Traveling can be a beast! I was in the airport system for more than 24 hours this past weekend, which, to be honest, was exhausting.
I do enjoy traveling, for the most part. It’s definitely a part of my vision, my mental model of perfection of what I want my life to look like. As I shared with you in an email a few days ago, traveling and speaking at international events has been part of my dream for quite a few years.
Well, I was on my way back home from Romania this weekend, after finishing up a series of events the previous week. And I had a layover in Frankfurt, where I had to change airlines and connect to my transatlantic flight that would bring me back to the US.
I only had about an hour and a quarter to make my connecting flight. And I was a little concerned going into it, because I thought that I might need to go through passport control, as I was leaving the EU, and I also had to get my new boarding passes printed for the next leg of the journey on the airline that I was switching to.
An hour and a quarter didn’t quite seem like enough time to me. But my travel agent had assured me that it would be sufficient, and so away I went. Well, sure enough, I did have to go through passport control, and I don’t know if they just had heightened security in Frankfurt that day, of if they are always this terribly organized and slow (lol), but there I was, standing in line, waiting… waiting… waiting… and I just KNEW I wasn’t going to make it.
But there is something about me and how I operate that tends to be different than how MOST people operate. And it’s something that I have developed and practiced for a long time in my life. And that is, I am a highly creative problem solver.
Here’s what was being presented to me as fact: I had to pass through passport control; I was expected to stand in line and wait my turn; by this time, I only had about an hour before my flight was to leave, and about 10 minutes to boarding time; the rate at which the line was moving would indicate to me that it would take me at least 45 minutes to get through the line, no less the time it would take me to find my next gate.
Those were the facts. But facts change. And as a causative being, you have the ability to change the facts of your life.
Another fact was that I also had cash in my wallet – having spent the last month in Europe, I had a clip full of Euro.
What most people would do in this situation is they would just stand in line, like sheep being led to the slaughterhouse, hoping that maybe they weren’t going to get slaughtered… that maybe things would turn around for them and they would somehow get through in time to make their next flight. And they would wish, and they would hope.
Well, I’m not one to just stand around hoping, without taking action.
Now I want you to understand, what happened next really happened in about a split second. I didn’t spend time weighing my options, thinking about how people might react, deciding if I should try this unconventional idea or not… I just knew what my next step would be, and I made a split-second decision that I needed to take action if I was going to make it to my gate on time to catch my next flight.
So, I took out my wallet, pulled out a note for 100 Euro, and I walked right up as close as I could get to the front of the line. I tapped the gentleman standing there waiting right near the front of the line, who had presumably been waiting for the better part of an hour… I tapped his shoulder, held up the 100 Euro note, and asked if I could cut the line in front of him so that I wouldn’t miss my flight.
His eyes lit up when he saw the 100 Euro note, and he stepped aside for me to join the line right in front of him. He was happy. I was happy.
I made it through passport control in the least amount of time I’m sure anyone made it through that day, the guy behind me was more than satisfied with his new found 100 Euros, and for the most part, the people behind him were no less the wiser. I made it to my gate just a few minutes after boarding had begun, got my boarding pass printed on the spot, and was settling into my transatlantic bed seat within just a few minutes.
I didn’t want to be one of those people hoping that things would change, and letting the circumstances happen TO them, rather than taking control of the situation and taking action to create the outcome I desired.
Most people wouldn’t have even THOUGHT of the idea to trade 100 Euro for a spot in line that would guarantee them making their flight. And if they HAD thought of it, they probably would have talked themselves out of it… “I shouldn’t spend money on that… if I just wait and see, things might turn around, the line might speed up… if I did approach someone in line to cut in, what would they think of me, they would probably think I was trying to cheat the system… I don’t want anyone to think badly of me…” And so the story goes.
But I have practiced and practiced and practiced the skill of bringing to my awareness a creative solution that will solve whatever the problem is in front of me. And I have learned to take action without questioning it. I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t break any laws. I simply took action on an idea that I believed would move me closer to my end goal – in this case, the goal of catching my flight.
The consequences of missing this flight would have been very significant. It’s a major flight, and they only run these flights once or twice a day, and the chances of there being an empty seat (especially in the first class cabin) on the next flight out – which might not be until the next morning – would be slim to none. There was a lot at stake here. And so, I took action and I created the result I wanted in my life.
There’s a lot at stake in your own life. Your dream is at stake. The vision that you hold for your life is at stake.
My question for you is, “Are you opening your mind to the creative solutions that are right there in front of you, on the tip of your nose, that would solve the seemingly impossible problems in front of you? Are you creating an environment within your own mind where the solutions feel welcome to come into your awareness? And if they were to come to you, would you be willing to take action?”
Or are you sticking to the narrative that “you don’t have enough time, you don’t have enough money, you’re not good enough” to live your dream, to create the life you desire?
You can make a change today… I would encourage you to just entertain the idea that there is a creative solution right in front of you, and you simply need to make it welcome. Don’t try and make it happen, don’t try and force it into your awareness. Just entertain the idea… “What would it look like if these current conditions and circumstances that I claim to be holding me back were no longer a factor? What would that feel like? What would I do?”
Well, it’s good to be back in Florida. We are gearing up for another fantastic International Maxwell Certification event in a few weeks, and Roddy and I are busy with Empowerment Mentoring – we have some big things planned, so I am back at work full swing, and ready to do whatever it takes to live out my purpose, to live out my dream and to help YOU do the same.
I believe in you and I believe in your dream!!
Hold Your Image!!