03 Mar Having the Courage to Start
I want to talk about a shirt that I was wearing. The shirt says “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” John Bingham said that.
I bought myself this shirt the year I turned 40 and I trained for a full marathon. Yes, that is 26.2 miles, 42.1 kilometers, and YES I did finish, and yes, it was ridonkulously hard, and no, I haven’t done another one. I might. I don’t know. We’ll see.
But my point at that time was it wasn’t courageous to finish, it was courageous to start. It was bold as brass, seriously, to decide at 40-years-old that I would run an entire marathon. I had been running half marathons for quite a long time, so it felt a little bit logical. A full marathon is way more than twice as hard than a half marathon. That is a fact. Ask any marathoner. It’s totally true.
As I’m working away on the Inner Peace Summit 2.0, I’m thinking about this quote again because the thing is, this summit is a big project. It’s a big project. I’m interviewing 28 experts, so it’s 28 interviews I have to do. Knowing my tech foibles, I’m not jinxing myself, but there’s a decent chance I’ll have to do some of them more than once because that’s what happened last time.
Plus I have to interview myself twice, which will be weird, and I have to deal with a designer, and I have to deal with my executive assistant, and I have someone helping me with optimized press in the website, and I have someone else helping me with something else. This is a big team, it’s a big up level, it’s a big project, and not only did I decide to take on this project, round two, but I know I’ve talked about this before, my actual desire is to change the world.
I want to create world peace and the way I’m doing this right now is by creating more inner peace because I know deeply in my heart that when you find peace within yourself, you begin to emanate out peace to the people around you, to your family, your friends, your community, and you begin … It’s almost like we’re cell towers. We begin to transmit a signal of peace and we, together, are going for global coverage. Can you hear me now? Right? Thank you!
Seriously, why would I take on something so huge? Doesn’t it seem like I’m just jousting at windmills? Doesn’t this seem like, you know, who am I? One tiny little person, a yoga teacher, a stepmom who lives in the suburbs of Vancouver. Why would I take on world peace? Why would I have the courage to do that? Why would I have the naivete to do that?
Well, you know what? There have been a lot of people who took on huge things before. I don’t want to say I’m the same as Martin Luther King, or Gandhi, or Mother Teresa, or other world, but you know what? Maybe early on they felt like this like, “I don’t know, I just have to do this,” and let’s hope that I accomplish what they accomplished. That would be amazing.
Is this crazy to take it on? I don’t know. I don’t know. That’s the thing, I am taking on an enormous quest. I do have a huge vision for how I want to change the world and right now I’m working on a big project, so the next thing I wanted to talk about is being proud of it.
It’s not completely acceptable to talk about being proud of what you’re doing and proud of what you’re accomplishing. It feels kind of braggy and yet, we should feel proud. When we do something awesome, when we are as we are, we should feel proud, right?
Feel proud of yourself. Go ahead and be courageous enough to take on whatever it is that you feel guided to take on even if it seems crazy, even if it seems huge, even if everybody else tells you, or me, that you can’t accomplish it. Be brave and just keep going because if your heart knows, then that’s all that you really need, so that’s it.
That’s it for me this morning from Inner Peace headquarters. Please do sign-up for the Inner Peace Summit 2.0. Keep your head on, your heart open, and your bleep together because it’s going to be awesome, and hey, I want you to join in and help me change the world.
If not, just join in and you’re going to learn, and you’re going to be entertained, and you’re going to be entertained and you’re going to be educated at the summit. That is my goal, so please do sign-up. I don’t think you want to miss it. It’s going to be awesome. It’ll launch March 12, 2017 don’t miss it https://innerpeacesummit.net/
Okay, have a beautiful day. I got to get back to … Oh, yeah. I got to get some makeup on and do some tasks and stuff, and I have three interviews today with three amazing people, and I am super duper excited for interviewing Mariana Bandara on belly love and listening to your gut, and Chantelle Adams on courage and being brave, how appropriate for today, and … Who’s my third? Who’s my third? Sara Best who talks about nutrition and loving yourself, so I can’t wait.
I will talk to you later. You have a beautiful day and if no one has told you how awesome you are recently, let me be the one. You are awesome. Be proud of yourself. You totally, totally deserve it.