Sunday 10 May 2009
As I write this I’m on a plane to Atlanta – part one of my two-stage journey to Maui. I’ll be there for a week and of course, I’m looking forward to it!
Periodically over the past 4 months I’ve popped up from time to time to update, and this is one of those times. In another four months time I should be back in a position where I can blog two or three times a week again and I’m really looking forward to that.
Right now there’s so many changes going on that it really is hard to know where to start; but a good place to start is by sharing that I’m so glad you’re here and reading this because all of these changes are about the work I am doing for you : )
At the tail end of last year I signed up for a very high-end coaching program. Some of you know this, others may not. While the price tag is high and the group is extraordinary (there are 11 of us, and I am the only European) it has been the act of stepping up that has been the most tangible stretch of all, and it’s this I want to start with today because I feel that many of my readers are ready for a big juicy stretch but you might not know what this “should” look like or how to move into it – especially when the world around you is not quite up for the same growth as you.
But before I go there, let me explain why I’m so passionate about this stretching business, because for sure, sometimes it hurts. Sometimes you pull a heart, head or spiritual muscle and when it doesn’t snap back into its old place it can be very disorienting to say the least. The past five months have been constant in this regard for me. I have changed so much it’s almost inhuman!
So why do it?
Well, you likely know my feelings about the raw food journey. I see it as one of the most potent catalysts for growth, change and evolution of any “tool” on the planet. It takes brave souls to go raw and even braver ones to commit to the journey and stick with it as an ongoing lifestyle choice, especially when CANEG (constant and never ending growth) is the general state of being for anyone who cleans up their diet to the point where they’re 80%+ raw or more (clean raw – not raw snack bars!) for most days of their life.
Common wisdom tells us “If you’re not growing you’re dying”. I agree. It may be a mini death happening very slowly day by day, but it’s a dying of all those great things that were so abundant in us as children – passion, excitement, vision, fearlessness, openness, innocence, zest for life and so much more. I see it all the time in people I meet and despite my overriding belief of each person having their own unique path, it still breaks my heart to see people killing their mind, body, heart or soul with lifestyle choices that push them further into fear and/or mini-death.
Absolutely, growing all the time is a commitment and a challenge. Every day as a raw fooder and a business owner and a mother I have challenges. Thankfully for me they are generally low drama – I consciously intend for my life to be this way because there is so much else I want and need to do and drama has no place in my life because it takes away from all that is good. I choose peace... and 99.9% of the time that’s what I get.
But it’s so worth it because instead of the mini deaths when you step into raw and the CANEG approach to life, life expands. All the things you wished for yourself as a child – rather than becoming unrealised dreams, they get to become real. Why else would we elect to “grow up” if it wasn’t to have the power to make our childhood dreams come true? Good question, right?!
So, I’m on this plane and I’m heading off to the third retreat with my “Diamond” colleagues. It’s been a real eye opener for me in so many ways, being in the presence of people who feel the fear and do it anyway. And while I’ve been living this way for over a decade, being among these ladies (and one gent) is incredibly heartening and has inspired me to play an even bigger game than any childhood vision could have conceived.
And stretching doesn’t have to mean doing things you don’t want to do necessarily. In fact, I don’t generally recommend that. I would simply love you to first of all believe in your dream and then second of all find the courage and commitment within yourself to go after it. This is where most people stop before they even start.
On the plane I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s book “Tribes” – in it he encourages us all to become leaders – positive causes for change, whether we show up visibly or simply make things happen behind the scenes. He argues that there is no more place in the hearts of humans for the factory mentality (being told what to do and when without having to take any responsibility or take any kind of initiative) and to step up and be a stand for doing things differently. I agree with Seth and I also agree when he shares that as much as we all have the opportunity to make great things happen, very few do because they are scared. Scared of criticism, failure – you name it.
This has been my experience when training people in business – while many have created awesome web sites and products and services, some have not got that far and those who have are then scared of actually doing the wok with clients and of not being good enough.
It’s a crying shame because really we are our biggest critics. If we can get beyond ourselves then magic can and does happen. Sadly for me this is the one piece I can teach but is not quite so easy for many to implement, and one of the bits I can’t do for them.
