I am a professional speaker. That is my profession. Many people don’t know exactly what that means, other than I get up on stage in front of hundreds or thousands of people to, in my hopes, change their lives for the better in some way. Their response is usually along the lines of, “I could never get up there and speak in front of people,” which I have no problem with, as it’s better job security for me.
But that’s not all I do. I have two other businesses that are mine. I am responsible for their success or failure. One, I’ve had since 2008, the other 2015. With my training job taking up a minimum of an eight-hour day and at least 2 weekends a month, I have the smallest window to devote to my other businesses, so I have to make the most of the hours in those windows.
But, today I couldn’t. And it’s not just today, it’s every Sunday after a Dream Maker event, or a convention, or a retreat. My personal brand or my “super power” is my energy.
Like Captain Marvel, who absorbed the energy emitted from the Tesseract and was then given Kree blood (you’re going to have to see the movie,) giving her super strength and energy manipulations powers, I too must use all of my strength and energy to maintain the space for my attendees for a day, a weekend or a week depending on the length of an event. That’s my job. If I don’t show up at 100%, my audience won’t get the best, and I refuse to fail them.
Most superheroes have a “kryptonite” (sorry for mixing in DC), and mine is Hashimotos, a thyroid disease I was diagnosed with in 2009 which affects… did you guess it? Energy.
My mind supports me, and my body follows the lead of my mind, so I rally up my crowds and teach and entertain, but when it’s all over, I may has well have gone through a few rounds with Thanos (I know, I’m showing my inner comic book geek… I blame my ex-ex boyfriend .)
Today, at 3:12pm, I caught a glimpse of myself in a full-length mirror. My knee torn up and bruised, my unbrushed hair frizzy and wild, traces of mascara under my eyes because I was too tired to remove it properly after my 8 hours in airports, two planes and a Lyft getting me home after midnight. I looked at my body, slouched from new pains from my hard fall on cement, and exhaustion from the 24 hour turn-around of my trip to Huntsville, AL. And it dawned on me…
We are every day superheroes. We fight for our families, our finances, and our futures. We strive to help others and lift them up when they are struggling. We use our powers to the point of exhaustion, and then we collapse, we rest, heal, and replenish. Then we put on our capes and we do it again and again and again.
I could have missed this window of opportunity to watch another movie and neglect my business today, but I have super strength, so I push through so I can tell you this:
You were given gifts, powers, tools to help people and change the world. There will be days where you feel drained and want to give up, but DON’T! The only way to fail is to quit! And YOU ARE NOT A QUITTER! YOU are an EVERYDAY SUPERHERO! YOU have lives to change!
Don’t get me wrong, you must listen to your body, eat well, sleep well, rest when you need it, and give yourself grace when you don’t have the strength to push through and work on your business because you’re exhausted. Other windows of opportunity will open because you’re doing what you’re meant to be doing.
I don’t wear a cape… a prefer a little bling, but today I realize that instead of beating myself up for nursing my wounds instead of doing reach outs, and allowing my body to reenergize with supplements, healthy food, water and TV instead of making phone calls, I am allowing myself to prepare for my next call, when my customers and clients will need me. Today is just for me.
Allow yourself the needed self-care so you can continue to leave a big impact on this superhero universe.
To your success,
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