No Hard Feelings
Well, it’s harder than I thought. After all, I had a minor lead in a high school play and I could memorize my lines and perform without any trouble. I’ve stood in front of training meetings and that wasn’t hard at all. The difference is that the words weren’t my words and the feelings that I have right now to share my journey aren’t easy to express. I’m going to begin a video blog on YouTube and probably start with something simple like an introduction. That makes sense anyway. My short term goal is to express my understanding of the challenges that one faces in early or forced retirement and give some practical solutions that I’ve found.
More importantly, in the long term, I hope to engage with those who want to engage and help them by listening and guiding them on their journey. The books I’ve read and the stories I’ve heard are all part of the landscape of who I am and who my audience is. That can be beautiful if cultivate properly and fertilized, weeded, and cared for.
So stayed tuned. I’ll let you know when the first video is up on YouTube and I look forward to your comments.
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Did you ever have the feeling that all the motivational quotes and all the jealousy about other’s success have finally pushed you to the edge of the cliff and you finally need to make a decision? This week I did make a decision. And it wasn’t that I wasn’t aware of the need for the decision or that I didn’t want to make it. I have been looking for the right time and the reality is that there have been plenty “right times” and I just didn’t do it.
We’ve all had them. I connected with lot’s of the right people to coach me, prod me, kick me, whatever. There was Mark J., the World’s Laziest Networker, who taught me about the hero’s journey and self talk, and especially the Man in the Mirror. There also was Joe Pici from my Amway days who had taken his best skill of coaching and developed his sales training coaching business for sales professionals training. He offered me coaching. There was Michael Dloughy, who’s Mentoring for Free series hit the nail on the head when he pointed out my personality was causing me the paralysis of analysis. Then I have been regularly receiving plenty of tips from Tom “Big Al” Schreiter by email. SO it’s not that I didn’t have opportunity to get help. I did…but I didn’t. It reminds me of the story about the guy in the flood who was offered help from God with all kinds of rescue but declined the offers.
A state trooper in a Jeep knocks on a man’s door and tells him to evacuate due to a pending flood; the man says “God will save me.” A few hours later the water is running through the man’s first floor, and the coast guard pulls up to his second story window in a boat, but he sends them away, saying “God will save me.” A little later, the man is on his roof, with floodwaters ravaging his house. A helicopter flies over and dangles a ladder, but the man waves it off. The man is swept away and drowns, and when he gets to heaven, he angrily confronts God with “why didn’t you do anything to save me.” God says “I didn’t do anything ? I sent a jeep, a boat and a helicopter.
The Moment of Truth
So once again I have arrived at a familiar place. The water is rising, so to speak. And a contact I made on LinkedIn connects with me on Skype and we have a video chat. Turns out he’s in his family restaurant business in England and…does coaching for an online business that I had been involved in. So now I have a coach. Assignments given. Followup on the assignments in three days. No bullshit. Let’s go.
The reason I’m writing this today is because I know that I have to reestablish myself as my own brand. Me, Inc., so to speak. So Thanks for reading this and I appreciate your comments and suggestions.