Sometimes I don't write for a while because something is brewing inside of me and looking for a way to grab my attention. That's the case this month.
I've grappled with the subject of skeptics my whole life and it suddenly dawned on me, I'm not the only one.
If you've read my blogs, you know there was one where I told you the story of doing a cartwheel. I desparately wanted to be a cheerleader, I was still in grade school and it was a big deal. To be on the squad, though, you had to do a cartwheel, minimum requirement.
The gist of that story was the remembered taunting of the other kids, the shouts of 'kelly belly' on the schoolyard, as I tried and fell, tried and fell. And the ultimate victory that persistence brings, doing a cartwheel and making it on the team.
I had alot of skeptics back then, even my parents tried to dissuade me, perhaps thinking an overweight kid is just going to embarass herself.
Here's the thing: the skepticism never eased up. In fact, it got more intense as I grew up. The numbers are in the hundreds and now thousands of people I would encounter who would ask me something about myself and I would answer and receive a barrage of naysaying, doubting, challenging, sometimes angry, skeptical retorts. Even close friends, family.
We've heard about this before, right? Michael Jordan not making it on his high school's basketball team, most famous example. Somehow those stories seem far removed from my little coffee shop, and my morning cuppa joe and that one person who seems interested and curious, and then wham, before your caffeine has kicked in, your told five ways your story/dream/idea/purpose doesn't work.
Does dreaming a really big dream scare that many people?
I'm dreaming a really big dream right now. I'm in California, and I'm going back to school for a Ph.D. Here's the big hairy audacious goal: how can we shift our corporate/business models so their focus is on human growth and development and secondarily on commerce?
I have an idea how to do that. (And a ton of people who are skeptical!)
Even so, I have an idea.....and I'm going for it.
I wrote this for my current and future clients. Here's the takeaway: Skeptics are there to hone our choices, to make us better, to shape and mold our ideas. Thank them, honor them, stay the course, tweak it, and carry on!