That crazy idea that became a reality

by jon on November 18, 2012

Have you ever really wanted to do something but had no idea how and weren’t sure it would ever happen? And like me, when you told people about what you wanted to do, you had very little evidence or experience that it would work. And what if within a year, this crazy idea became a reality? That is what happened to me in the last six months. And it has been an incredible ride.

Back in February, I was still working in commercial real estate. However, I came to one of our courses here at The Center for Intentional Leadership. And it gave me the tools to go after the vision I had for myself and our world. I had been in other leadership and self-awareness courses starting with one in California with the wonderful people at LaL. And after being in a few of these courses, I saw that the majority of leadership development work was usually supporting executives and an older demographic. And I became very passionate about bringing this work to young people.

In particular, my life had been impacted in such a positive way by getting real clear on who I am and then getting committed to an intentional path for myself. I wanted to help people align their personal and professional lives around what is most important to them. So that people could bring their most authentic self at home and at work with strong sense of purpose and direction. I believe when this happens we can make a greater impact on our organizations and the people around us. And why not get this work to people as early as possible in life??

So at that course back in February, I wrote down that I wanted to start a leadership development program for young people. Then I declared it out loud in front of about 12 people in my course. The funny thing was I was still working in commercial real estate at the time and had very little experience with this work. But when I talked about doing I felt really alive, and it got my wheels turning.

So I left my job to go work for the Center for Intentional Leadership back in April. I started on a project called Intentional Leadership for the Next Generation which is a leadership development program for people in their 20s and 30s. And a few weeks ago, we completed our first course with 15 amazing people.

As I reflected, I just couldn’t believe things happened so quickly. It seemed to validate a continuous running theme in my life. For the longest time, I wouldn’t take big risk or make a major change because I couldn’t see the path to do it or the end result. However, what I continue to realize is that when I am able to get real clear on my purpose and have a really pure intention with something important to me, the path and people to make it happen seem to emerge. And even when I finally got started on this Next Generation project, there were plenty of times I doubted myself, wasn’t sure if people would like it and even thought about shutting down the idea. But luckily, I work with some amazing people who knew how important this was to me and kept pushing me. I was reminded that our work really isn’t about a “course” but about making a significant contribution in the lives of people.

So you may wonder, how did the course turn out? We recently had our follow-up day and below are a few things some of the participants mentioned about how the course impacted them.

  • I quit smoking.
  • I let go of my past and am creating a new life for myself.
  • I am not afraid about where I am going in life anymore.
  • I am comfortable in my own skin.
  • I have a more positive relationship with my husband.
  • I am now in charge of who I am and who I want to be.
  • I am replacing my madness with a smile.
  • I am done not trying and now bringing my full self.
  • I am more in the present, in the now and not lost in future.
  • I have a new perspective on my life and the world we are in.
  • I am ok just being me and that is all I need.
  • I am overcoming my fears.
  • I feel the power of my declaration in my life.
  • I have more internal calmness, self-love and compassion.
  • I am not worrying about trying to figure this out.

That sure makes one plus one more than two for me. Have a great week.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Carole Levy November 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

You’re on fire! Keep going!


jon November 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Carole!


Julia Orr November 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Nice work, Jon. I hear the program was life changing. Keep it up!


jon November 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Julia!


Jocelyn Courtney November 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Super proud of you! I’d been meaning to ask you for an update on your undertakings. This sounds amazing, and I’d love to hear even more at some point. Keep up the good work!


jon November 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks Jocelyn. Great to hear from you. Lets def catch up soon.


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