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Monday, June 25, 2012

My Journey With Bob Walker

As we are celebrating the one week anniversary of our baby girl, I am glad I took time to rest this weekend. I knew it would take some adjustments on our part with an addition to our family, so I gracefully welcomed whatever change I needed to make. But after a week, I was so exhausted that I had to rest. Otherwise, there was no way I could keep going.

A few weeks ago, we ended our twelve week coaching session with our clients. But before we did, I wanted to get some feedback from them to see the progress they made (if there was any). I was amazed by what they said. It was quite emotional to hear the great breakthroughs that happened in just twelve weeks.

As we were about to wrap up the meeting, Bob Walker (one of our clients) just went: “Oh I almost forgot to say something. I hit my goal of getting $10,000.” I was like “WHAT!!!” What do you mean? He calmly took his cell phone, went on the internet, opened his bank account page and showed it to me. I was speechless. $11,000 were in his checking account. I looked at him like he was a ghost. “Do you mean we have been here for almost two hours, and you forgot to tell us about this amazing news? I asked. Bob just went: “Oh yes, there is more money to come”. The meeting was over.

When I met Bob, he had just left his job of eleven years. He told me that he wanted to follow his passion and become a professional speaker, writer and coach. As we were discussing about his goals, he also mentioned that he would like somehow to earn $10,000 during our coaching program.

As we began the journey and I told him, even though he had money as a goal, to forget about the money and do what he had to do. The money part will take care of itself. He agreed.

So, for about ten weeks, he went through the motions (his own words), and all of sudden, something clicked. He started seeing himself as worthy of success. He started doing stuff that he was not doing before. He started seeing himself as handsome and successful. He said that he started seeing himself as a magician who attracts everything he needs like magic. Guess what! It happened. Money started flowing, people started to call him to offer him contracts. He just spent a weekend in New York working on a great project that, soon, will be taken worldwide. Bob is on something. I don't know what happened to him, but whatever it is, it works. Bob is a new man now.

He is about to start his own radio show, he is on his way to become a professional speaker, author and coach, his life's dream. I am so glad I played a little part in his wonderful journey.

Moral of the story? Do you want to meet my friend Bob? Just think like a magician and I will be coaching you.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, June 18, 2012

My Journey to A Great Surprise

For months we “knew” we were going to have a baby boy. That's what we were told. Surprise surprise! The doctor exclaimed: “Look, you have a baby girl”. My wife went :”Oh my God...”. And I was speechless. In a few words, that's how everything went.

You see, from the day I met my wife she said that she wanted a baby girl. Of course, my mom (with 3 big boys) wanted a girl as grand-daughter. As far as I am concerned, I wanted a baby boy, but I knew that any baby is a blessing. I just wanted a great player for the Raptors who really need help by now..

We were going to name the boy Joshua. When my friend (that I won't mention here) texted me yesterday after the news that it was a girl, I laughed so hard when he asked me “are you going to name her Joshuelle”. This dude is so funny. He went on telling me that his brother went through the same thing, and was going to call the boy Joshua, just to find out that it was a baby girl (can you believe that!!). Then my friend suggested that, in my next blog I was going to finish like this: Moral of the story? Do you want to have a baby girl? Just expect a boy, and choose the name Joshua....

In the whole process I learned so many things, but the most insightful thing I got to experience is the power of our words. What we say create what we will experience.

As I mentioned, for a long time, my wife wanted a baby girl. She even had a name for her. She was going to call her “Sky” (short for Skylar). So, I started to call her “Mama Sky” even before we were married. After we were told that we were going to have a boy, I kept calling her “Mama Sky” for some reasons. Guess what! She is now officially “Mama Sky”. Skylar-ZoĆ© Imanzi-Bizindavyi was born on June 16, 2012, at 7.32 pm (Toronto time), just one day before Father's Day. What a blessing! She is a beauty.

My wife and I have decided that we are going to create together the life we want by the words we speak. We decide how things will go. So, before going to the hospital, we prayed and agreed that all will be fine, that we would go home the next day, and that our baby will be a blessing for us, it won't cry a lot and will be healthy. Guess what! It happened EXACLY the way we said. It is quite an experience. In the room where she was staying at the hospital, she was the only one to go home after 24 hours. The rest of the moms stayed at least for an extra night. Our baby sleeps so well, she doesn't cry a lot and she is healthy. How cool is that!

