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Once Upon a Time - The Princess, the Queen and She (Part I)
By Reggie Odom
Once upon a time, on the morning of the last day of the 3-day, Personal Growth - Brand Authenticity workshop, SHE was one among many to come in the early morning to sit at the feet of the Princess of Brand Authenticity (also a guru in the mind of her subjects), before the official program began. She had come early because the brand she took on yesterday with enthusiasm, but without wholeheartedness, was not "IT".
While SHE didn't know what "IT" was, she did know a lot about what a brand was. She knew that it was more than a logo, or a tag line. She knew that her brand was really about her soul's purpose, expressed through her business. She knew that it was about the business of the heart and being fully alive. And she knew that is was about authenticity, which had been an aspect of her mission as she knew it since the mid-90's.
It was 8:15 when SHE arrived; the official start was 9:00. Someone was already working with the Princess and there were plenty more in waiting. Her roommate, Linda was next to have a go with the guru and experienced her POP, meaning she got "IT". She connected with her brand and all that meant. She watched Linda settle into alignment. By the way, Linda's brand wasn't the one she had just spent a few thousand dollars creating on her web site and promo materials. But getting "IT" was more important than the money she had just spent.
Someone else immediately jumped in without a pause while HER hand was just lifting from her lap. SHE looked at her watch from the edge of her seat. The issue for her was that she usually paused in between things, wanting to have the right ideas and words prepared, fearing what others would think if she didn't have it all together. At that moment, she had a flashback to a time when she had just jumped in - her enthusiasm was so on fire that she flung her hand in the air without forethought. She was called on by the prominent speaker, but her mind went blank and the words froze in her throat. She was silent, not to mention she felt totally humiliated.
That experience created an interesting alchemy, for the worst. She made the decision in this first year of her life as a professional that she would never put herself in a situation to be humiliated again. While she had been respected and done some really good things in her professional life, that decision was a major ingredient in a formula that had kept her playing small. "Okay, I'm about transformation," she thought. "That was then, and this is now. Time to let this one go."
Besides that, time was running short. It was the last day and she was spending a lot of money to be here. But at this moment, money, which had been one of the core dramas in her life, was not the issue. The issue for her was both her "voice" and her core raison d'etre - no small things.
With five minutes left, she took a deep breath and jumped in, raising her hand boldly. "Yesterday," she said to the Princess Guru, "I said my brand was Being Brilliant, which is a great brand. But that's not 'IT'."
"I know," said the Princess Guru, looking at her with great love.
See the outcome in Part II next week. . .
Questions for You:
1. What are the decisions and other ingredients of a formula that has kept you playing small?
2. What is the "IT" in your life that simply hasn't fallen into place, and is calling you to do something different?
And remember: You are great! It's who you naturally are! Step into your greatness now, where playing small is no longer an option!