If you and I are Facebook friends, you might have heard that I was nominated for an award a few weeks ago.
It’s a cool story actually. I was out in my neighborhood walking the dog and having a little chat with God (Reba is my channel!), when the topic of success came up. God asked me a bunch of questions (or I asked Her…. It’s all the same, really) and by the end of the walk, I’d become ready to embrace a new level of success.
The fact is, I’ve been putting certain limits on my success for a really long time. If you look at my professional progression over the course of my adult life, even across multiple careers, you’ll see a very clear pattern: long stretches of contraction punctuated by occasional, meaningful success.
That’s what the conversation with God was about. Lots of questions about why I was doing that, what I got out of it, and whether or not it still served me.
Well, by the time Reba and I made our way up the ramps leading to our front door, I’d decided it didn’t. And standing outside the door, with God (and Reba) as my witness, I made a new choice, a “next level” choice. I declared my readiness for greater impact, higher service, and more success.
Felt good. Right. And now it was in the hands of God. How lovely.
Reba and I went inside; I took off her gear; she hightailed it for the water bowl (Reba is the loudest drinker in the history of canines); and I opened my computer.
There in my Inbox, where it hadn’t been 30 minutes before, was an email from an organization I’d never heard of, in a county not my own, congratulating me on being a “final nominee” for a 2016 Women of Influence Award.
I’d been nominated by an old friend of Dean’s whom I’d not seen or talked to for more than ten years.
Wow. Way to say you heard me, God!
Well, today was the awards luncheon, and though I didn’t receive the actual award, it was still kind of a big deal. More than 200 women were nominated for 10 awards. About half of us made it through to “final nominee.” And as far as I can tell, I’m the only one of those hundred who was a final nominee in two categories. Plus, we got lovely certificates of recognition from both the California State Senate and the State Assembly. I truly feel honored.
There are many more levels to this story which I’ll tell you about another time. But for now, I’m trying to just breathe and receive.
Breathe and receive. 🙂
Meantime, perhaps you’ll enjoy this:
As part of the process, I was asked to answer some questions. I truly appreciated the opportunity, and many of my answers reflect the conversation I’d been having with God. Maybe they’ll hold meaning for you, too. (Anywhere you see the word “business” in a question, you can substitute “life,” if you like. They’re pretty much the same for me.)
*The best piece of business advice you ever received and from whom?
“Your deepest truth, artfully articulated and authentically offered, will change the world.”
— God, about two months after I was paralyzed
*Please finish this sentence: “To be a woman of influence you must……”
… embrace your inherent value, then consistently place that value into the world.
*Name one trait or behavior that you feel has helped you succeed the most in business
Courage. Nearly everything scares me. I just do it anyway.
*What are the top three tips, strategies, or pieces of advice you would give to other professional women as they try to make their mark, be a leader and succeed in business and industry?
- Release your attachment to what other people think of you and your ideas. Concerning yourself with the opinions of others will, faster than anything else, make you smaller than you are.
- Break up with “not good enough.” If you want to make an impact and truly lead, you have to end your love affair with this old story (and sacrifice everything you gain from it).
- Get more honest with yourself. If you’re actions (procrastination, indecision, obsessive doubting) don’t match your intentions (success, wealth, impact), it’s time to own that you have conflicting desires. Actualizing your dreams requires taking Radical Responsibility for everything you’re creating. (BONUS: And please stop judging yourself. You’ll never get honest if you judge everything that’s true!)