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