I came really close to missing the best thing coming from the GROWTH Summit I attended just a couple of weeks ago. It's so easy to talk yourself out of going the extra mile just because you want to chill out and do nothing.
Somehow, I remind myself about what it takes to really achieve new levels of living. You have to SHOW UP and DO what most people are simply not willing to do. By showing up, I mean show up for yourself—be your own advocate—your own cheeleader—your own coach. You've got to find the inner strength to dig DEEP to do more so that you can experience more.
Experience more is exactly what I did. After a weekend of filling my cup with fabulous talks from Brendon Burchard, J.J. Virgin, Dean Graziosi, Harvey Mackay and more...I stayed one more day to listen to Trent Shelton.
I knew Trent's name through the NFL, but little did I know that the real power was behind his words and passion to help others with his powerful message through his non-profit organization, RehabTime, who's mission is to lead people to change through faith and hope.
I found myself in tears as Trent spoke...
The tears reflected back to me the truths he spoke that resonated so deeply with me. The tears were also from a deep feeling of gratitude I had for him for speaking out and reaching to such a massive audience around the globe. He is unapologetically, Trent Shelton, honoring his truth and who's answered his call.
By choosing to show up in your truth, you too, can make a dent in the Universe. Here's just a small window of the things I took away from Trent's talk:
1. It is possible to help many by helping one.
By not letting what other's think dictate your truth, you show up whole and able to help someone else as the best version of YOU. You show up strong and you show up with purpose and therefore more able to help change someone's life. Then, that person you've helped is better suited to help another...and so on...and so on.
To show up strong you must recognize the things stealing your truth each time you defer to them. Things like drugs, excessive parties and alcohol are only giving you temporary fulfillment that fills a void you've created by not choosing to live your truth. Trent says you have to "step up and fight for purpose."
2. God will take you to places you don't understand just to get you to places where you're supposed to be.
This statement alone profoundly touched my heart as I heard him speak those words. In a flash, I saw every person I cared for, loved, and admired who also deeply hurt and rejected me. I realized that it took massive energy from those experiences to heal, overcome and grow bigger than even I knew possible. It took having the experience with them (the hurt and the pain from the people I loved—personally and professionally) to realize it.
I was so moved by this portion of his talk, that the moment I left the airport I hopped on Facebook to do a LIVE about this message of appreciating rejection and what it did to make me who I am today. You can watch the replay by clicking here.
3. Understand Control
It's infinitely more important to focus on the things you can control, including control over the things you choose to accept in your life. Trent says that, "opinions don't matter." You can not let what doesn't matter dictate your life and the meaning behind it. Your meaningful life comes from unwrapping the gift that is YOU.
By focusing on anything else and anything less, your energy and effort is building momentum on the things that never align with your truth. It pulls you away from what you are meant to be and do...your truth.
So, expertly burn the bridges to the things and the people who weigh you down. Release all the things that don't contribute to you knowing your worth. By doing so, you also create your world (and inner world) with more peace. Fiercely protect that peace...
As you control what you accept (and no longer accept) you are able to go to the next level without the weight.
Going forward, with the clarity you have about your truth, you'll more easily recognize what matches that and what does not. Both are important to know and recognize because as you unwrap YOU and move through life growing every step of the way, you will find those who won't support you. Trent says not to ask for it and to simply be you, unapologetically.
Coming to know your truth requires breaking old cycles that don't serve you, which means things are going to change. Don't fear it. Expect it. Desire it. Be willing to change.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." —Mahatma Gandhi