Marsha explains how a journey to an island can take you much further than you thought
A few months ago, my husband, Donald and I took a group of friends, family and clients on a luxury cruise to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Donald is a travel agent (Haygood Travel) and I am a career/ life coach and motivational speaker (StepWise Associates). We thought it would be a treat to combine our business expertise and have some fun on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas.
The trip had been planned many months before and as the days grew closer to set sail, we fielded many calls about weather, food, clothing and the group coaching sessions that I would conduct during our days at sea. We dubbed the cruise the "Empowerment Journey' and we suggested that our group spend some time reflecting on their life, past and future, as well as all of the wonderful activities this vacation had to offer.
Keep a Dream Journal
Are you happy with your life? Are you pursuing your passions?
What would you be doing differently if you knew you wouldn't fail?
What legacy do you want to leave?
Wow....silence, wide eyes, reflection, smiles and a bit of nervousness all followed. I asked each person to take their dreams out of storage! Bring them back to the forefront. To dream like they did when they were young children. And to tell what they wanted to be when they grew up. Within a short time fun stories began to be told ....basketball player, TV producer, nurse, truck driver, dancer, actress, writer. The list was long and varied. All very creative and limitless.
One by one, the group started sharing stories of what they had hoped to do and planned to accomplish over their lifetime. Excitement grew as they asked each other questions and shared experiences and life lessons.
Take Your Dreams Out Of StorageThis group, many who did not know one another before setting sail, were now encouraging one another, sharing resources and ideas and dreams that had been locked up in storage for a long time, some thoughts that had never been shared before began to emerge. It was like magic, as we each began to feel an unconditional sense of joy.
We all have dreams that we have locked away in "Someday" storage. We sometimes even forget what they are until we are encouraged to go back and revisit them. Taking dreams out of storage takes motivation and courage. We make excuses why they no longer apply or cannot be done......I am too tired, too busy, too old. But is that really true?
Marsha's first empowerment cruise was so successful that the second one is already scheduled for 2014. Dust off those dreams!
By Marsha Haygood, Career & Personal Coach, Motivation Speaker, Author and President of StepWise Associates.
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