That’s me and my Griffin with the son from our host family in San Pedro, Guatemala!
You may notice that Luisito and Carlitos (Griffin’s Spanish name) are wearing matching Barcelona soccer team uniforms.
It was a happy surprise when I learned that both boys have the same favorite player – Lionel Messi (an Argentine professional soccer player who plays for Barcelona) – and it was an even happier surprise when I realized I could acquire the uniforms for them at a tiny little shop in San Pedro.
I’ve come to think of soccer (or football as it’s called in most of the world) as the international language of friendship because it has brought us so many lovely experiences with so many people in Guatemala.
I could regale you with the many stories of football and friendship we’ve had, but I want to keep this note short (but I hope also sweet!) because I still want to be fully immersed in the amazing adventure we’re having here.
Of course, I’m still devoted to you, so I wanted to answer a question I’ve been getting from a lot of readers about how I’m able to “take off” so much time this summer.
Ever since my son Griffin entered elementary school (he just turned 10), I have wanted to take the summer off to just “be” with him.
One of the many reasons I quit my hospital job last year is because I wanted the freedom and flexibility to make that dream a reality.
And last year it happened: I took off 3 weeks in June. My family traveled across the country in an RV and then we had a week in California to spend quality time with my extended family.
I spent a week in a high-level business training with my mentor.
We went on our annual camping adventure with some of our closest friends.
Then Griffin and I flew to Europe in mid-July to spend the rest of the month sailing around the Greek Islands with friends. We even managed to squeeze in a trip to Paris.
August was spent mostly reading novels by the pool.
So after only ever taking (maybe) one week off in a summer in the past, how is it possible that I could take almost the whole summer off last year – and do the same again this year?
There’s really no magic formula. I “simply” created a business to grant me the freedom and flexibility I desire.
I worked on my coaching business as a “side hustle” in a very focused and consistent manner for the first 5 years. (I just celebrated its sixth anniversary! Woo hooo!)
I went into my business with the idea that it would – someday, in the long run (the long run, mind you!) – give me the freedom and flexibility I desired.
All through those first 5 years I made decisions about my business based on that desire. I even turned down opportunities that seemed to conflict with that priority.
I call it “planting purposeful seeds,” and this line from the poet Robert Bly really captures the idea:
The albatross that lands on the mast began flying a thousand years ago.
In other words, the harvest you’re reaping now comes from seeds you planted long before — and you can rest assured that the seeds you plant and nurture now will bear fruit sometime in the future.
The problem most people encounter when they plant their seeds is that they are not deliberate about what they want to grow. And then they become impatient and frustrated when they don’t see the fruit bursting off the vine within moments of planting.
They sow the wrong seeds. Or they don’t sow the seeds they do want with deliberate intention. Or they don’t tend their seeds thoughtfully over the (usually) significant time it takes for the plant to bear fruit.
Why not? I’m not entirely sure.
I believe before we’re born, when we’re pure positive energy, we have no doubt that manifesting in a physical form will be amazing.
And yet when we arrive in our physical forms, we often forget that we’re really good at this manifesting thing. And above all we forget that the journey from desire to accomplishment is supposed to be fun.
To be honest, I’ve sometimes forgotten that the journey is supposed to be full of joy. And yet, as great as it is to enjoy the “fruits of my labor” now, I can look back and honestly say that I’ve enjoyed every step on the entrepreneurial path.
Even when challenges popped up (and plenty have!), I saw them as opportunities to discover what I really wanted and to become my best self.
It is amazing to see the vision I had for myself six years ago has become a reality – but the BEST part is acknowledging the person I’ve become along the way.
And you can do the same. Because all we need is a BIG vision to pull us forward as we become our best selves.
Without that vision there’s a good chance we’ll just stay where we are – kind of stuck and small, right?
But with that BIG vision, you don’t need circumstances to be pleasing, or for others to make things easier for you, praise you, or even acknowledge you. It’s wonderful to get those things – but not at all necessary.
You just have to remember that you already have everything you need for a great journey, and it’s all inside you.
By the fact of our existence we are worthy of love and all good things. We already are love and all good things.
Even the challenges we face on the road to what we want are there to reveal better things than we ever imagined.
We will get where we’re going, that place we set out to reach before we were even born. We just need to plant those seeds, tend them mindfully, and take joy in the journey.
Before I close, I want to return to Robert Bly’s image of the albatross, because albatross are symbols of effortlessness.
This is from Wikipedia:
Albatrosses are amongst the largest of flying birds, and the great albatrosses (genus Diomedea) have the largest wingspans of any extant birds…They are highly efficient in the air, using dynamic soaring and slope soaring to cover great distances with little exertion.
The Universe really does rearrange things in perfect order to bring you what you want – when you have a clear vision based on your true desires and take consistent action.
Do you want “covering great distances with little exertion” to be what your life is all about? Fortunately, with the proper mindset and focused effort, it can be.
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