I also live my mission through my property management business at Ripple on Silver Lake. I find myself doing it in my day to day interactions while I go about living my best life ... like in the grocery store line, with the server at a restaurant, in my conversations with friends and family and with former students, colleagues and contacts I meet along the way.
I work hard. I write a lot. I talk a lot. I inspire a lot. I show up to life with a curiosity about people, human behavior and most of life with a curiosity that never seems to subside. I have lots to be grateful for. However, sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day or money in the bank or help in my day to get all that needs to be handled, handled. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I look for the easy way out.
I imagine the Universe dropping a huge lottery win in my lap or perhaps money will come from a wealthy businessman whom I helped get out of his head, into his heart and into a new heart centered life he loves living. Perhaps he or she will see my vision and fund the projects that I hold dear so I can expand my reach, do what I was born to do and not work so hard taking care of the time consuming and sometimes tedious tasks it takes to keep my property rented, my blog posts written and optimized, my social media fresh, my coaching and training calendar full, and my clients served. And then there is that book that is in my head and wakes me up in the middle of the night, as if to say, "don't forget about me!" that needs to get onto the page.
Ahhhh, the life I have chosen (and love!) as an entrepreneur.
I have tools. I have support. I have passion. I get divine inspiration that I'm on the right path. I am always grateful. And I keep taking the next right step. And the Universe always delivers, although sometimes in the strangest of ways, in the quietest whispers and in the most obscure places.
Awhile back I came across an article about AI. Then a friend mentioned it in passing. The same week I heard something about it on the news during one of my rare "gotta check in with what's going on in the world" moments. I always pay attention when something comes up multiple times within a short period of time. So I paid attention. Yes, I was intrigued by this AI thing, but tech talk tends to take me out of my heart and into my head and into a space that I don't always get. Yes, I dabble in tech to make my day to day life and work easier, but I tend to rely on the young people in my life to get me up to speed with the latest apps for this or that and tell me what I need. Or just let them fix it for me.
But this AI thing kept coming up.
I felt resistance. Truth is, I fast became an AI skeptic. I was focused on the fear of it. What if this? What about that? What about ethics? What about if it gets into the wrong hands? What about the primary literature source? I was trained as a scientist, and that sometimes closes my mind, for sure. So fear won and I forgot about AI. Or rather, I got distracted by the blog post I needed to write or the outline for the new book I need to get out of my head. Whatever. It was not time for me and AI to dance.
In the back of my mind, I remembered the day I fully embraced the power of my new phone and started to actively pursue ways that hand held device could support me.
On December 28th, I woke up with an inspired idea, which led to an inspired phone call, which led to another, which led to a Zoom call with a guy with fundraising experience who might be able to help raise some capital for the pretty cool project that's been in my heart for awhile now. That conversation led to, of all things, a conversation about AI. Whaaat? Seriously? The guy who might be able to help with fundraising turned out to be a tech genius who was captivated by AI. And there I was on Zoom wondering how this related to my project or fundraising. I did my best to stay open, but truth be known, I could feel my resistance. By the end of the call I could feel my fear dispersing just a bit and felt my shell cracking open just a bit. I could see the glimmer of possibilities.
I got off the call and carried on with the next thing on my task list, finish that blog post and put it up on social media.
An hour later, the Universe delivered an AI course to my facebook feed. I started to think, what the heck!. How does Facebook know what I'm thinking? But instead of going down that rabbit hole, I clicked on the ad. It was for a two day deep dive into AI put on by a couple of tech gurus. I shared it with Starr, a colleague, fellow Canfield trainer and dear friend of mine who is always up for learning and growing. She was intrigued. We dove in and took the course together.
I run live events for Jack Canfield, America's number one success coach and the beloved author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Clearly the event crew for this AI training was not as seasoned in event planning and execution as Jack, his team and I are. I almost quit the Zoom link ... but something made me keep the link live while I went about my day.
It started 35 minute late. I was irritated. In just 10 minutes, I forgot all about my irritation and started to see some new possibilities. Throughout the event, Starr and I went wild. As each presenter shared another prompt or another way to use AI as a tool, we texted each more creative ideas, another aha moment and samples of what we had created as we followed along with the activities at the event.
The day after the event, I found myself feeling a glimmer of fear again. I played around with the technology and was blown away, but I could feel the resistance again ...
What about legality, ethics, integrity? How does this compare to using Google as a tool? I'm lucky to be well connected with a wonderful group of colleagues who love supporting each other. I texted a lawyer friend to get his perspective. He shared some resources, told me about his own experience with AI at the legal organization he works with and helped me sort it all out and put it all into perspective.
It's been two weeks since that course. The floodgates are wide opened. Now all I see are exciting possibilities, inspiration, a massive flow of creative ideas, innovative income streams and wonderful ways to leverage technology, save time and serve my mission to help people find their magic and help heal the human heart, lift the human spirit and touch the soul in ways I didn't see a month ago. And it so much FUN!!! My productivity has literally gone through the roof.
To all my teacher, trainer, speaker, coach, author, writer, entrepreneur, or have-a-book-stuck-inside-your-head friends ... the event below is a must not miss! I'm teaming up with some of my favorite Canfield trainers and colleagues for this event and I'm beyond excited! For those of you who know Jack's work, this training promises to deliver even more than the training Starr and I went to. We know how to begin and end on time, make sure we overdeliver value, engage our audience and have fun in the process! And the return on investment in terms of productivity, ideas and resources to support participants in blowing up their productivity and coming up with creative ideas for new ways to streamline routine tasks to make room for new income streams promises to be huge!
If you can't make the weekend, replays will be available so you can jump in at your convenience. Register here: www.impacthpt.com
And if you have any questions feel free to email me here.