If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one
-- Dolly Parton
I've been reading and listening to some interesting folks these days that contribute to the question I often ask of you... "What's really holding you back from the one big or small Reinvention that you dream about?"
Through my marketing agency -- THE SHARPE ALLIANCE -- I've had the great privilege of working with great companies and clients -- most recently the amazing @DianaNyad (the epic Cuba -- Florida swimmer) and expedition partner Bonnie Stoll on their new venture EverWalk. From the moment I met Diana I was riveted by her story, her laser focused inspiration and her incredible sense of what's possible. Did I mention she's only 67-years-old?! And then I did it... I joined this incredible @EverWalk movement and am proud to say that I accomplished "my epic" -- walking 33 miles a few weeks ago!
As part of #EverWalkNation and the inaugural event of a long-term movement to get this country up and walking -- this seven-day walk from Los Angeles to San Diego motivated me and I had plenty of good exercise, fresh air and thankfully, some much needed reflective time. I invite you to check out www.EverWalk.com and pledge to walk at least three days a week - join #EverWalkNation
As I drove back to LA from our final Achievement spot in San Diego I was feeling particularly inspired and was listening to profound and interesting interviews, all touching on motivating ideas, forming new habits, quieting those doubting voices in our head and wanted to share with you some wisdom, tips and insights I've collected.
Here is some collaborative thinking and ideas that might motivate you and help you find your path to the Reinvention that you are seeking with links to interviews, podcasts and websites from @DianaNyad @KathySmith @Dr.PatrickPorter @MelissaAmbrosini and @MelRobbins
We also have habits! Habits are hard to break and when you're inspired by somebody like Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll who just launched the largest walking movement in American history -- only three years after Diana Nyad accomplished the swim from Cuba to Florida -- 110.86 miles in about 53 consecutive hours -- you realize that it is our mind that can control anything we want to do. Once we're inspired or excited by an idea, it's a whole other thing to get ourselves teed up and active in pursuing a dream so that it's more than just a vision.
Check out Diana Nyad's incredible TED TALK to capture the essence of her journey and experience during the epic swim.
Here's a great interview/podcast between fitness guru Kathy Smith and Diana Nyad.
Kathy Smith also interviews Dr. Patrick Porter and they discuss habits, retraining our minds and creating tips and tools for breaking old habits and forming new ones. Lots more great content from Kathy Smith can be found at www.KathySmith.com
First you have to question what's actually holding you back. Is it those voices in your head that are making you doubt why you are even worthy, or the idea that you have is even viable? If it is, it's time to recognize what those voices in your head are actually saying to you so that you can isolate them and quiet them as Melissa Ambrosini says in "Mastering Your Mean Girl"... or your Bad Boy. Those voices in our heads are what create the self-doubt to even take that next step. It's not those around us that stop us. It's usually us -- but we don't realize how severe of an impact that has and how to control or quiet those adverse messages. Take a look and listen to what Melissa has to say about all of this... https://melissaambrosini.com/
Mel Robbins -- "It Takes 5 Seconds to Change Your Life" -- one of the most popular TedX Talks, is a life coach and is widely respected for her grab-'em-by-the-collar advice and tough love, Robbins drills through the mental clutter that stands between people and what they want. Her approach is smart, effective and entertaining... www.MelRobbins.com
These are some interesting and motivational talks and interviews but you have to find what works for you and who you connect with to provide the best inspiration.
I've had the honor of working closely with Diana and Bonnie on EverWalk, and watching something epic take form. Participating in EverWalk made me realize what I'm capable of when I have a reason and the team behind me and I'm pushed to do something that is way out of my comfort zone.
It's often about the team -- those who might support our vision, act as a mentor, share resources, provide advice. Think about surrounding yourself with your own team when you're embarking on a new journey, exploring a new concept and Reinventing a part of your life.
The next step is figuring out how to retrain yourself and your mind to actually do those things. I believe that if the "will" is strong enough, we can do anything. Do you believe it? Are you willing to commit to yourself if you really want to affect a change in your life? If the answer is "yes" then take those moments of confidence and clarity and bottle them. Remind yourself how worthy you are and how great your idea is. Run with it!
Run with it, make a plan, find your team and go for your "Epic"!!
Enjoy some of these inspired links. I'll add some of them to the website along with other interesting and relevant websites and referrals.
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