I accepted her invitation. More on that soon.
Lately it feels way more important that I share the journey with you. Openly. With humility. Transparently. With courage.
No neat, tidy package for public presentation. The masks are gone.
There are a series of blogs coming (starting with this one) where I plan on sharing an exercise you just might wanna try for yourself.
These exercises are ones I've done for myself. I'm sharing cause I found them to be helpful, effective and powerful.
I'm gonna use myself as an example. Not the example. There's a difference. Trust me, be you ALL THE WAY.
Remember it's not about me. I share my stories, process and experience so you might find, see and claim YOURSELF.
The invitation came in my coach's email, "This is how to make the competition utterly irrelevant".
"Let's face it, when you're competing on who you are, that really isn't any competition at all. Because no one does you, like you.
What I've come to understand over these years of being in business is that there's so much I can't compete on.
Your job is to bring more of you into your business. Share the stories that show your people who you are. Let them see what you stand for, what you value and what you don't. "
I would love to hear some of the crazy/weird/wonderfully unique things that make you, you."
Ok, invitation accepted... For those of you who'd like to see how this works, read on to see my answers.
I CAN'T... (and won't)
I can’t compete on being dedicated solely to my business (my desire for freedom, wellness, time with and supporting family, and enjoying life are far too important to be all work and no play).
I can’t compete on being glamourous (when I’m happiest in my pj's, or walking in the woods in my dog clothes and my face is au naturel).
I can’t compete on society’s definition of success (there’s more to life than money and keeping up with the Joneses).
I can’t compete on pressure to conform, fit in and belong (I’ve lived too long to be anything but who I am and how I got here).
I can’t compete on being everything to everyone (I’ve been there, tried that, and burned several t-shirts. Love me as I am or move on).
I CAN... (and do)
I can compete on my willingness to be guided and act on my intuition.
I can compete on my willingness to go where I'm called.
I can compete on my willingness to stay in the process, honour the journey, allowing life to lead the way.
I can compete on my willingness to open up, self-disclose, be vulnerable, to create connection and intimacy.
I can compete on my love of supporting and celebrating people who take action and risk in the direction of their dreams (making a difference in their world, makes a difference in the world).
I can compete on my joy of helping others realize and own their unique, beautiful, brilliant expression of life, moving through the blocks that obscure the way.
I can compete on my acceptance, open mind, and open heart to connect with people from all walks of life.
I can compete on the way I’m able to reach people where they are at.
I can compete in putting words and a voice to what many feel, think and want to share, letting others know they are not alone.
I can compete on my ability to come up with creative solutions, options, possibilities which others cannot see.
I can compete on the way I find the gifts of beauty, truth and compassion in all situations.
I can compete on my intuitive, empathic and observation skills to notice what’s beneath the surface, and illuminate it for you.
I can compete on connecting people to other people, businesses, organizations and resources for the greater good.
I can compete on my dedication to sustainable and conscious living, living life the only way I know how.
I can compete on my consideration for human, animal and planetary well-being.
I can compete on my connection and communication with all life.
I am so DONE with living in any manner that doesn't honour my inner truth and wisdom.
And if I fall into old patterns (cause I will), I know and trust I will find my way again.
How about you? Who are you? Who are you not? Reply in the comments. I'm listening.
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PS - this post was a bit of stretch for me (claiming everything I want to be in the world). I'd love to hear where you wanna stretch too.