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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My Journey to the Plan

Our baby is now six months old. Time really flies. It has been a real joy to spend time with her and see her grow daily.

I have received a number of positive comments about my last blog. I am glad you liked it. Let go and let God is a principle that I am learning to embrace. I have read about it a number of times, and I thought I was doing it, but I don't think I had totally released control until recently. How did it happen? So many things happened at the same time that led me realize that I had to let it go. One of them is the experience of my good friend Emmanuel Lopez a.k.a Motivatorman.

About a year ago, I met Emmanuel just to catch up after my summer in Africa. Emmanuel and I have been friends since 2005, and ever since we made a tradition to meet regularly to talk
As we were talking, he shared with me that he was going through one of the toughest moments of his life. From our previous conversations, I knew things were not easy for him, but he always kept a positive attitude about everything.

I don't remember the rest of our conversation that day, all that I can recall is that we agreed that I was going to help him get back on track. I didn't know that we were about to experience a heck of a ride together.

The plan was simple. We first talked about his goals. What he wanted to accomplish for the next three months. Once done, each Monday, he had to e-mail me his plan for the week, and on Friday we would discuss about the results he had produced that week. My role was to hold him accountable and make sure that he did what he said he was going to do, and offer him some coaching if needed. I knew that by him focusing on the tasks at hand would create a good momentum towards achieving his goals.

For an entire year we never missed a week. Along the way, Emmanuel experienced a number of breakthroughs as well as disappointments. But he kept the course

Some things started to happen. At first it was about me helping him. Then it became helping each other, as every week he would tell me inspiring stories about how things were unfolding for him. Now I was looking forward to our Friday conversation just to hear one more time what he had to say as I desperately needed inspiration myself.

And then, about three and a half weeks ago, the amazing thing happen!

It was during our Friday call. As we were sharing about our experiences of the week, I mentioned to him an e-mail I had received from a minister. The minister said that many people create plans and ask God to bless their plans, instead of going to God and ask Him about His plan for them.

When Emmanuel heard that, he shouted: “That's it! That is what I am going to do! Instead of me sending you my plan for the week, I am going to ask God about His plan, and each Friday I am going to send you the results of my activities”.

It was as simple as that. I was curious to find out what happened.

Now it has been three and a half weeks since that conversation, and what happened ever since is simply a miracle. It is breakthrough after breakthrough. I am seeing a life being transformed before my eyes. Every one of Emmanuel dreams is happening at a speed that he has never seen. As I am writing now, Emmanuel is in New York (a trip he never thought he would take), and I am sure he is promoting his just released book. For five years he was trying to publish his book, and the very first week he asked God to handle everything for him, his book is now on How cool is that? Check out his book at

Emmanuel really inspired me and his story came to me at a time I really needed to hear something like that. Did I decide to jump as well and let God handle my things? Not right away. Something else happened. That was the trigger. You might be wondering what happened. That will be the subject of my next blog. So, stay tune.

Moral of the story? Do you want to publish your first book? Just have no plan and you will go to New York.

Always a pleasure

The Journeyman


  1. Wow, thanks for featuring my recent success story about my new book on your blog Patrick! You have really helped transform my mindset over the past year of your business/life coaching!

  2. Emmanuel, Congratulations on the release of your new book! Great Job my friend