Today I got to share the biggest media spot I’ve ever gotten, and I'm on Cloud 9. (Cloud Bajillion, actually.)
Of course it’s exciting to be able to use the Forbes article, "Here's The Simple Method Top Experts Use to Land High-Paying Clients", as an incredible piece of content that features my expertise as a Brand and Business Crystallizer. I mean, come on. It’s Forbes! For me, that’s a huge deal, and I wanted to let my communities know about it. Talk about having a juicy credibility builder! But what’s even more important is the hope that I will inspire others to shine their lights as brightly as possible.
Before I started blanketing my digital footprint with the delicious URL, I took a moment to sit in gratitude for the opportunities that led me to this moment in my life. Over the last dozen or so years I’ve been working my tail off as a speaker, author, coach, community leader, and all around great gal trying to make the impact my heart told me I could make.
However, much of those years were filled with brand confusion, dashed hopes, and a bankruptcy and divorce thrown in for good measure too. But there were also generous people who helped see me through the dark years, waking me up to my own Brilliance. I have been inspired by so many on my path to Crystallization, and today I wanted to give back to others in the hope that I may light someone else up who may be struggling just like I was. (And still do. Don't we all sometimes?)
I made a post in a private group of professional women speakers sharing my good news, but I also took the time to clarify how I got there. I laid out the events as they unfolded. I gave them specific strategies on how they could better leverage their expertise. And I left them with a good ol' fashioned blast of motivational mojo that told them that they too can have magic unfold in their businesses when they are crystal clear. (I call these "Inspo-posts")
I immediately got inundated with positive comments and private messages from friends, colleagues, and strangers.
“Thank you for being a guiding light and inspiration to me!”
“Brava! Thanks for sharing the teachable moment nuggets and letting us celebrate that win with you!”
“Woo hoo! Congrats! You are such a giver - thanks for sharing your strategy…your recognition is well deserved!”
One woman sent me a private message that went deep into my heart.
“I absolutely loved the piece you shared today. Thank you for passing along the great teachable moment. I’m a brand new member and I truly hope our paths cross one day…my dad just died and I’ve spent the last couple weeks getting his house ready for sale. I’m so exhausted. I don’t have any brilliance left in the tank. I saw your post just as I’m about to shower and drive 5 days back to my own home. Your post was like a beacon…I thought, ‘I can’t wait to get back to my dreams. Soon.’ Your post was the extra oomph I needed after a long, heart-wrenching month. You never know how or when you’ll impact someone.”
As I wiped the tears from my eyes, I remembered my own sacred journey when my mom died many years ago. I reflected on how tender that time was and how hard it is to take those tentative steps back to “real life”. I was so very grateful I got the nudge to write my heartfelt, inspiring, strategically relevant post for my Sisters on the Platform. I want to be there for them just like they are there for me. And who knows? Maybe some of them will grow their businesses as a result of what they learned. Maybe even one or two will be so moved as to hire me as their own Brand and Business Crystallizer.
You never know how or when you’ll impact someone.
You can take it to the bank.