This weekend I took my nephews to see The Peanuts Movie. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a big fan of comics… I was most excited for the popcorn, and of course, to spend time with my nephews… and the popcorn!
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Such great messages. I was cheering for Charlie Brown throughout the movie but he’s Charlie Brown and so he fails at almost everything he does and has a considerable string of bad luck. And you would think that he would just give up. Give up trying to fly a kite, trying to kick the football, but he doesn’t. Surprisingly he is an optimist who believes that maybe this time it will work for him. Life isn’t easy for Charlie Brown but he doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself, well he does a little bit, but can you blame him? Most of the time he just keeps pushing forward.
Writing this post is a huge step out of my comfort zone. Part of me, well really most of me, doesn’t want to publish it. But I have come to realize that, when we have that fear, is when we know that it’s exactly what we need to do. So I am going to tell you something that I haven’t really ever shared. It’s how I thought, what I wrongly believed for the past 42 years…
I recently read a book called the 4 C’s Formula by Dan Sullivan of the Strategic Coach. It is such a simple concept but it was like an AHA moment for me. The basis of the book is that, when achieving goals or trying to make things happen there are 4 C’s that you go through (and in this order) – Commitment, Courage, Capability and Confidence. I think this book really struck me as I have been going through this cycle a lot lately. The really huge message that I got out of this is that you need the Courage before you will have the Capability. And I think this is what stops most people from reaching their goals. People think that because they don’t have the Capability or Confidence to do something that they can’t or shouldn’t do it. You will never have the Capability or Confidence to do something until you do it and you will never do it until you have the Courage. Seems really simple when I say it but in reality we struggle with it.
My favourite way to contribute each year is to sponsor a family at Christmas. I get incredibly emotional while I’m shopping, as most of the things that I am buying are things that we take for granted. Towels, pyjamas, dishes and blankets. I probably go a bit overboard but the thought of a child not experiencing the magic of Christmas makes me want to cry. The thought of a mother not able to afford sheets for a bed or warm winter coats for her and her kids makes me so sad. I think I usually spend about $700 on a family. $700 is a lot of money and there are a lot of things that I could spend that on, but I can’t think of anything more important than allowing this family to have some comforts that we consider necessities.
Five months ago a picture, similar to the one above, came across my Facebook newsfeed. I was immediately drawn to it. As I looked closer I realized that it was a picture for a swim trip. A swim trip? I couldn’t believe something like this existed! Not only is it a tour for open water swimmers but it is in one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. I booked the trip that day!
This past week I was at a conference in Scottsdale, AZ. On the first night, dinner was around the pool. My plan was to go down, eat dinner and go back to my room, go to sleep early and get up to run in the morning. That was my plan…