100 Day Challenge: Epiphany # 1
Definition of "Emulate": "to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass:
to emulate one's father as a concert violinist".
The first day of the 100 Day Challenge, I cranked by writing my first blog post and uploaded my first video for The Challenge.
I did it the day it was scheduled… and it felt great.
This was on Monday, after working all day. Yes, I have a job. On February 2, 2015, I officially started as the Executive Director of Hope Happens for Neurological Disorders, a public charity promoting awareness and education and supporting collaborative research focused on neurodegeneration and neurorepair.
Yes, it is a lot of responsibility. Yes, fundraising is a completely new area for me.
Am I up to the task?
Are you freakin' kidding me? My brother Chris founded Hope Happens after he'd been diagnosed with ALS. He was eight years younger and was my best friend in the world. I miss him every day. (Okay, let's get back on task here… for more details about this part of my life, you can visit www.hopehappens.org, or read my book COURAGE To Find The FIRE Within, or reach out to me in person).
After achieving my pre-planned goals this past Monday, I felt great. Thought I'd felt tired, I fueled up with some healthy food, drank a glass of water, checked in with my 17 year old daughter, and got right to it.
The feeling of accomplishment felt incredible. No procrastinating, no putting off, no being lazy.
In my journaling for the day, I realized that this is a feeling I wan to emulate each and every day, and not just for the 100 Day Challenge.
Tomorrow evening is the Hope Happens Annual Evening of Hope, our annual fundraiser where over 250 people contribute and come to enjoy an evening of celebration and to share the passion for finding cures, improving quality of life and for music. So, in other words, this is more than just a normal busy week. It is a crazy, extremely full week.
Yet, here I sit, sneaking in 30 minutes to write today's post so I can share with you how important I believe it is to emulate the feeling of success.
Think about it. When you've achieved something and you feel great, when you can repeat this feeling on a daily basis, just imagine how productive you'll be and how much progress you'll be making toward your ultimate goals.
So there you have it. When you stick to what you've planned and actually scheduled in advance, and achieved what you wanted to, you will feel incredible. You can feel and taste a tiny bit of success.
So, my epiphany for today is that to create what you really want, you need to Duplicate Success.
In other words, duplicate the feelings you create when you've successfully accomplished what you set out to do… every single day.
Have Clarity for emulating the feelings of success is now a new component of The first Principle of COURAGE, Clarity of Destination.