My son handed me a scroll. When I unrolled it the words “This is a Declaration of Independence” stared back at me.
I had just finished thanking some friends and fellow journeyors for challenging me to step out. The words he shared connected with the idea I was trying to form.
I declare my independence from your rules and expectations.
Don’t get me wrong. I am full-blooded Southerner. I believe in saying “please” and “thank you.” I believe in the importance of etiquette. I believe in being courteous – not because they deserve it but because I deserve it.
This declaration goes out to all of you determined to tell me how to do it – not because you can help but because you have determined the “better” way is the only way.
Last month, I helped organize a writing conference that turned out to be as much retreat as it was a conference. The constant feedback from that conference was that it was unique. I couldn’t have scripted that response better if I had tried. I set out to create something different – something unique in all of the conference world – and that is what happened.
This month, I stepped up into a new path . . . at least new to me. Just like others were doing the conference thing, others are doing this as well. It’s just that I am looking to do something that is unique to me and to my gifts, talents, and abilities. I know my coaching courses and techniques will not be like any others because I am not like any others. That is OKAY! I am worth it to be uniquely me! You are worth it for me to be uniquely me.
I want to say thank you.
Thank you to all of you – you know who you are – who have challenged me to be authentically and unapologetically me. Sometimes I need to hear it in order to live it. I dare you. I dare you all the time to discover your uniqueness and then live it boldly.
I just needed to hear it for myself.
I survived the conference. I event thrived through the experience. It was not always easy because I had “people who knew better” explaining to me how I needed to do things. I listened politely, sometimes even taking their words and implementing them in a unique way, but I continued down the unconventional path.
I will not only survive this new leap of faith, but I will thrive in it. I will thrive because I am eager to help others in the way I am uniquely designed to help. I can – not because I am better or more talented or more educated. I can because I will!
Ae you ready to leap? Do you dare to thrive? Join me now.
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