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Monday, November 29, 2010

My Journey to an amazing feeling

As I search to find the right words to express what I am feeling, one song comes to mind. Do you know which song? Take a guess! No, it’s not that one. Try harder! OK, it's Bob Marley’s song “Is this love” on auto replay in my mind. Stay tuned for the upcoming attraction in a theatre near you.

This week has been one of the busiest yet most productive weeks in a long time. Things that historically never moved are now moving. I had a meeting with Paul my business partner where I pointed out to him that we’ve been thinking about doing a lot of things instead of just doing them. This statement cracked him up but we both knew that it was true. So, since then I have been in action.

Last week I delivered a keynote presentation to an organization that provides assistance to new immigrants to Canada. This was my third time presenting at this organization, and I have to tell you that each time I am always amazed at the work they are doing. As I was doing my thing, I couldn’t help but think about the movie “The Ultimate Gift” (great movie by the way). There is this part in the movie where someone says, “I don’t know what my dream is, but I know that I can definitely help others achieve theirs” (I am paraphrasing here).

During the presentation I almost came to tears as people shared their dreams with me. As they opened up about their dreams I could tell that they were mentally ready to do great things for their community and for the world. It’s a great privilege for me to do what I do. Thanks to them, I am living my dream as well.

My two business partners were in the audience, and I couldn’t wait to receive their feedback at the end of the presentation. It wasn’t long before I got to hear what they thought about the presentation. “I’ve heard good things about you, but tonight you blew me away”, were the words expressed by our newest business partner, someone whose opinion I respect immensely. She made my day!

It is a great feeling to do the things you love. The good part about it is that, the more you do the things you love, the more excited you get and if you give it time the results always follow.

Now I will ask you the same question I asked the participants at my presentation: If you had all the money you ever needed and did not have to worry about working to pay bills and if you had all the time you ever needed, what would you do? If you find the answer to this question, you have found your dream. It is something you would be willing to do for free and still enjoy.

Now, I went from “Is this love” to Michael Jackson’s “This is it” lol.

Moral of the story? Do you want to feel great all the time? Keep reading my blog and I will keep you posted on my relationship status.

Always a pleasure
The Journeyman

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Journey to an amazing week

Have you ever felt like you are living in a dream where every moment seems to be perfect? You meet the right people at the right time, you get the answer to your questions effortlessly, your work is getting done, and doors that were locked for a long time are now opening for you. I am hooked to Louis Armstrong’s tune “It’s a wonderful world” (or so it seems).

That was me last week. I didn’t want to wake up from my “dream” because it felt so ideally perfect. What a feeling!

The “aha” moment came a few weeks back when I was late for a meeting. I am rarely late for anything. Although I said I was late, I arrived for the meeting 15 minutes before it started. But for some odd reason I managed to get IN the room late. I had to explain why I was late. I had stepped out of the room help someone I knew not realizing how long it would take. I rushed back into the meeting’s room, and found everybody waiting for me (talk about an embarrassing moment).

Then came the coaching! It was a tough pill to swallow. Through the conversation with my coach, I realized I was late for the meeting because I chose to be nice. I had to step outside my comfort zone to lend a hand to someone, but doing so jeopardized my commitment to attend my meeting on time. The coach asked a question that made me reflect on my life as a whole. He asked “where else do you see the same thing happening in your life?” It was a slap in the face to me. I saw a clear picture of my entire life. So many times, I have chosen to be nice rather than committed to my goals. And so many times I was left wondering why I wasn’t attaining many of them. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to be nice but at the same time it also needs to be put into perspective. I had to think in terms of priority. Everything has its place and time.

Yesterday, I heard a great entrepreneur say “If you are interested, you will do what is convenient, but if you are committed, you will do whatever it takes”. There is so much truth in this statement.

So I chose to be committed. All of a sudden, there was more time for action. Now I am delegating some of my work. It’s unbelievable! And it feels good. There are other areas of my life in which I am getting HUGE returns (stay tuned for the press conference). If you can read between the lines, the “I” will soon translate to “we” (please restrain from calling the paparazzi! My privacy is precious lol)

Moral of the story? Do you want to spend a utopian week? Just be late for your meeting, but only once.

Always a pleasure
The Journeyman

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Journey to great and not so great moments

One of the things I enjoy about my trips to New York is coming home from New York (I am not even sure if I understand what I just said). Maybe I can explain.

