For the dreamers and do-ers…
This one’s for the dreamers and do-ers.
The ones brave enough to take a risk.
To leap in faith.
The ones who hold a subtle belief, whether conscious or not, that they can make it.
The ones who are afraid but see no other way to live.
The ones who live each day like it’s their last because they know deep down that one day they’ll be right.
The ones who are unwilling to settle for an unfulfilling life.
The ones who live with passion, power, and purpose.
The ones like me who are committed and will never give up.
The ones who love themselves so much that they’ll risk it all in pursuit of their Heart’s calling.
And who know that if they do their best one day at a time, God will take care of the rest.
This is for you.
I have 5 Guideposts to share with you and then I’ll complete with powerful poetry and lyrics.
To live an authentic life.
To actually live and speak your truth without apology.
To be ALIVE.
To be FULLY present.
To fully LOVE.
To be here NOW.
To BELIEVE in oneself.
To take a stand for what’s possible…
Takes inexpressible COURAGE.
I honor anyone who even considers living fully.
I know many of you are embarking on a transitional chapter.
I want to acknowledge you.
And I want to help you.
From time to time I deliver presentations about conquering professional transition.
My presentations feature 5 GUIDEPOSTS to successfully navigate any transition.
I’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback about my presentations.
I initially had trouble believing some of the feedback that I received.
I later realized that I was deflecting because of my own self-doubt and limiting beliefs.
I’ve experienced and witnessed how powerful the 5 GUIDEPOSTS can be when applied consistently.
I am therefore creating a book which will essentially memorialize my presentation.
I don’t enjoy book writing.
It’s not my thing.
I love to coach.
But I’ve been encouraged to write the book, not for the sales, but because it can help so many avoid the emotional suffering and pitfalls that commonly accompany professional transition.
I’m not sure when the book will be published, but I want to share the Guideposts with you now.
The Guideposts will help you transition successfully.
They can also help you navigate any personal transition or achieve any major life goal.
THE 5 GUIDEPOSTS:
(1) Emotional Management
(2) Morning Mindset Cultivation
(4) Intelligent, Consistent, & Focused Action
Each Guidepost alone will serve you.
Applying all 5 Guideposts concurrently will serve you exceptionally well.
Here is a passage from my draft manuscript (a short summary that will go toward the end of the book)…
“Once you take the leap, do your best to nurture and sustain your excitement, passion, and inspiration for achieving your desired outcome.
When a disturbing emotional state occurs (fear, panic, doubt, guilt, etc.), use the tools we discussed to manage your emotional state, especially emotional support – reach out to someone who will actively listen to you without judgment and help you grow through whatever you’re going through.
The mind is the most powerful device in the world. Use it to your advantage! Prime your mindset first thing in the morning in a way that works best for you to cultivate a powerful state of being congruent with creating success.
Do your best to take intelligent action. There’s a difference between busyness and productivity. To help determine intelligent action steps, ask ‘What is the next required step?’ Stay laser focused and consistent. Remember that perfection is not required. All that’s required is doing your best one day at a time.
Take care of yourself – mentally, physically, and spiritually – in a way that’s effective and true for you.
Hire a coach to help guide, inspire, and coach you to create a successful transition. There’s a reason why Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, said that ‘everyone needs a coach.’ It’s a service unlike any other. And it works.
I know, however, that powerful coaching isn’t accessible to everyone. If you can’t afford a great coach right now, that’s okay. Maybe you can barter or find a coach who is just beginning their journey and willing to take on pro bono clients.
As a coaching student at NYU, I coached pro bono throughout the beginning of my training to help accelerate my learning. I would suspect that many other coaches in training are doing the same thing.”
If you have any questions about any or all of the Guideposts, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I ask only that your questions be concise and specific.
E.E. Cummings received a letter from a high-school editor asking how to become a poet.
This is his reply (referred to as the Courage to Be Yourself)…
“A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feeling through words.
This may sound easy. It isn’t.
A lot of people think or believe or know they feel-but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling-not knowing or believing or thinking.
Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
As for expressing nobody-but-yourself in words, that means working just a little harder than anybody who isn’t a poet can possibly imagine. Why? Because nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else. We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time-and whenever we do it, we’re not poets.
If, at the end of your first ten or fifteen years of fighting and working and feeling, you find you’ve written one line of one poem, you’ll be very lucky indeed.
And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world-unless you’re not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.
Does this sound dismal? It isn’t.
It’s the most wonderful life on earth.
Or so I feel.”
“This one’s for love, for mothers that are grieving
It’s for that dreamer in that class that’s underachieving
This is for believers whose faith is all that’s keeping them breathing
This is the garden of Eden
This is for all of my heathens
This one’s for Inglewood, both in Chicago and Cali
This one’s for Manchester and Crenshaw, for Rally’s
Happy moments happen to be sprinkled throughout half of these tragedies
Actually, I just started embracing change
It’s safe to say that growth is an uncomfortable process
And pain is a necessary investment for progress
I stress that if you ever get ill or hurt against your will
It’s just a quiz from God, this is our test, ah, yes
This time it’s gonna be different
I’ma bless the world with honest quotes in every sentence
And get better every moment just like Beverly mentioned
Hard times but never resentment, I stay forever relentless
~ Last Supper, D Smoke (Live Performance)
Create an extraordinary week.
Loving and believing in you,