This past week, I was on a regular call with a client who heads a fast-growing small business. During the call he communicated that he was feeling a bit stressed due to the upcoming year-end board meeting, his recently hired high-level executives, and the challenges that come with the busy holiday season.
In response, I said that a lyric written by a 33 year old named Richard Smith came to my mind.
When he asked what I meant, I replied, “…to face unafraid, the plans that we made…”
I went on to remind him that at the beginning of this year, he made great, smart plans and preparations. Now that he has made solid plans, he would do well not to worry about what might happen, as that was out of his control, but to focus on how he could best approach the plans that he’s already made without undue worry. In other words, to execute those plans without fear.
He asked me to repeat the words again so he could write them down in his notebook, as he likes to do.
“to face unafraid…the plans that we made…”
After I did, he asked me where the line came from. I said, chances are you’ve actually heard it more than once a day for over a month now. It’s one of the phrases that comes right before the lyrics in the refrain to “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
We shared a good chuckle at the simple contextualization of the moment.
It just goes to show us once again, that most of what we seek in life, whether in knowledge, realization, or a key to manifestation, is quite often right in front of us all the time. We just have to take the time to stop worrying about what we can’t control with regard to the future and think about optimizing what we can learn in the present.
He thanked me for the present. I thanked him for the pun.
(c) Joe Caruso and Caruso Leadership. Reprints available with permission.
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