For me, going to New York is like a car going to the gas station with an empty tank. It comes out topped up with energy, ready to hit the road with more power. That’s how I felt on Monday when I returned home to Toronto. I was ready to take on the world. There are so many projects on which I am working and I am super excited about all of them. My friend, Mike, and I would like to launch an online TV show (a long time dream of mine). What else? I would like to see and help my friend “Summertime” achieve her dream of building a hospital back in Burundi (her longtime dream). And together with another guy I met a few weeks back, I would like to build the first African Cultural Centre in Toronto. Isn’t that awesome? The funny part is that I have no idea as to how all of these things will work out. But I am excited regardless.

This is what my days have been like lately after my trip to New York. Meetings after meetings. When I get home, I am both exhausted and excited.

Yesterday was one of those days where you ask yourself “what in the world just happened”. I had a meeting at work that went until 4:30 pm while my best friend and his wife were waiting for me outside. We were supposed to go out shopping for suits (I know I am good looking but there is always room for improvement).

So off we went. When I laid my eyes on “my suit” it was love at first sight (maybe I need more of that in other areas of my life, if you know what I mean lol). But for my friend, he needed more time to pick the right suit. We did enjoy the “outing” and we had a great deal of fun laughing and joking. After that, my friend dropped me off at the location of my next meeting (yes, I know, I could use some rest). We said our goodbyes and promised to meet up today to pick up our suits.

My meeting was great and productive. Then it was time for my coaching call (yes I do that too). The call was great, however, a short time after I received another call. It was my best friend’s wife on the other line (remember the couple with whom I went shopping). She was in tears. She just said to me: Can you come over please? My husband’s mom just died. I was caught off guard and all I could think was “are you serious?”. A few hours ago, we were joking and laughing, and now we get hit by this kind of news? I couldn’t believe it.
Needless to say that I stopped all that I was doing and headed to their place to be with my friend. There was not much I could say when I got there. I ended up crying the entire time.

What did I learn? Life is precious. Let’s enjoy the most of it, living the present moment like there is no other. Let’s share our passions with the world like our lives depended on it. Let’s make this world a better place to live with our loved ones and cherish every moment we spend with them; because they may not be here tomorrow.

Moral of the story? I think I made a good point. Don’t you think?

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Journey back to the Big Apple

This is one of those blogs where I am going to use my time travel machine. I am writing it on Wednesday, you will read it on Monday, and I am talking about a trip I am going to take on Thursday (go figure).

Another week-end back to New York, I am very excited about it. I will have the entire day of Friday for myself, and frankly I don’t know what I am going to do with all the extra time (how about an NBA game at the Garden? That would be nice).

This week my friend Motivatorman is celebrating his 400th blog. What an accomplishment! He has been my friend and mentor for a while now. He is the one who introduced me to the world of blogging and now I am a self proclaimed Superstar (round of applause please). Do you know what he says about my blog?

In his own words: “Ever since I have known Patrick he has told stories that have astounded and inspired me deeply. His are stories of real-life successes that helped me see that I could overcome my own challenges and achieve my dreams. Patrick is a powerful storyteller and his superhero name is Journeyman!”

Quite frankly, I never thought this blog would last this long. I didn’t know I would have stories to tell every week. And here I am, a year later, and I have never missed a week. I think I can retire now and return eighteen months from now (why not? Just like Michael Jordan). Don’t worry, I am here to stay (yes, I kind of sensed your disappointment).

What have I learned this week? A lot of things, but one thing sure stayed on my mind. I was watching a video about healthy eating habits (and I was hungry while I was watching it). Two guys were discussing about a diet program and why people don’t commit to keeping the discipline of eating healthy and exercising (and they were pointing at me while saying it).

At the end of the video, one challenged the other to eating healthy for 90 straight days. According to him when we do something for 90 days we create a habit that we won’t lose easily. During the course of the challenge, if he fails one day he will have to start from scratch. And for every time he misses his goal, he will give $5000 to charity. Do you think he can afford to miss a day? I don’t think so.

After watching the video, I asked myself this question. How committed am I to my goals? I can outline whatever I want to accomplish, but until there is enough actions behind it, it will still be a wish. Am I willing to pay $5000 every time I don’t do what I said I would do? First of all, my goal is to have that kind of money available anytime lol. It really takes commitment. To tell the truth, I am not at that level yet. But I am willing to try. I learned that until we have something to lose, it is hard to commit at a high level.

Now I am thinking about something I can give when I miss a thing on my to-do list. Any suggestions?

Moral of the story? Do you want to eat healthy? Just watch a video when you are starving and you will commit to your goals at a high level.

Always a pleasure
The Journeyman