Sweat equity in sweet success

There’s no chocolate in my home. I don’t keep chocolate here anymore. If I truly crave it and I can’t stop thinking about it for a full day (yes, I wait that long) and my focus is suffering as a result (this does happen), then I have to walk to the local store for it.

This summer, I’m upping the ante by cycling down the big hill from my place and taking the long way around to a store only a kilometre away as the crow flies. That takes a rather significant degree of commitment because it means donning my riding gear, not to mention thrashing the big climb on the final home stretch.

Why bother with the effort?

Because. Chocolate. Is. Worth. It.
And because it’s a metaphor for the tantalizing, decadent vision our souls long to savour once achieved.

Something to be cherished is worth the effort in earning it, building it, creating it, risking failure for it, cultivating it, dreaming it, and dropping less worthy pursuits to reach it.

What is worthy in your life that’s worth the effort?

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You, the masterpiece

I know who you are. You’re an artist, architect, and inventor. You already have everything you need to create the kind of impact you want to have.

Where you are at this moment – whether it’s your first iota of growing awareness or the one-millionth step of your journey – is already a masterpiece not because it’s flawless or complete, but because it’s your truth and your compelling purpose coming alive.

And you dared to start it in the first place.

What compels you onward?

Commitment is an act of defiance

In his book, “Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, Patrick Lencioni describes commitment as “the ability to defy a lack of consensus”. While Lencioni was alluding to executive team-building, I’ll take a small liberty by phrasing it this way:

Commitment is the courage to defy a lack of inner consensus.

When there is no consensus within ourselves – when doubt, excuses, a need to seek permission, and fear threaten to shut down your vision – acknowledge the discord, then defy it.

Sometimes even a single feather’s enough to fly.” ~ Robert Maclean (Nass River).

What does your heart hunger for? What inner wisdom can no longer be silenced?