Last weekend, we were in San Antonio for our Winter Escape Convention. We had planned what we'd hoped would be a fun, creative and inspiring weekend for those attending. In addition to projects and general sessions, we had asked two Angels to speak from their heart about how they've built their teams and their businesses. The following is an excerpt from Yuki Zepeda's messege to us on Friday. Personally, I was TOTALLY inspired! I asked Yuki for a copy of her speech and requested permission to use an excerpt from it on today's blog and she graciously agreed. I have put her words in red, as a tribute to her Red Hots, the team she manages and loves so much!
"What would you do if I told you that you had to drive over 9,000 miles in a car (not an RV) and be gone from your house and all the responsibilities that go with it for over 2 months? That along the way, you would have to change the oil twice, replace all the tires on your car, and puke your brains out for 3 days in a hotel room. What would you do? Well, if you're like most people, you would say, DRIVE 9,000 miles – NO WAY!!! How can I be gone that long? How would I pay my bills? And, NO I would rather NOT puke my brains out for 3 days!!!
Well, on 28 August 2008, my husband and I pulled out of our driveway in our mini van to drive to San Francisco to go on a cruise. The plan was to do our cruise, then drive on to Ohio for Rita's gathering in October, and drive home. Not too bad, right? It's doable. But what we ended up doing was making a complete loop, from west coast to east coast, down to Ft. Lauderdale and back to San Antonio. We didn't get home until 1 November.
We did a whole bunch of laundry along the way, we ate a whole lot of sandwiches in the car, we paid big bucks for gas- sometimes over $4 a gallon. Some days we drove over 8 hours, some days we drove only 4 hours. And, we DID have to change our oil twice and replace all the tires on the car, and yes, I did puke my brains out in a hotel room in Bakersfield, CA, due to food poisoning.
Had somebody told us that on 28 August, we would be 'on the road' for over 63 days, put about 9,000 miles on our car, and drive from one coast to the other, we would have said, ARE YOU CRAZY? NO WAY!! and not even backed out of the driveway! But… because we basically took it one day at a time, one mile at a time, one adventure, one city, one National Park, everything – one at a time – the trip didn't seem that long, that hard or that bad. I'm learning that reaching our goals is much like our roadtrip."
Yuki went on to talk about her business "roadtrip." I want to talk for a moment about the roadtrip of life. No doubt, most of us at one time or another have thought that if we had known what was down the road in the months or years ahead, we may not have signed up for that particular excursion. We have all had 'flat tires' and 'food poisoning' that have stopped us in our tracks and cost us more time or money than we thought we could afford. As a result of the fears of what could happen or the doubts of what may not happen, we stay in our driveways (or even our garages), with a road-worthy and capable vehicle, just to be safe. If I venture out, I drive away from what is comfortable and familiar. Rather than dread the possibilites of feeling scared and uncomfortable, why don't we see the possibilities of gorgeous scenery along the way, meeting new people and learning new things?
Yuki's analogy resonated with me, and I think with many others. At this point in my life, I am actually pulling out of the driveway, headed toward a dream I have had for a long time. In the past, whenever I have considered it, I have thought that I am not good enough or do not have the money to get there. I decided that 2009 was going to be the year that I move toward it. I have a planner that I have been using to record every little step toward making that dream come true. I try to write down something every day, even if it isn't a tangible thing I have done. It may be a quote that inspires me to persevere, or the words of a friend that have encouraged me along the way. So far, I've found that once you pull out of the driveway, you're on your way! In one month, key factors have fallen into place that make my dream now seem possible. And, the real key… I got bold enough to share my dream, to actually speak about it, to a small number of trusted friends. Yuki would not have traveled that 9,000 miles without her beloved husband, Zip. We all need those that will take the journey with us… to share the grandeur of the scenic route and help bear the frustrations of 'flat tires' and 'food poisoning'.
I encourage you to pack your hopes and dreams and a few of your favorite things for the journey, fill up with what fuels you, ask the people you love and trust to join you and head toward where you'd love to be. Whether it is weight loss, a business goal, a dream job or vacation spot, you will find that once you pull out of the driveway, there are all sorts of landmarks along the way that will make your trip interesting and inspiring. Let's compare notes at the end of the year. I'll bet we will find that moving closer to our dreams may not have been "that long, that hard or that bad."
Thank you again, Yuki, for inspiring us at Escape and beyond and for allowing me to share part of your story.
Driving Toward My Dreams With You,