A dream is a wish your heart makes

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking that I should write a 2017 End of Year article. I thought about giving sage advice like “10 things you can do to make 2018 amazing” or “My New Year’s resolutions” or something along those lines. All these ideas seem a bit done and dull. When I have writer’s block, I go out to talk to the people for inspiration. “The people” being my awesome #ladybadass friends who are a veritable buffet of brilliant ideas.

We have the ever fabulous Maria Sipka who picks an intention word for each year and tries to live it each and every day. Her 2017 word was Unleashed. I’m super excited to hear what her 2018 word is going to be.

I also had lunch with the very thoughtful and inspiring Laura Froelich who, when I posed the question, cooly reminded me that she didn’t ever do “New Years” things. She just makes a decision and starts. I am in constant awe of this woman’s decisiveness.

Honestly, I think they’re both brilliant plans, and you can stop reading now. Do one of those items, and I assure you 2018 will be a banner year.Seriously.

But of course, I have another thought, another strategy to make 2018 the best year ever. It’s based on my most significant learning experience from 2017. Let me explain.

I have a small group of Executive Clients that are pushing the boundaries in their careers. Each in this brave bunch had a mammoth first session with me. The session is a whopping three hours of me asking questions and writing on giant stickies that cover the walls. Over the three hours, both my client and I run the gamut of emotions from out and out weeping to fits of uncontrollable laughter. It’s quite the learning and emotional experience for us both.

My first question is, “What will happen if all goes well?” This query is not the shallow and overused question, "what results are you looking for from this session?”  I already know the answer to that. I’m looking a deeper and more personal answer to a more wish-fulfillment question, “If I’m your fairy godmother, what awesome thing will have manifested in the future?” I haven’t started waving my wand around at this point (well, not as a rule.) I try to keep the question and initial session a little more civilized and professional. That may change in 2018.

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The answers I receive where wide-ranging wonderful and unique in each and every situation. I then think, “Well shoot, I have NO idea how working with me is going to manifest this thing, but I sure as heck am going to try!”

As of last night, every one of my executive clients' wishes has come true. Maybe I am capable of granting wishes.

This is quite a remarkable discovery about myself that has transformed my year. I can’t explain it. I’m not even going to try.

My plan for 2018 is to make one wish. A big one.

I encourage you to join me in the process. Share your wish (and you should because clearly, I make wishes come true,) please do so in whichever way you want: the comments below, replying to the newsletter, or tell me via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Now to the rules:

  1. Your wish can’t be for more wishes - I thought I was beyond smart when I realized this one at age 7 too. We are no longer 7.
  2. Your wish needs to be for YOU to manifest - so no, the lottery is out, so is world peace unless you can actually impact world peace. Sorry folks.
  3. Your wish needs to be for ONE thing - I know, I wanted to add “and I’ll get to meet Bette Midler” to mine but then where do you stop with the “ands”? If you’ve ever read a fairy tale you know, there’s only ONE thing the protagonist wishes for.

Seriously people. I want to know your wishes. Feel free to be selfish. I won’t judge you. Feel free to be creative. Feel free to be whatever you want to be. This is YOUR wish.

Creativity the best part of humanity.

My wish?

I wish that in 2018 I’m given as many opportunities as possible to make wishes come true.

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Just call me your fairy godmother

Just call me your fairy godmother

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