A few days ago, I was in a sunny San Diego conference room with 30 amazing business owners.
We had a stunning ocean view, but our coach drew the shades and dimmed the lights.
"Close your eyes," she said. "I'm going to play a song. Imagine the singer standing six inches away, singing directly to you."
As we sat in silent anticipation, I judged a bit. Ugh, it's probably some emo acoustic crap. Oh god, what if it's the Black Eyed Peas? Please don't let it be Céline Dion.
When the music began in that quiet orchestral swell that is the hallmark of any good power ballad, I knew I was screwed.
Beyoncé. Freakin' Beyoncé.
"I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, something that
I left behind
When I leave this world, I'll leave no regrets
Leave something to remember
So they won't forget
I was here..."
The first tears formed at 15 seconds. At 40 seconds, I was choke-sobbing. At 90 seconds, Bey had punched a hole in my chest and pulled out a fistful of organs.
Y'all...it's a four-and-a-half-minute song.
The song is called, "I Was Here." It hit me like any great piece of art, writing, or Nike commercial. You think it’s just entertainment until you unexpectedly click in and glimpse your potential.
I stepped into the song. For four-and-a-half minutes, I inhabited it. I watched my life play back to me…the version where I fully lived, loved, and did everything I wanted on my terms.
I felt it…
…the freedom of honoring what I love and am good at.
…the power of facing my fears and coming out on the other side.
…the satisfaction of knowing I made a difference.
In that San Diego conference room, I remembered my purpose: that I'm here to remind you of yours.
It’s bigger than just another job. It’s for darn sure bigger than a paycheck. You're meant for something greater.
You Are Here for a reason.
You are a leader. You are powerful. You are here to make your mark.
So now, channeling the Queen B herself, I’m projecting myself to six inches in front of your face (ok, maybe a foot or two away).
Tell me, what are you here to do?
Don't overthink. Don't wordsmith. Don't judge. Just click here to send me an email and finish this sentence: My name is … and I'm here to …
I can’t wait to hear from you!
There’s power in public proclamations. If you’re so inclined, feel free to post why you’re here in the comments as well. Take a stand for yourself. Put it out there. You’ll be amazed at what comes back to you.
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