A big shout out for my brother and his wife. Wow! I am so glad you are in my life. Our baby is yours too. Gladys, you can take her home for 3 months as you requested. You deserve it

What about me? You may ask. It is just sinking in that I am a dad. It is surreal. All I know is that I will be soon getting calls from the WNBA wanting my baby girl to be a professional Basketball player. They will have to pay big bucks for that.

Moral of the story? Do you want to have a baby girl? Just expect a boy, and choose the name Joshua..

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Journey to a Busy Sunday.

It has been one of those interesting weeks when I had to accomplish more with less time on my hands. It was also a week with excited news from friends here and there who shared with me the miracles that are happening in their lives. It was really inspiring.

A few days ago I was contacted by an Executive Director of an organization downtown letting me know that they were putting together an event this Sunday that they called “Victim Commemoration Ceremony”. They needed an MC for the event, and I agreed to work with them even though it was a last minute deal.

I have done tons of events in the past, but it was my first time dealing with such a sensitive subject. I am used to having fun out there making people laugh, this time I did not really know how to deal with it. Fortunately, when I met the organizers, they told me that, even though they were going to talk about victims of violence, it won't be like a funeral. There will be time for fun as well.

Sunday morning, I was ready. The first part of the event was really fun. They had invited a 12 year old rapper named Lil JZ (who once performed with Drake), a Band from Mauritius (a great opportunity for me to show my moves...not really! Lol) and other entertainers as well.

After (as far as I am concerned) what I called the main event, namely lunch, it was time for serious stuff. They had invited survivors of violence (of any kind) to share their stories. Oh boy. There were tears in the room (including mine). It was incredible what these people went through. Some of them it was the first time they shared with a big group of people. It was quite an emotional moment.

I left the event around 4pm with my friend Jim who came to support me. I couldn't stop thinking about the stories I heard. They really put things in perspective for me, especially in regards to the challenges we face. Whatever we are going through, there are people who went through worse and survived. The event made me so thankful for my life, and gave me hope that whatever will happen to me, I will come out victorious like the people I heard, if I keep the faith.

So my friend, whatever you are facing now, keep in mind that it could be worse, above all don't worry. It is just a phase. Brighter days are ahead of you.

Moral of the story? Do you want to invite me to host your event? Just make sure the lunch is provided and it will be an emotional event.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Journey to Aurora

He was a great friend of mine, he was a great Basketball player, above all he was a great man. His name is Elie Ndayishimiye and he just passed away.

Almost a thousand of us where in Aurora Ontario this week-end to pay him tribute and say a final goodbye to Elie. It was such an emotional day as family and friends were giving their testimonials about how Elie had impacted their lives. That is how he was. He impacted lives wherever he went.

I first saw him in the late eighties when he was a Basketball star back in Burundi, then played against him years later. Finally I played with him in our Basketball team here in Toronto. He was such a good player that, when the game was on the line, we knew that giving the ball to him was our only hope. And he delivered all the time.

Being in Aurora last Saturday, seeing all these people gathered to support his family made me realize once again how precious life is. I sometimes take it for granted, and mostly I sometimes take for granted people around me thinking that they will be here forever. Elie's sudden death was a wake up call for me. Above all, the amount of people that came to the funeral was the exact reflection of his life. He had impacted a huge number of people.

Basketball players gathered at the funeral made sure that he won't be forgotten. Starting from next year, there will be a tournament named after his name. His legacy will live on.

Talking about legacy. I sometimes think about what legacy I will leave after I am gone. At first I thought I had to do big things for me to be remembered. Elie changed my mind. Apart from being a great Basketball player, do you know why Elie was so loved by many people? Because he was so kind. He made you feel special whenever he was talking to you.

Last year when I was in Burundi, I met his mother-in-law. She wanted to give me a package that I could bring to his daughter (Elie's wife). I told her that I would go back to Toronto in October, but my brother was leaving earlier. He could bring the package (which he did).

When it was time for Elie and his wife to pick up the package at my brother's, Elie brought him a bottle of wine to thank him. When my brother told me the story, I said to him: “That is the Elie I know”. He made every moment special. He will certainly be missed.

I found my way to leave a legacy: Just be kind to people and make them feel special. Because they are. Thanks so much Elie

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman