Be Careful What You Wish For

Be careful what you wish for.  You have probably heard that expression many times and taken it as a warning of impending threats.  What if you considered this saying to be an invitation to create a world of possibilities?  Really – be careful what you wish for.  Take care, be thoughtful.  Set intentions.

Many years ago I saw leadership expert, Robin Sharma, speak.  I was dumbfounded and inspired.  He was speaking my words, my values, my philosophies.  I leaned over to my mother who was sitting beside me and said “Someday I’m going to work with him.  Actually, I think we’re going to be friends.”

I kept watching him over the years – read his books, saw him speak a couple of times and by telling everyone I knew that I was going to someday work with him, discovered that we shared a mutual friend.  At a coaching conference he was speaking at, I sat front and center and introduced myself at the first break.  I really leapt into my fears and asked him to have lunch with me.  Much to my delight, he accepted.

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”                A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

This is where the story takes a bit of a sad turn.  You see, Robin is a very busy man, so when I finally got through to his assistant, he was in the middle of writing his latest book (The Greatness Guide – a great read) and couldn’t meet with me.  After some initial disappointment, I decided not to take it personally and realized that he was walking his talk about focusing on top priorities and saying no to non-essential things.  This was a great lesson for me.

The lessons didn’t stop there.  I had experienced a powerful intuition that I would someday work with Robin.  I shared my intention with other people and consistently challenged myself to step into my fears to try to make it happen.  I gave it 100% of what I had to give.  Finally, when the situation didn’t turn out exactly as I had imagined, I was not attached to that particular outcome and decided to surrender to the process and let it go.  

Two months later, I got an email from a former client of mine.  She was writing to say that she had been asked to put together a team of coaches to lead Robin’s world-class coaching program and that she wanted me and my team coaches to take on the challenge. I met with Robin and his team many times and North Star Coaching became the official coaching provider for their world-class coaching program.  What a perfect reminder to set clear intentions, do the work to achieve them, and then let go of any attachment to how they manifest.  Be careful what you wish for, because it will likely come true!