There is a story I once heard, about two men who found out that there was a buried treasure up on a mountain near their town...gold and jewels, ornaments of all kinds, and many objects of beauty were said to be hidden and available for the taking. These two men dreamed of these treasures, planned their trip to the mountain, and eventually set out on a journey to pursue their dream, taking their picks and axes with them to find this cache, each in his way was already imagining the life ahead with all these riches.
Well, they found the mountain and worked for days and days, but finally left in disappointment and dashed dreams, only to find later that someone else came along, found the site, and just popped a hammer through the wall of Earth to uncover all the goods!
These two men had stopped just before the miracle. They lost their hope and turned back.
This story highlights an important reality that most of us experience. Letting the impatience and hopelessness take over our dreams. So when in your life have you stopped just before the miracle?
I know there have been times when I could have stayed the course for just a little longer, asked for help from a mentor or teacher, but in fact lost hope.
For women business owners, it may look like "forgetting" to return that phone call and losing the thread of an opportunity to speak, or not taking the time to network with a colleague. It may take the form of procrastinating on a project that would otherwise bring more visibility to you, and perhaps a new client or customer., or getting overwhelmed by the details and just getting lost in confusion.
Creativity can look like this sometimes. The new plan or idea gets sidelined and forgotten, lost.
It looks like a half-finished idea that stagnates, or the creative impulse left behind for a new and "sexier" idea. I had an experience the other day, in that I met a coach whom I had worked with for three months, and thought I would continue at some point, but didn't want to spend the extra money to hire her at the time. Then months went by, and I eventually spent that much money and more on a sideline idea I had for my business, one that seemed vital at the time, but didn't yield the results of the promise.
After I saw my old coach, I thought to myself, "I wonder where I would be now in my business if I had held steady in the continuity, and not ventured off course with another idea".
I truly believe that because we are in choice all of the time that things were, and are fine, but this thought did make me feel a little sad, and perhaps guilty as well, because in effect I dropped the ball.
So, from this story, I ask you, where is the gold in your business or life that you could reclaim for yourself?
What treasure lives inside of you that you wish for, but just feel fatigued about, and so don't keep focusing on?
Here are a few things to consider...
- Write down a goal that you have, one for perhaps the next 12 months.
- Start to visualize, and really feel yourself having already accomplished that goal, whether it is something in your health, your relationships, or your business
- Find a representation of that goal, for example cut out a picture from a magazine, or put a crystal in your work space, jot down a word that represents this desire
- Now take exactly ONE action that you have not taken yet, that would draw your goal toward you and make it real over the next year.
- Lastly, go about your business, and every time you think of it, give it warm and fuzzy love energy. Let it be playful, fun, exciting, happy, joyful
- See what happens, the people and opportunities that come to you over these next few weeks to make your dream more real, more close to being true!