I recently read somewhere that in order to welcome the right situations and people into your life at the right times, you've got to say "yes" as often as possible. For this homebody, saying "yes" is sometimes a challenge, but hindsight and wisdom get me out the door even when my tired bod says "no."
That being said, I jumped at the chance to get together with respected friend and colleague, Patti Minglin, CEO of Go Girl Communications, at a recent meeting. In the midst, I finally met my amazing Chicago Parent editor, Alena Murguia, who I've known - only virtually - for more than four years. What a morning - two writing mentors, coffee and lots of laughs! I can't tell you how much fun it was to hash out creative ideas with a group that extended beyond me, myself and I. What's more, the meeting ended with a serious take-away for me - a big time lecture regarding my lackadaisical attitude about self-promotion.
It's ironic that I put myself out into the world, my naked words alone on pages and screens all over the U.S., and never think a thing of it. Conversely, I can barely contemplate sharing these same articles and columns with those that frequent my social media networks. Every day I advise clients to use social media to their advantage, to extend their customer bases and further establish their brand through Twitter, Facebook, blogs and more. Some serious soul-searching has left me with a realization: rejection from those closest to me might just be my ultimate fear, but putting myself out there might just be the most trusting endeavor of my life. Not only is it an opportunity for career growth, but for enormous personal growth, too.
With the help of technology, the stern words of wise friends and a healthy dose of courage, I am turning the proverbial page. I know what I want and I intend to get it. The time is now. Much gratitude to Alena and Patti for the words I needed to hear.
I am currently reading The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. While I've barely gotten into it, the message is already ringing clear. The old king says to the boy in search of his Personal Legend, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
I believe that's true. And when you combine 'want' with 'effort' while focused on your passion?
Success is the only possible outcome. Look out world!