that my eyes had been opened to seeing the possibilities of what this vision could accomplish there was no going back. That box was in the recycle bin and I was going for the moving truck - extra large load.
I started doing things that I knew I could do. I started networking to build a database. I worked with BraveHeart Women to develop the website. I hired a VA to help with social media and got that part up and running. Each month I started something that I could do to build up towards the goal of having a reality T.V. show.
Very soon the website will be launched. I have grown a following of close to 1,000 men and women, and everyone that I talk to about LemonadeMakers gets very excited about the wonderful things that we will be doing. The plan is to grow the site to help the nonprofits and when we reach several success stories to begin marketing our reality T.V. show.
There truly is nothing that has ever gotten in my way during this journey so far, other than myself. I am living in this space of knowing that anything is possible, and that LemonadeMakers is a world changing idea whose time has come.
I know that all of you came here with a vision. I encourage you to look at what you think that vision is about, and then talk with others about it. See the vision through someone else's eyes and watch it grow into the vision that it truly is. You didn't come here to play small. You came here to light the world on fire.
Set your sights higher than you think you can leap.
Expect the most wonderful possibilities and don't let "you" or anyone or anything get in your way.
Miracles happen every day.
Expect miracles and they will happen for you too.