Last night at a party, someone asked me about the mastermind I am a part of this year. She gasped when I told her the cost for a year of coaching and masterminding. “Wasn’t that terrifying?” she asked.
“The scariest thing for me,” I told her, “was that I knew I’d have to go a whole year without pulling any of my old tricks. I wouldn’t get to spend July in fetal position, whining about how tired I am.” She burst out laughing.
I did, too. But my laughter was more about how happy I’ve become because of one single moment…
The moment I made that decision to make the investment.
No one helped me make the decision. No one weighed Pro’s and Con’s with me. No one asked me if it was practical.
I simply decided that I was ready for a higher level of ME.
It may be one of the biggest lessons of my life. I am clearer because of it. I am wealthier because of it. And I’ve also come to realize that I’m my ideal client! 🙂
That’s because I know how to DECIDE.
Last week, as I did strategy sessions with the applicants for my Uplevel Your Business Program, I spoke with people who are in different stages of business and readiness. (As I write this, there are only two spaces left in the program. It begins on Wednesday.)
Now, I happen to be so excited about this program I could shriek. I know how great it’s going to be. But I didn’t push anyone. Some people came to their calls wanting me to convince them, wanting me to make their decision for them.
I didn’t do that. Here’s why:
Decision is a lot about loss. It’s about being strong enough in your choice to allow a loss of other options. (The word “Decision” comes from the Latin ‘decisio,’ which means “to cut off.”)
When I decided to invest in a year-long coaching and mastermind program, I “cut off” the option of spending weeks or months in any old destructive emotional patterns. I “cut off” the option of doing other things with that money. I “cut off” the option of isolating myself.
Many (many!) people don’t want to make decisions because they don’t want to lose anything, or any options – even old bad habits, excuses, negative self-talk, draining friends, or illusions of grandeur and rescue.
When someone can’t make a decision, they’re often afraid to let go. In subtle ways, they might be getting served by being stuck in one place. After all, it might not be happy. But it’s definitely comfortable, and it keeps them safe!
My own definition for DECISION is “Intention with Legs.” When you are presented with a decision, it’s like the Universe suddenly asks you: “Just how serious are you about this intention of yours?”
In fact, in the seven weeks of my Uplevel Your Life Mastery Program, the first few weeks are the foundation. They’re challenging – but it’s possible to get used to the Levels of Intention, Elimination and Attention.
However, once you reach the level of DECISION, the game changes. This is when you move out of discomfort and into plain old hard-core fear. There’s a good reason for this:
Because you know exactly how powerful your own decisions are.
Once you DECIDE, you realize that there is never going to be any outside person, entity, institute, or association to give you permission. Nor will you need it.
Once you DECIDE, you know it’s up to you to make things happen.
Once you DECIDE, there is absolutely no stopping you.
What decision have you been putting off?
Are you willing to make it right now?