Monday, October 19, 2015
What To Do After A Potentially Life Changing Encounter
It is hard to know for sure, but I believe I had a transformational experience. Although it only happened 72 hours ago, my encounter with three big-thinkers challenged me at the core. My year-long quest to change my mindset has yielded little, but since this gathering I am operating at a different level.
Before a trip to New York to speak to a business conference I reached out to an interesting person who I had interviewed on my podcast. She seemed smart, nice and approachable while also being a person who was open to meeting new people. Not only did she agree, she invited two others who she thought would spur conversation.
At the breakfast I had an overwhelming feeling that I was in the presence of three individuals who had the mindset that I have been seeking in my own life. Each were overwhelmingly successful in different areas, and the way they see the world, business, and success was at obviously at a high performance level.
Clearly one of these things was not like the other. While I have achieved some great things in my career it does not compare with the resumes of my fellow breakfast club members. Halfway though the 90 minutes I realized this was no longer a social call, but instead I was seated at the feet of some people who could inspire me at a core level.
Two of the people are high performance business coaches, and one has a group program that is within my budget (the other guy charges $20K for a day of his time). I wanted to hire all of them on the spot, but realized that was not about to happen because of the financial commitment. I also realized that while everyone was so genuinely nice, there were no instant friendships happening that were going to lead them to becoming my personal mentor.
This potentially life changing encounter got to me even before the plates were cleared. My mind was racing and I wanted to save this moment in my brain. I looked at the walls of the room, the table, the faces of those around me, and tried to burn the image into my mind.
After the handshakes in parting, I felt that some amazing ships had just passed in my night. It was 10:00 AM as I exited the restaurant, and there was a sense of being alone in a crowded city. For just over an hour I had a seat at the big kids table, and now I did not know if I could ever return to my own past acceptance of mid-level existence.
The question is "what now"? I have listened to podcasts these people host and episodes of other shows where they have been guests. I read their blogs, and other online IP. I want to move to this next level, but not sure how to take the fresh motivation and change the mindset. Results will come in the ways I think and act.
A piece of advice I tell my own clients is that you have to take action. Just thinking, wishing and hoping is not enough. Study alone cannot cause change. I know that it is easy to fall back into previous patterns, and being stuck in a rut is never the best place to reside.
Has anyone ever had an experience they knew could create a paradigm, and yet did not know what to do next?
Have A Great Day