It begins with being very clear about exactly what it is you want. Create a list of what you’d like to have in your life.
You may want publicity, higher income, higher profile, becoming known internationally, getting a publisher, an editor, a web designer, a mentor, a mastermind group, more travel, better technology, a logo.
It all starts with a wish list. Make a long one and revise it on a monthly basis. If you take this process seriously, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll fulfill your wishes. When you do create your wish list, think big.
What’s on your wish list?
Here’s how I started claiming my power – on a very small scale initially! Ten years ago, I went to Nova Scotia to make a career change from teaching to speaking and writing. I was completely unknown, finding a new direction, breaking into a new field and rapidly running out of money.
That’s a great formula for stress. I buried all my bills deep in my filing cabinet but I swear I could smell them smoldering away!
Well, clearly I’m the kind of person who loves a challenge because although I was sweating about the possibility of total abject failure, I was also really having fun exploring new ideas and options.
Steven Covey was holding a day long seminar that I really wanted to attend – but I just didn’t have the funds… This was not a new situation for me. In fact, this was repeated over and over again. I had to say no too many things I wanted to do but I just didn’t have the funds. So I kept saying ‘No’ until I decided not to say No to things I wanted ever again. Ever.
Instead I would say No to such limited thinking on my part. A big NO!! This was the moment I said ENOUGH! I will not live like this any longer. And that was the moment my life changed. I swear with that loud resounding NO, the entire universe rearranged itself. The events that followed certainly made it seem like that.
So, with a new mindset, I phoned the Stephen Covey organizer and said “I’d like a press pass for this event. I’d be happy to write a review for the local paper. And I know some people. I can help you publicize this event.”
Never mind that the local paper had a very small distribution, I not only attended the event, I got to meet and interview Steven Covey afterwards. Not everyone’s a writer but anyone can write an article for the local newspaper.
And I’m not suggesting you need to come from a place of frustration as I did before you begin to wield your influence. In fact, you’ll be more effective when you come from a place of strength.
Check out an event you’d like to attend. How about a weekend long retreat in Hawaii led by someone who inspires you to new heights? Someone who can help you build your business? Whatever it is that appeals to you. Or wherever. You CAN pay for it of course, but you may decide you’d rather use those funds for something else.
Tally up exactly what it is that you have to offer. When you create a list, you’ll see that you have more than you think. Part of that list is to map out the sphere of influence you already have. How many people do you know? How can you reach them? Do you have an online newsletter or are you a member of different groups?
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