Jaz-Z: A man who takes risks. Seems to have worked out OK for him.
As you read earlier this week, I was mad I wasn’t taking enough risk. Before our weekly meeting I sent my coach, Jackie, a list of things I wanted to discuss and that risk issue had stars and lighting bolts around it. In return Jackie wrote back:
I suggest we cross #2, #3 and #4 off our list first tonight in coaching so you can have the space to think BIG. Empire BIG. Like, Empire State of Mind Jay-Z Nearly a Billionaire BIG.
Excellent. She got it. I played the song a few times. Once I sat in my desk and watched the video. Then I got up, danced around, did air punches. It felt good.
One of my other issues was I didn’t feel like this blog was visual enough. Most of my favorite blogs are very visual. The subject lends itself towards that or the person is a photographer, designer, etc.. This lead Jackie to ask me:
“What is your strength?”
“Um…well my strength is finding all the right pieces and putting them together to complete the vision,” I replied.
“And what parts and pieces are missing from the blog?”
“I don’t know…” I lamented.
Jackie tried a different angle, “Where do you see this empire in the future? What are you talking about on the blog then?”
Easily I started rattling things off, “I’m writing about the next bags, the latest person to carry a bag and how they wore it, the women’s organization we are helping and the bags we gave them, the redo of our office lobby, the awesome people who work here and the promotions they get, my lunch last week with Martha Stewart…”
I was out of breath. ”Well, why not put all the in the blog?” Jackie questioned.
“Because it hasn’t happened yet.” I said matter-of-factly.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I actually had to fall back in my seat. ”Jackie!” I shouted, “THIS is the big risk! Putting my goals out there! Thinking big out loud!”
Jackie had a smile on her face I could see through the phone. ”WOW.” she replied, “That IS it. I got chills.” We were both thrilled with the breakthrough.
“Now, you can dare to say it out loud. You have permission. You will get there faster by putting it out there. This means you don’t have to be afraid.” Jackie easily listed all the fabulous things that would happen by taking this risk.
This. Is. Huge.
Now I’m ready. Ready for my “if you build it, he will come” moments. Ready for the risk. Ready for the reward.