Not a day goes by that I don’t think about someone connected to the Goodlife Project (GLP) Community. It has been like a turbo boost in elevating my life. If someone were to ask me one thing that the GLP community has given me, it would be:
The permission to be my whole self. The good and the bad. For the first time in my life, August 2015, I felt one hundred percent good enough with who I am.
This has lead me to explore and deep dive into many areas in my life.
Internal creative exploration
Transitioning from a business owner to an Entrepreneur
Social Media and the positive role it plays in our lives
How I fuel and recharge my body
Writing and Journaling
Second most important thing I got is a tribe/community that I connected with. Even though I don’t speak to anyone on a daily basis, I have a merry go around of inspiration in my life. Also, being able to connect and contribute in this incredible community and feel welcomed with open arms has raised my self confidence and self worth to great heights.
I am still awkward and nervous around what my definition of greatness is, but I no longer feel unworthy to be in the same room. Instead I sit in awe, consume what I can and become inspired by all those who do great things or as Brene Brown quotes Theodore Rosevelt, aspire to be those who are in the arena and pay no attention to those in the seats (i.e. the critics).
Thanks to GLP, slowly my community of amazingness is also building in my local hometown of Toronto. I am also energetically drawing in the people in my life that I want to be surrounded by, a level of inspiring risk takers who are constantly walking towards getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. Speaking of getting uncomfortable, I have launched a pilot workshop on Building Self Confidence from the Inside Out for Men which will run every Sunday in June. Check out http://everevolving.ca/be-inspired/ if you are interested in attending.
Let me just say, the self doubt gremlins creep in quite regularly but then I look up and I see all those ahead of me, all of those who are playing in the arena, not spectating. The merry go round of inspiration keeps me grounded, keeps me chipping away. It doesn’t matter how many strokes it takes to get to the hole, all that matters is that I keep swinging.
You know what else I learned and this is specifically from observing Jonathan Fields, the founder of the Goodlife Project? Just put it out there, because it will never be perfect. You reach a point where the creation process stalls because it needs to get out there, it needs to breathe, to dance in the external world, then it will return with an abundance of experience where you dive in again, begin the creation process from this next stage, then again you hit a point where this elevation requires dancing and breathing in the external world, the cycle continues. Nothing will ever grow and evolve just sitting on the shelf so to speak. We all have something to share, to build, to design and to create. We need your imperfect art in this world. No exceptions. We need all of you to bring out your imperfect internal beauty. We can’t survive with out.
I’m so looking forward to Camp GLP this year. It’s like this amazing feeling of coming home and seeing family I haven’t seen all year. I love that feeling. I sometimes wish it was longer but after three and a half days I am so filled with goodness that any more I may explode!! Seriously, I’m still riding the wave of inspiration and love from last year.
Can’t. Fucking. Wait.
“Is GLP a cult?”
Anytime an organization builds an incredible community, those on the outside tend to put on their skeptic glasses. Some ask outright and some have the look of “Is this a cult?” My brother used to work at Lululemon and I remember when people would put them in the “Cult” category.
This is a question that is asked about any person or organization that is doing something different, that is inspiring others, that others don’t understand. It’s easy to put things we don’t understand into a particular box. We love internally filing things away because it helps us make sense of the world even if its good, because its filed and neatly stored in a box.
I say, FUCK the box.
My father asked me about it and this is how I explained it to him:
Hey Dad, remember how you listened/read and even attended seminars with the Carnegie’s, Tony Robbins, Napoleon hill etc…? Well imagine a group filled with amazing people who listened to similar motivational business and life gurus for the purpose of internal self development. They gathered together to inspire, support and motivate each other to greatness. Imagine while you were in business that you had a community to support you as oppose to feeling like nobody understands and feeling all alone and to fend for yourself against the long list of critics. Well, thats what the GLP community is, it’s filled with an awesome group of people from all walks of life that are doing what is in alignment with their internal self, taking risks and constantly putting themselves out there, being vulnerable, repeatedly falling and getting back up, only to get stronger after each fall, stronger after each failure.
My Dad nods his head and smiles. Perhaps a combination of understanding, being inspired and maybe a little bit of relief.