OK I’m going to get really honest with you today. I just returned from Barbara Stanny’s Sacred Retreat, I loved it but for totally surprising reasons. I have done joint work with Barbara for years, seen her present but NEVER participated in any of her workshops. So this past week I took the train to Baltimore and spent 4 days with 20 other women watching Barbara do her thing, WOW.
Since I didn’t have a burning need or felt like I had a gaping hole in my life I went into the program being open with no expectations (or so I thought). The first day my mind was jumbled but I’ve learned enough to let it be jumbled, while I’m always looking to get some new inspirational fuel for my business I didn’t let that dominate my thoughts. What I got was so much more.
I have built my life around giving to others, motivating inspiring other women to be more and achieve more I know this is my purpose in life. What I haven’t done is learn to RECEIVE. By not receiving I have denied myself some wonderful friendships with women who can support me, guide me and help ME nourish my soul. I needed to learn how to be a friend, how to MAKE friends how to stop turning the friendships I have into coaching relationships me doing all the giving and they getting to receive.
What’s interesting is that when I share my “lack” of friendships with the female financial advisors I coach MANY of them admit sharing the same challenge. They have spent so many years surrounded by men, approaching their business life as a man they now struggle to relate and connect with women. There is something totally unnatural about all this.
We have been taught that it is better to give than to receive but what Barbara helped to clarify is that true greatness is when you can do both. To receive you must be willing to put yourself out there, share your thoughts and feelings. While I can do that well in a business/coaching relationship I have not allowed myself the true benefits that come from a friendship.
What is amazing about this journey of life is that there is always something new to discover about yourself. I have spent so many years focused on building a business as a result business activities have become my comfort zone. It is time to stretch again, time to focus on an area of my life that will enhance my role as a mother as well as a coach and consultant. I so look forward to developing some new reciprocal friendships with some fun and fabulous women.