"Until you become it!" a hand reaching towards you

Real Estate Agent with ReMax Realtec Group

Remember the hand? The one that reached towards you to help. You grasp it and the hand guided you through the unknown, the difficult time, the rough experience. But on the other side you ultimately had to decide, "Return or press forward?" You choose press forward and stood on your own and made your way.

I recall in vivid detail that season in life. Pressed so deep into the folds of memory that it sleeps until provoked.


"I don't deserve to be here."

"How did I get out of there?"

"AM I out of there?"

Whispers that haunt until they are displaced, silenced, rendered bankrupt by truth revealed, choices made. From such a season of the powerless, insignificant, without purpose, less than the flower on the wallpaper, emerges a creation from the dust, tested by fire, enduring the storms, prevailing over doubt and fear.

And here we all are, not the product of life planed but the result of making life with what comes.

Realizing the fight, the struggle is never over, mechanisms mental, spiritual and physical are relied upon to stay the course, keep on the path of the over-comer, to assume the authority and purpose for with one is destined. 

The memories leak from my eyes in the knowing of the merciful intervention.

That encounter, the word heard, the epiphany that leads to liberation, to transformation. Such treasures are those things we protect in the secret chambers of our heart. Such treasure are never to be shared with those who may handle them recklessly. 

In the following excerpt of a TED Talk, Amy Cuddy shares science and personal experience. Hers is not an uncommon story, just a story shared by another courageous enough to be vulnerable. But it's not about her. She leaves behind, with us, a resource freely and readily available for those with the courage to stand up! If you don't make it to minute 18, you WILL miss the message.



Until you become it!

The transformation from "I don't belong here" to "I'm not there anymore" I am sure resonated with most who watched the video. The transformation that includes the long walk from what people think about me to I am enough. 

Integral to the transformation, just as Amy modeled, is a willingness, the courage, to open the chamber, to share the treasure locked in the heart's secret chamber, to live afraid and brave, at the exact same moment, all day long.

Two minutes, Amy shares, is all it takes to allow the hard work to be seen. Ones PRESENCE opens the door, then your invitation will be heard.

May each of you become all that you are destined to be, with the song within resisting to be hushed but overflows in  expression of the lesson of life, a purpose that keeps your path clear, a heart softened that allows your hand to extend towards another.

The lion within us roars "I did not allow that which does not suite me, determine who I am! I have BECOME and there is no going back! I will press relentlessly forward, always to go forward."

Success is not measured by the size of the pile of toys collected but by the lives one affects.  Choose today to go and touch one. Speak truth. Create beauty. 

In the comments below share you 'Become it' moment.



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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

I had lots of "Hands Up" experiences when our family was displaced by a flood in 2011 but the hand out stretched that mattered the most was God's.

Devine Touch

Mar 21, 2016 09:16 AM #1
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Thanks for this video, Annette.

This is, indeed, a powerful message:  Fake it until you become it.  

I recall in vivid detail that season in life. Pressed so deep into the folds of memory that it sleeps until provoked.  I am there.  

What provokes the moving on?  Just making up your mind that you're going to?


Apr 26, 2016 11:13 PM #2
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

In my opinion, when it comes to gender gap little has changed in 35 years since my first corporate job. In fact, today it may even be worse, from the stories I have read from women in high tech who are not accepted as equal by men in that industry. I'll spare the explanation, but it's ludicrous men would think their work would be more important and that it's ok to objectify women--and I don't consider myself a feminist. Overall real estate is quite different in this regard, but not in office meetings where there the dynamics are those alpha males who dominate space and take over who gets to talk or not. I've noticed women in real estate who are top producers--and most top producers are women in the long term--don't try to get along with the alphas in the pack, but politely break away to do their own thing, create their own business, and ignore the petty dynamics. Maybe they are in the bathroom holding power poses before going out on listing appointments (I don't know--I never asked). Why I think women succeed in real estate is because it takes an inordinate amount of patience to, a quality women tend to have over the alpha male, who obsesses over one-upping their competitors. In real estate, that doesn't work in the long term--it may in the short term--but their character has to be impeccable, or they will be found out by their customers they are not what they seem. 

I like the fake it until you become it. I haven't reached what I want to become, but I know I belong here, and I definitely know I am not there anymore from where and when I started.

Thanks, Annette, for this post as it gives me something to consider--a springboard for further growth and development.  

Apr 27, 2016 02:38 AM #3
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

We were all present, on the edge of our seat when the student tells CUDDY, "I want to quit."

Then a 'I see in you what you can not see in yourself' observation compelled the quitter to stand up to the plate and swing for the bleachers. Whether one recites affirmations, reads lots of Soul Soup books, meditates or holds a pose, it is all about searching for that 'springboard' to get to the next step.

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