I hope you had an awesome festive season, have some exciting plans for 2020 and thoughts as to the dreams you can achieve.
Maybe your dream is something to do with work, maybe it’s to do with study or something like running a marathon or climbing a mountain… Whatever it may, be don’t underestimate the awesomeness that can be experienced through sharing thoughts, sharing a smile, connecting… with anyone – the petrol attendant, a family member, the person you walk by in the street. Look to share that moment with as much awesomeness as you can.
Awesomeness like a positive comment, a thoughtful question, something beautifully unexpected, above and beyond the day-to-day. People can be scared, sceptical of sharing with anyone, especially an unknown. But I’ve made a lifestyle career from it and have experienced that when we speak and listen we bend perceptions and eliminate assumptions.
In 2018 I shared a coffee with Mike Allsop. This moment resulted in some pretty awesome conversations and ultimately a question that would change the direction of my life… “Cam have you thought about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro?”. Long story short… I hadn’t but seven months later we were both standing on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro with 20 other awesome people having climbed the 19,000 feet to the top.
On that climb, with people all of whom have accomplishments I admire greatly, I asked what had got them to their success and they all responded with “at the point of getting comfortable we challenged ourselves further".
On my way down Mt. Kilimanjaro I thought to myself that I could either get uncomfortable with what I do in an environment that I’m comfortable with and then have to manage expectations – I’ve done that before and it works well. Or, I could take what I’m comfortable with into an environment that I’m uncomfortable with, exceed expectations and achieve a career dream.
So for me, 2020 is the year of getting uncomfortable...watch this space!
But what does 2020 hold for you and have you written it down, looked at it and simulated what it may feel like to achieve those things? I remember a mentor of mine asking me to do this exact thing, write down my goals in 2009. Once they were written down I didn't look at it every day. In fact I misplaced the piece of paper. But five years later I found it and had ticked off everything I’d set out to do, even the things that I felt really challenged to write down... things like represent my country in sport, become a full-time speaker. The things we tell ourselves do have impact. In fact they can even override what others expect and when we put those thoughts into words and look at them they become tattooed into our soul, creating purpose, accomplishment and then awesomeness.
Cheers to the New Year!