“Your life is not over. We’re just getting started”
“The stuff that dreams are made of…” That’s Carly Simon! Don’t leave just yet, but instead take a listen to her song at the end of the post.
Personally, my dream started in brokenness. Things had been progressing pretty well. I had a wonderful wife, a nice house, and three kids that brought me joy and abundance. But then suddenly and expectantly, I was out of work. It only ended up lasting a few months but I had found so much self-identity, self-esteem, and self-concept in my work that it quickly brought me to ground zero.
The low point was looking through the Seattle Times Classifieds and interviewing over the phone for a sales position. I was being interviewed by the sales director who was probably a few years my junior, who had low EQ, and who had poor interviewing skills for a position that was definitely below my pay grade.
This part of the story I am not proud of. I hung up on him midsentence. I felt degraded, devalued, and humiliated. It wasn’t his fault but my own. I was in a free-fall of identity and purpose. Just hours prior to the interview, I had parked my car in an empty parking lot to despair and to weep for a couple hours. Looking back, I don’t know if I was clinically depressed, but it felt that way. I would try desperately to pull to the surface only to slide back down.
On a walk with my new golden retriever puppy, Rosie, I heard the whisper. The Creator Himself said to me “Your life is not over. We are just getting started!” I have referenced this before, but I still get chills when I think about it. I am so grateful for that voice and for that nudge when God reminded me that my job did not determine who I am, reminded me that I am not a failure, and that I am not a “no count.”
It was there in the back trails of our neighborhood that I birthed the dream for Steve Gutzler and Leadership Quest.
The growth chart of my company has not been strictly up and to the right. Instead it has been ebb and flow. But I now walk with confidence and smile. I so desperately want people to feel the possibility of purpose. To feel the exhilaration of the pursuit of that one big thing.
I would like to offer three points from Carly Simon’s lyrics and invite you in the next weeks to draw close and lean in…
- It is your Heart and Soul’s Desire:
Can you slow enough to listen to your heart beat? To listen to your soul’s desire? To your dream?
- Don’t look at yourself in the same old way. Take a new picture:
Oh if I could help you take a new picture of yourself and your dream. I want to help you discover a fresh perspective!
- It is the reason we are alive!
It is not hard for me to say I wept in my car for over two hours because I thought my best days were over. But I made a come-back. And it didn’t consume me. Instead it recast me into the man with an extraordinary dream who I am today. “Inspiring people and organizations to greatness.” It is the reason I am alive!
In the next few weeks I hope to provide a pathway to your dreams.
Please, sit back and listen…
Special thanks to Carly Simon.
Here’s to your dreams!
You matter to me,