Earlier this week, I was having a conversation with a wise and respected friend who’s participated in some of my workshops. “Can I ask you something about Six Minutes Daily?” he said. “Of course,” I replied. He looked at me directly, “why are you doing this? You ask all of us developing entrepreneurs to answer that question, yet I haven’t heard your answer. How committed to this work are you, because it seems to me that it will take immense focus and really leaning in to make it go?”
Gulp. That reflective mirror can be both wonderful and painful. So here’s why I’m writing these blogs and working on this mobile app and the components around it. It feels like I’ve woken up five minutes behind for decades, always running to catch up and never getting there no matter what I accomplished or achieved. And, I’ve lived through the impact that mindset has had on relationships, health and my overall world. What I’ve realized is that we are only enough when we feel enough inside, which can mean doing the internal work of acceptance, forgiveness and compassion first for ourselves and then for others around us.
With the daily practice of internally believing in our value, we can wake up with space, consciously understanding that we have choices in how we show up and what we prioritize. Six Minutes Daily is in some way a gift to my most beloved adult children as they learn about navigating the world. I hope it is a reminder to them that success begins inside us, before we ever go outside.
Regarding my commitment to this work, it is impossible to not do what you become called to do, even if there are many bumps, bruises and winding paths along the way. Now my work is to build in that commitment to my schedule as I outline my priorities for 2020. May we all take the time in the quiet darkness of late Fall to think through and commit to what we want to blossom in our lives in 2020 and then get out our calendars and build in the time, structure, discipline and flow to allow those goals to become real.