Apr. 11th, 2012

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So, the big meeting went amazingly well.

I put in so many hours of prep that one part of me isn't surprised, but most of me is still, actually, pretty surprised.

After my talk, there were many questions, and only one was difficult. I did OK with that one.

The next day, one of the folks called me and said, "You were really impressive. I felt like standing up and cheering after your talk."

So, good.

I have to say that I owe a debt of gratitude to many, many of you. I asked for a lot of help, and I got it in droves.

I needed that help because even though I am good at the talking part and strong in my passion for transformation and change, there was much I didn't know and much else I needed to provide. And many, many of you helped me, and are still helping me.

Thank you. I will not forget those who helped me. When you have need, I will be there.

Thank you.

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This morning I woke up with this thought in my head: "I have eight days to make and upload my TED Talk application."

I've had the link for weeks, and [livejournal.com profile] divalion sent me a link to the New York page ages ago. I even posted a link on LJ for you.

Here's the crazy secret: I've been too scared to look at it until today.

Wild, huh?

This, more than anything, is why I need people who care around me: I need them to push me over that little edge of fear.

I woke up and told Michael, and he immediately reached for his iPad to look for the link.

We looked at it together and it's not that bad at all.

I even have access to a video of a longer talk I can potentially hack and link to in my application. I should have been on that already...

But we're on it today, now.

Next stop, TED 2013.

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The Most Important Financial Advice You'll Ever Get

Every time you do something different, every time you deviate from the norm, every time you break a habit or end a pattern, your brain cries, "Stop! This doesn't feel right! Don't do it!"

DO NOT LISTEN.

The number one requirement for financial success (or success in anything for that matter) is simply this: You've got to be willing to be uncomfortable. Or, as Eastern wisdom advocates, "Embrace what does not come naturally. Only then will you stop limiting yourself."

Discomfort is an automatic response to anything out of the ordinary. The ability to tolerate discomfort is absolutely essential to go on to the next level in any area of your life. Anxiety, fear, nervousness, resistance...all these are normal reactions to new situations. It need not mean something's wrong. It just means that something is different. Or as my wonderful therapist, Rosalie Thomas, would say to me, "Recognize you're tapping into the challenge of change."

The challenge of change almost always elicits the same response. "This is sooo hard." I hear it all the time in the workshops as we discuss the steps and what we need to do. I call it the Underearner Whine. My response never varies. "This is not hard. It's easy. But it is uncomfortable."

"I really like how you kept saying, 'you are going to be uncomfortable,' " Sally Beckett told me. "I now see that fear is a indicator, not of something to avoid, but something to approach. I don't think as adults we can experience true change without some form of fear, pain and discomfort. Because if it was easy to change, we all would have done it."

Actually, Sally, it is easy. It's just not comfortable.

---from Overcoming Underearning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life, Barbara Stanny, pp. 56-57

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