Preparing to Take the Leap

In my last post, I asked what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail. Merely answering that question can take courage. But once you answer it, what happens next? What’s your personal El Camino, and can the dream become a reality? What do you need to do to make it one?

Big dreams take time, work and support, and in the end, they’re worth every second of it and every risk taken.

When I planned to walk the El Camino, both now and last year, I had to ask myself how it was going to affect my life and the people in it. What do I need to do to support my loved ones while making this transition and during my absence? What steps do I take to ensure my business still thrives while I’m gone? And what can’t I prepare for?

The most important part of the entire process for me, and I believe for everyone, is a support system. First and foremost, we have to support ourselves. Doing so opens doors for others to offer their support. As much as we would like to, we can’t do this alone. The people in our lives, without exception, will be the backbone of everything we do and achieve. We have to reach out, offer support and accept it in return.

Imagine being surrounded by a rich and loving community of unconditionally supportive people. Quality over quantity. What does that community look like to you, and what can you accomplish with its support? Now, how can you create that community for yourself? Where in your life are you potentially inhibiting the gift of support? We create our entire experience; we have the power to change it at any time, it’s never too late.

An important place to start is by looking at belief systems. Do you believe you can and deserve to be supported? Do you believe you deserve to chase your dream, and are capable of it? I was born into a family in which no man lived to be over 45. Everyone died of a heart attack. So I lived my early life in the belief that I was tied into that fate. I didn’t truly live. Once I hit 46, I realized how much I had limited myself. It was time to arrive to my life and stop living like I thought I would die. I began to slowly change my beliefs into beliefs that supported me, and it led me here, at 75, married to the love of my life, going back to walk the El Camino de Santiago again.

So, for the next few weeks, I will be walking to prepare for this 22 day El Camino journey, and I challenge you to spend the next four weeks committing to and preparing for a goal that’s important to you. I’ll share my own progress, doubts, triumphs and experiences as I prepare and make the walk, and I ask that you all share yours, too. We are all in community, facing our own personal El Caminos.

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