Launch Yourself on Every Wave

Life, like surfing, is all about wave selection and balance. Never let the best waves in life pass you by. Ride it now before it’s too late.

– Kiteboardstuff.com

I believe that our dreams, our true dreams, are given to us at birth.  That we are designed to grow and stretch beyond what we think we are capable of.  That we are given heroes journeys to push us to accomplish the dreams.  That those dreams are what make us passionate, and give us a life of purpose.

Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction.

– Unknown

I think of people who are adventurers and broke open new journeys we didn’t even know we could go on.  People like the Wright Brothers, who pioneered the ability to fly.  Pilots like Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart who created and broke records in pioneering flight.  She’s quoted as saying, “What do dreams know of boundaries.”  she had true unfaltering determination and pushed her limits.  She said, “when you fail, your failure must be but a challenge to others”.  I love the concept of my failures actually serving as something positive –  to challenge others to succeed in their own dreams.

You don’t get into something to test the waters.  You get into things to make waves.

  – Rituals

Every year there are new tech companies that are creating a new cutting edge business or disrupting an industry.  Right now, someone is launching themselves in trying to fulfill a dream they never thought they could accomplish.  The really critical thing is to not give up on your dream as being too far beyond your capability to accomplish.

Waves are my inspiration.  Not because they rise and fall, but because each time they fail, they rise, again and again.

  – Dr. Abdul J Kalam

When someone decided one day that they want to be a mountain climber, they don’t just walk out the door and climb a mountain.  You get training in how to use the equipment.  You train both the body and the mind.  You start with small mountains and work your way up to the bigger ones.  You join others who like that sport, becoming a member of a team.  You fall down, you get back up and fall down again and again, until you start reaching mastery.  It is done step by step, day by day, year by year.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

  – Alan Watts

You grow and expand that comfort zone again and again.  You trust that you deserve to fulfill the dream, because you have worked hard to get the skills that are necessary to make it happen.  You learn to trust yourself and your team.  Change is part of the dance of life.  You learn to trust the dream as it shifts, changes and transforms too.  Sometimes as we are moving towards the dream it is like driving through fog.  All we can see are the next 100 feet in front of us.  We travel towards what we see and as we travel, we see farther and farther.  We see what we thought was a mailbox on the side of road shift into something else as we get clearer eyesight.

Just like waves in the ocean come and go, no challenge is permanent. Problems will come and go too. We must enjoy the Challenges just like we enjoy the waves.

– RVM

This is because our brains will take what little we can see or decipher and basically guess at what we are seeing based on past knowledge. But as we get more clarity by pursuing the dream it seems to shift its shape into something totally different. It’s not so much that the dream is changing as it is that we are getting a better understanding about what the dream really is.  Each problem that we encounter and solve changes us.  Each change brings the dream into more clarity.  We begin to realize that there are 50 ways we can achieve the dream.  That our expectations around the dream are what is really changing, not the dream itself.  We begin to truly imagine the possibilities of the dream.

The big waves in life might come from outside of you, but the ability to ride them comes from inside of you – from your character strengths.

– Fatima Doman

Over and over again we see the concept of “as above, so below”.  The teaching of the tree of our life reaching high into the heavens and deep below the surface with the roots.  Life is not lived in one direction only.  If you are reaching only for the sky and neglect your roots, the imbalance in your life may create temporary success, but will inevitably fall over.  And if you only feed the roots and neglect reaching for the heavens, then you won’t produce anything positive in your life.  It is the combination of inner and outer growth that leads to true lasting success.

Individually, we are one drop.  Together, we are an ocean.

  – Ryunosuke Satoro

I am inviting everyone to a virtual get together.  I love the concept of “together we are an ocean”.  Working together you will learn how to create your own personalized dream map, claim your own unique goals of change and transformation; refine them into goal crushing gremlins; and finally, to truly understand what your motivation around those goals is all about.

It’s not just about writing some words on a piece of paper that says in 30 days I will . . . ,   It’s not just about creating a vision board with pretty pictures of our dream house, vacations, our dream body or $1M in our bank account, and then waiting for the “magic” to draw in what we want in our lives.  You are going to brainstorm your way to make your dreams a reality.  You will map out your detours around your own unique self sabotaging obstacles, and finally be able to fully implement your plan.

Just click below to go to a google form to collect your contact information so I can send you how to get on our Zoom call.  I know that if someone gives me something I may or may not make the time to actually do the work.  But if someone takes the time to work with me through the material I get some action and forward momentum started.  So take this small first step for 2020 and lets create something personally designed just for you!

What I know for sure is that we all hit walls of failure, fatigue.  We all get that feeling that “Life happens to us”, when it really is happening for us.  I know what it feels like when we are getting hit with a sledge hammer.  It helps to have a few tricks up your sleeves to handle them so that they just create slowdowns.  For those times when the rain or snow is coming down so hard and fast we can’t see the road.  We might have to take a few detours around things like washed out roads or bridges.  Just don’t give up and stop completely.

As a kid did you ever play the game Red Light/Green Light?  You had someone who called out Red Light for Stop and Green Light for Go.  The goal was to reach the finish line first.  Let’s change that game just a little.  In the movie “Star Man” with Jeff Bridges – there is this line about yellow lights.  “Starman: I watched you very carefully. Red light, stop; green light, go; yellow light, go very fast.”  Instead of getting Red Lights for our goals or trying to get green lights – Let’s go for Yellow Lights – throw the caution meaning out the window, and let’s “go very fast!”

Click below and let’s all learn to “go very fast”.

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Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.

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