I travel constantly and pride myself on my ability to connect with people. This is part of my life’s work and passion—teaching people how to make healthy and productive connections.
And, I had no idea how disconnected I could be from myself until last week, when I attended one of the most amazing events of my life—the Summit Series Basecamp in Lake Tahoe.
I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut, in the best, possible way.
I flew across the country to attend this event where I knew no one. The people there were dynamic and engaged and were turning their passion into good in the world.
If you know me, you know I love connecting, I am pretty open and I’m pretty committed to constant learning. There was something humbling and edgy about the Summit Series. There was a new intensity of connection and vulnerability, and I started to open up and experience profound internal shifts.
I started to notice that when I thought too much or too strategically, I showed up in the wrong place. But when I came from my heart, I showed up in the right place. The more I connected inward with myself, the more I was able to connect outward in a deep and genuine way.
Something awakened inside me at the Summit Series. I can best describe it as an intersection of inner knowing, clarity to express passion, and a little bit of, “Well, if not now, when?” This is what I try to get my clients to do every day, and here I was re-learning it for myself!
Sunday evening, as the Summit Series was concluding, a new friend, Adam Tichauer, the CEO of Playbutton, asked me what would be different as a result of our time there. This was a great question, and I really thought about it. For me, I know that I will not be afraid to be even more vulnerable, to open myself up more to life, to people, to problems, and questions. I will try to connect even more. And I want to be present in and passionate about my life.
Everyone can awaken to a better, more meaningful life. I want to share with you three of my takeaways from the Summit Series that everyone can use to live more fully, presently, and passionately:
1. Get out of your head. Try listening to your heart more, or your gut, or your spirit. Don’t overthink things. Sometimes, you should just follow your heart.
2. Get out of your safety zone. You don’t have to completely move over to terror’s edge, but if you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you will never grow, learn, or experience new things. Just try it. Put yourself out there. What’s the worst that could happen? For a great diagram of your comfort zone, look at this chart from my website: bit.ly/AEIO60
3. Be present. Turn off your gadgets and pay attention to the people and the world around you. Be present in your life. It’s the only one you get.
And sometimes, we need to re-learn these, even the so called “experts… “