Grace Notes: Risk Dreaming.

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“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” – Chinese proverb

I took part in something called The Succulent Wild Business Summit on Facebook last month, with SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) at the helm, alongside Dr. Scott Mills and Movement Maven, Suzanne Evans.

I’ve taken a number of these webinar style summits over the past couple of years, and they are sometimes primers in what not to do, rather than what to do.

This one, however, was a complete beacon of light. I feel like I was invited to a sumptuous meal where someone else paid the tab. (The summit was free.)

“If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” – Geena Davis

As the summit wound down, I found myself waking up and realizing how much I want to share my message with the world in the way that SARK has for the past thirty years. I never thought of her as an entrepreneur, but she is. And she’s someone whose approach to business feels right. It feels good. (Hardcore sales is not something I feel comfortable with. Sales the way Sark does it, hell to the yeah.)

I left the experience inspired and hopeful. Ready to risk. Ready to get in the driver’s seat of my dream and put my foot on the gas.

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

Then, I got scared.

I wondered if I could do it.

I wondered if I had the cojones to take a colossal leap of faith and dabble in an area where I felt lost.

I stewed for a bit and nibbled on my self-doubt. I sat pondering the sky while my coffee repeatedly got cold.

Then I remembered something that Suzanne Evans said during the live call on FB:

“Done is better than perfect.”

A couple of weeks later I found out I’d won a coaching call, so I sat down for half an hour, taking a wild scrawl of notes as the coach reiterated much of what the summit taught.

She gave me a series of action steps that helped break down what I need to do into manageable bites that I seem to be able to contemplate doing.

And she referred to me as something that I rarely acknowledge. She said, “You’re an expert at what you do.” And suddenly I felt less fear. (Thanks, Cathi!)

I am an expert. I am a god-damn expert.

I’ve been teaching writing for 15 years. I’ve never set up courses in the particular way I am now contemplating, but I have a vast amount of experience to share.

She also revealed that only 20% of our ideas need to be successful.

She said that Evans built an extremely successful seven-figure business on that 20%. (In other words, 80% of what you try, can potentially fail. However, 20% can take you to the stratosphere.)

So, I am updating my website and making what SARK calls, ‘micromovements’ toward the goals I have for my new writing workshop/publishing business. I have some heavy lifting to do over the next few weeks and months, but I will learn what I need to do, as I go.

Yes, I will undoubtedly make mistakes.

That means my life is in motion.

That means I am creating momentum.

That means I’ve become willing to risk dreaming in order to start the life I’ve always imagined I’d live.


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