Day 3 – I am going where I can’t see the way home…

Day 3 – I am going where I can’t see the way home… 

That is a very strange title for today. Let me tell you about my journey…
When we get ready to go on any big adventure in life, we pack up the car and drive to the Trailhead at the base of the mountain. We load up with our backpack, best hiking shoes, our walking stick and start out. John Maxwell says, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” And we love uphill climbing. We feel the burn as we begin this journey.
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But, every journey is not ‘all uphill’. Sometimes, there are ‘dips’ in the trail. (See Seth Godin’s book, ‘The Dip’) When we approach the first dip, it is a critical point in our journey. You see, from the top of the first rise, we can see the mountain top; beautiful and majestic. We can also still see the car at the trailhead. That car is our way home. It is our safety net, our escape vehicle, our way out. If we take another step, we lose site of the top of the mountain and we will lose site of the way home. A great dilemma.
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You know what, this might be a great place to step off the trail and set up a base camp. You earned it. You are tired, you walked up hill. You are outdoors, and you can tell everybody you are on the adventure of a life time… you’re just taking a break where it is comfortable; safe. A warm fire, a comfortable sleeping bag and maybe some smores to eat. (We did bring the stuff to make smores – right?)
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So, here I am; safe in my basecamp, safe in my comfort zone. The best of both worlds. I can see my dream and I can see my way home.
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Except, I am running out of supplies. I am at a point where I am no longer comfortable in basecamp. No more wood, food, and that sleeping bag… It’s not that comfortable anymore. I need to go, it’s not safe to be sitting still. I need to move – abandon basecamp. I am going over the hill, I am going where I cannot see the way home. Into the dip…
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Marshall Townsend II

President Marshall Townsend 2nd Leadership

Independent Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team

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Day 2 – I am walking new paths.

Day 2 – I am walking new paths.

The paths we take in life lead us to some wonderful and exciting location. Sometimes you must blaze a path and other times the path is laid out in front of you – complete with hand rails and rubber matting. When I look at the Empowerment Mentoring program, The John Maxwell Team’s Mastermind program, The John Maxwell Team’s Leadership Game, and Paul Martinelli’s workshop on Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich … I see a path that is well built and set in the right direction to success. The image in this picture is of the boardwalk along the Russian River in Alaska. It leads to one of the premier fishing spots in the world. It is am amazing place and the trail was built to maintain the river from the thousands of people that visit it each year. The trail takes you right to where you want to go – sometimes growth is a lot easier when you have a vision of what you want, a path to take you there, a coach to help you stay the course, and a good mentor who shares their experiences with you. You do not have to go alone… and you do not have to be afraid to walk new paths…

Marshall Townsend II

President and CEO Marshall Townsend 2nd Leadership

Independent Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team

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New Beginnings –

Day 1 – I am beginning a new… Our challenge upon returning from Turning Point this year was to dig deep and assess who we are from the inside out. John Maxwell, says that, “you must know yourself to grow yourself.” Our challenge was to state an ‘I Am…” each day for 90-days. It was a wonderful journey of discovery. However, one of the things I noticed along the journey was that I was not being intentional about my ‘I Am’s.’ You can yell at me about that, but it was like reading the chapter on Persistence in Think and Grow Rich. There came a time about day eight, that I was reading the words, but not thinking into the learning. I stopped but, I did not start over. I began a new and completed the 14-day challenge with a refreshed and more intentional mind-set.

I hate the words ‘starting over’ – when you are climbing a mountain and you get sidetracked on a path that does not lead up the mountain, you don’t stop and go back to the bottom of the mountain. You may backtrack some, but don’t go all the way back. You learned a lot getting to this point on the mountain, do not surrender it. In most cases, you just change directions from where you are and keep climbing. Make a new path, start your own trail, make a new beginning from where you are. It’s your journey, no need to follow everyone else’s path – be a trail-blazer.

I love the John Maxwell’s, ‘Minute with Maxwell’, that I linked to below. There is always anticipation to changing directions, to becoming a trail-blazer, to exploring where you have not gone. That is what makes it exciting.  Here is John Maxwell’s – Minute with Maxwell – Beginnings

I dreaded starting my blog until I realized, I have a ton of great information and ideas that I communicated in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumble over the last couple years. There is no reason I should start over. I can go back and review those post and consolidate them here in my new blog. Heck, most people did not see the post the first time, and I have learned that every post should go out at different times and on different social medial platforms. That is what I am going to do! I am not going back to the bottom of the mountain, I am starting from where I am and creating a new path – a new beginning!

On this journey of 90-days, I am doing the same. I am not starting over, I am not going back. I am beginning a new. If you are out there and have taken a break from your 90-day challenge, join me. The trailhead is right in front of us and you do not need permission to begin a new… Here is my ‘I am’ for today!

‘All’s well that ends well’ – I prefer – ‘All’s well that starts well!’ Thanks John.

Now off to the races!!! I am Beginning a new…

Marshall