shutterstock_5435029I’ve had reason in the past few weeks to ponder the legacy I want to leave in this world.

You see, not long ago, I was struck with an idea that, when it hit me, was something akin to being struck by lightning.

I’m not giving it away right now, but trust me that it is an idea that has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for the better.

And it is a vision that will not go away. It has literally kept me up at night for weeks.

Last Friday, after listening to this idea on repeat in my own head relentlessly, I decided to get on the phone with a high-powered business consultant– the extraordinary Tara Gentile, who I admire beyond words– in order to start hacking out how to manifest this dream into reality.

That phone call was something akin to a mutual exchange of firehoses. (This is what happens when you work with someone who meets you where you are and matches you in intensity, and it’s my favorite way to work.)

And by the end of that call, I had a roadmap to a means of service that incorporates literally everything I’ve ever wanted to do in my life and work– no joke.

And I was also flat-out terrified.

(Like nearly speechless with fear. Those of you who know and work with me know how completely rare that is.)

When I admitted to my terror as we were winding down the call, Tara responded with a game-changer.

She paused, took a breath, and said “Well, that’s how you know you’ve found your mission.”

I was stunned.

I’ve worked with people for years on finding their missions in life– through imposter complexes and fear of failure and what human performance consultants have called “the terror field”– but never in my life had I experienced this degree of “holy sh*t” in my own work.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is not the kind of terror you might have walking down a dark alleyway at 3 a.m., or even the kind of terror that I had when I first launched my business and was afraid of failure and financial ruin.

No, this was something completely different.

This was terror that said:

“Here is your life. THIS is what you can make of it. It can be THIS beautiful, THIS much of service, THIS empowered, THIS perfect. That it is meant for you is beyond question.”

It was terror at the breadth of possibility.

Terror at having the means to produce immense, powerful shifts for people who really need it. Terror at the possibility of filling a desperate need in the communities that I serve.

Terror that said: “it’s time.”

This kind of fear does not stop you.

It does not cause you to curl up in a ball, pull the covers over your head, and hide.

Instead, it is a fear that compels you forward. It is a fear that does not allow you to say no.

It says to you: “Here it is. TAKE IT.”

And as I have set about doing what comes next in propelling this immense endeavor forward, that fear has been sitting high on my shoulder, saying “GO. PAY ATTENTION. KNOW THAT I AM A SIGN YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH.”

And it has taught me a very important lesson:

Your mission in life should scare the pants off you. If it doesn’t, you’re not playing big enough. (tweet this)

Tara’s last words to me on that call were “Go big or go home.”

And she’s right, for me and for all of us.

Now is the moment. Now is the time. Go get the life you want, even when it scares you. It will demand more of you than you ever imagined, and it should.

That which is most valuable is never easy. That’s part of what makes it worth it.

So here’s to being ready for what’s coming next.

Stay tuned.





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