The Gift of Pneumonia
I’ve been practicing the principles of Sacred Success®. And let me tell you, it’s made a huge difference in my life.
Take for example, how my year began…with a nasty case of Pneumonia that wouldn’t respond to antibiotics.
I had just hired a highly skilled team. We set a series of deadlines….none of which I’d be able to meet.
BSS (Before Sacred Success®), I would’ve gone into a tizzy of ‘why me,’ bemoaning my bad luck, angry over the distractions, feeling like a looser
But instead of cursing the circumstances, I looked through the lens of Sacred Success®.
What I saw: it was time to Surrender. I knew Surrender was critical to Sacred Success®. But, hey, I already did it (see Sweet ? Surrender).
However, as I was learning, Surrender is not a one (or two) time event, but an ongoing occurrence.
Sacred Success® is an intricate dance of moving forward in Disciplined Action, then stepping back in Receptive Surrender. The signs indicating when to change steps are subtle at first. Clearly I wasn’t paying attention.
Pneumonia forced me to cancel everything. And, as Sacred Success® insists, I did so without judgment.
In Sacred Success®, nothing is ‘bad’ or ‘good’; ‘positive’ or ‘negative.’ Everything that happens is a source of information regarding our next step.
As I began mining the pneumonia for the message it had for me, I quickly stumbled on the Mother Lode.
“I’m actually enjoying doing what I never let myself do…stay in bed,” I wrote in my journal.
Here’s what was amazing. Even while bed ridden, I was still quite productive. I designed a new course, reworked copy on my website, had some fabulous conversations, attracted several amazing opportunities, took on new coaching clients. All in my pjs, punctuated with long periods of rest, happy as can be.
Then I realized what happened: As soon as I created my team, I slipped into busyness. It’s what I always do when I get focused.
Unconsciously, I’ve just assumed building a business meant crammed calendars, constant motion, lack of freedom, pressure to produce. No wonder, at some point, I always burned out…or lost interest.
But, I wondered, how do you play full out without going into over-drive?
My Pneumonia gave me another option and the permission to pursue it. The message: It’s ok to be still, to block out lots of unstructured time. It’s good for my creativity!
Guess what happened when I shared this finding with each member of my team, asking for their support in preserving my downtime? My health began to improve.
Believe me, it hasn’t been easy. Maintaining blank space goes against my very nature, like a shark whose internal sonar system won’t let it stop swimming.
But this time, I want to be productive from a state of rest and peace, not from intensity and frenzy.
I’ll keep you posted on how it’s working!