You have to let it all go Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief ~ Morpheus
Today I was surprised–no shocked, by some unexpected bad news. I am an avid YouTube viewer and I’ve collected a crew of folks I follow. It’s an African American, natural hair thing and I won’t bother you with the details, but I clicked onto YouTube only to see a familiar face crying and the words RIP on her video. I clicked on the video to find out what had happened. The crying YouTuber named a young woman, a fellow YouTuber who was well known within the African American natural hair community. I too watched her videos; in fact, I had just noted her recent Facebook post indicating she would begin her maternity leave in just five short weeks. I was stunned and saddened and I still am.
Each of us is running a race and we all know how it ends–well we know it will end. We may not know how or when, but each of us has a limited time here and despite that fact we dawdle, we fail to take action, we make excuses about time, fatigue or money. But we are also the leaders–whether we know it or not. People watch us, so whether we actually do our exercise, skip the soda, or fail to show up on the digital page to blog, others are watching.
And more importantly the clock is ticking.
The young woman I spoke of earlier (may she rest in peace) apparently died of a heart attack. Her new born is in ICU–or was, last I heard.
So, let me ask you, what are you waiting for? It may never come. You may never be perfect, but you must assume the reins for your dreams and your tribe and get moving; none of us knows how long we have, so it’s important to remember you are the leader. Do the work today–now, this moment, because this moment is all you have. I hope you love what you do enough to move even in the scary moments–and there will be plenty of those if you’re a leader. Your first blog, your first interview, your first tweet. You will screw up; get over it and move on. Patience, perseverance and vision are your best friends. Your vision will tell you where you are headed, so make sure you’re clear about what your vision is.
Do you have a goal for this month? How many clients or how many dollars do you intend to earn and by when? What service do you intend to give in return for fair remuneration? What will be your reward for doing the work, for there should always be a reward. It sweetens the pot and makes the goal important in the now. If you don’t have a goal, don’t worry, pick one now and get moving on it. It’s not too late to get moving.
If your goal is filling your practice or getting more clients, I’d like to help you. The teleconference is free and you can register here. If you’re reading this blog you already have some dream or goal you hope to accomplish; don’t forget it.
The clock is ticking…