Let the magic happen!

I’d like to share a couple of posts I have seen on Facebook recently:

Both of these are so true. Stop making excuses for yourself and let the magic happen.

Jen

Break out of your shell.

I believe we all have our talents within us. It is a matter of finding the right moment to unleash our hidden fears to maximize those talents. Looking back at my childhood report cards, I noticed a comment in my grade 1 report card. It said, “Jenifer enjoys chatting with her classmates…” I still get this complaint today at work that I can be “too chatty.” No wonder as a teen I felt like I wanted to be some kind of a speaker. Yet I seemed to feel shy and had a hidden fear that sometimes holds me back.

I believe my fear and my shyness first surfaced shortly after my best friend moved away when we were in Grade 4. She didn’t move far, we simply did not go to the same school anymore, and didn’t spend our whole time together anymore. I was now forced to go out and find new friends. I felt as though I didn’t quite fit in with anyone in particular. Sure I continued to find some good friends here and there, yet I never felt super comfortable. I started to become shy.

This shyness however, would dissipate after a while, especially when I started to warm up to people. I can remember while I was in university, my co-workers at my part-time job said to me one day, “You were this sweet quiet girl, now all you talk about is all the parties or outings you do in your spare time.”

I love talking to people, and I love sharing my stories, and listening to other people’s stories. No wonder I would love to become an inspirational speaker. I heard somewhere that like attracts like. When we seek out motivational speakers, or read different books or blogs that inspire or motivate us, we already had that talent lying dormant within us.

It is time to liberate those feelings. Break out of your shell and find you’re inner calling. It is waiting. Let the universe guide you, and the doors will begin to open. Go out and meet a new person, say hello to the person next to you on the bus this evening. Apply for the new job even if you are scared you might not be the right fit. You will never know unless you try. It always doesn’t hurt to ask. Ask, and you’ll be surprised, that when you ask, you often times will receive.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Do not be afraid!

No matter how big or small your goals may be, do not be afraid. If there is a goal you have set that feels insurmountable, take a moment to reflect on the big moments in your life. It could be overcoming a disease, it could be going through labour and delivering a child, it could be finishing your first race, or acheiving a weight loss goal. How did it feel when you reached the moment of empowerment. Did you feel like you were on top of the world and could conquer anything? Look to those special moments when you feel as though you are stuck. Remind yourself you can do it, and go out and do it!

Stop being a lady on the basketball court!

When I was in high school (grade 10 to be exact) I badly wanted to be on the basketball team. I had never played organized sports outside of phys ed and I loved playing basketball. So I went to try outs and I missed the cut. I was devastated. My mom told me to talk to my coach to find out what I could improve on to make the cut the next year. The first thing he told me was to stop being a lady on the court and start being a basketball player. That lesson has stuck vividly in my mind since that day. To let you know, I did make the team the next year.

I had another moment of this lesson recently. I currently am working part-time and an excellent opportunity arose that I chose to pursue. It was team lead of my team at work. It would have meant going full-time, and I was prepared to make the sacrifice. I felt as though I was already a “leader without a title,” as Robin Sharma would call me. Now the opportunity existed for me to step it up and be given a title of leadership. Last week my manager informed me he gave the position to another person in our company. Sure I was disappointed, although I listened to his advice with an open mind and heart. He was happy to hear from other people in our company that I was taking initiative and working at growing my leadership skills. The chosen person had a few more strengths in some areas than I had. He also let me know there could come some other opportunities my way at a later date. Even though he didn’t say it directly, I heard those words of my basketball coach echoing in my ears, “stop being a lady on the court…”

There are always lessons to be learned in every event. You are always in the place you are meant to be at any given moment. Never give up your dreams and always ask for what you want or something better.

I am at peace with the decision. I am grateful for this learning opportunity. As Robin Sharma says in “The Leader Without a Title,” be the best in the world at what you do.

Namaste.