I believe we owe it to ourselves and each other to stretch and show up. Our planet needs leaders and activists of all shapes and sizes. Many of you have heard my story of how I went from very “normal” beginnings to doing what I do today. It was not actually a dream I held for myself in the early days, but I was so passionate and committed to the raw cause that I grew as much as I had to in order to keep the raw torch burning in the UK when the flame was about to die.
That was back in 1998 and now eleven years later I am a very different person – pretty much everything about me is different in fact – but the good news is that the older I get the younger I look and feel, and I believe that is the side effect of the raw diet combined with having the spirit and passion for life as a child. For me that is my perfect way of showing up in the world and if you like the sound of it yourself, then I encourage you to try it!
So, back to my trip... I’ll be landing in a few short hours and then onto the final leg to Maui. Once I get there I’ll have been on the move for 24 hours, but lucky for me I’m staying at one of the most opulent locations imaginable. Once there you can bet I’ll be sleeping first and then enjoying the paradisiacal surroundings that I have wanted to experience for eight years or more. It’s been a long time coming, but honestly, if you keep your eye on what you want and keep walking, sooner or later you’ll get there, and likely it will be in a much more magical way than you would ever have imagined.
Over the next few days I’ll be working with my Diamond Mastermind group to create a vision for the next stage of TheRawFoodCoach.com. With every passing day the vision gets bigger and brighter – I’m seeing and imagining things that I had no hint about even as recently as two or three months ago, but when I say “Yes” to this group said “Yes” to me, my growth and most importantly to serving in a much MUCH bigger way.
And I couldn’t have done this any earlier.
People often think that anyone out there making things happen is special in some way. I don’t personally buy that. There was no silver spoon placed in my mouth at birth, no opportunities given to me that I didn’t earn and no-one in my corner telling me that I could be, do or have whatever I wanted (far from it!). I also, in spite of being intelligent and enjoying school, never saw myself as being someone who would even get a job I really liked, let alone would be appearing on a world stage in some capacity.
I share this with you because if this is one of those beliefs you’ve been carrying – that you have to be “someone” - then I’m here to tell you that that’s rubbish! (You’re already “someone”). We are all equal and all special, in our own unique ways we can all make a difference and a positive one at that. Seth encourages us to all entertain the possibility of being a leader, and I want to inspire that in you too. Whether it’s taking more charge in your own life or impacting millions through your work, ideas or simply being who you are (which, yes, is enough!) – it really is down to you to say “yes” to leadership and only then will life transcend the mundane and start showing up as it was meant to – alive, rich and magical... because you stepped into YOU, and specifically serving.
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." -Albert Schweitzer
So what’s going on for me?
I shared a few weeks ago about the powerful realisation around money and my father. Thanks so much to those of you who made a comment about it and shared how it helped you. The update on all of that is really quite miraculous; dad and I are closer than we’ve ever been and all it took was a few heartfelt words, a few tears of regret and frustration and a joint vision for something wonderful. As familiar as I am with magical living, the energy around this situation prior to the healing felt so heavy, stale and clogged up that I really thought it might be a long hard slog, but it’s been effortless. The breakthrough happened in March and March turned out to be my highest income month ever – not a coincidence.
Since the end of March I’ve been running the “Raw Magic and Mastery” program. It really is my best raw-related program EVER and I have been in awe and admiration for the courage of the participants and how willing they are to step up in their world, take full responsibility and have huge and wonderful breakthroughs. For those of you who have been wondering if the program will run again this year, the answer is “yes” but I’m not entirely sure when just yet.
On the raw business side of things, it’s become very apparent to me that there’s a whole new area of assisting raw businesses that I hadn’t discovered until recently. As some of you know, I’ve been helping people create raw businesses of their own for over two years now and this year I’m helping more than ever through my various different programs, but in doing so I’ve realised a whole new level I could be taking things to – all will be revealed in due course!
My big event in August is coming together nicely now that I’ve just found the perfect venue (I think). I can’t do much about it while I’m away in Maui BUT it has given me sufficient confidence to go ahead and start writing the information up for it so you all know what’s happening!
There’s so much more I could write, but I need to sleep... this trip will take about a day all told and I’ve had 4 hours sleep before I flew. Not enough, but hopefully I can get a few hours on the plane.
I’ll be back once I’ve arrived...