Good morning! And in case I don’t see you… good afternoon, good evening and good night!
If you’ve ever seen the film The Truman Show you’ll recognize this catch-phrase salutation. Truman Burbank is an unsuspecting insurance salesman who eventually discovers that his nearly perfect life has actually been a continuously plotted and recorded reality TV show.
After overcoming his paralyzing fear of water, he hijacks a boat, braves a (producer induced) Superstorm, challenges God and all of His furry, and barely escapes death when his boat is practically capsized. With the turbulence over, Truman lies exhausted on the deck floating through the (now calm) sea when his boat crashes into a painted horizon. What he thought was the “world” had in fact been an elaborate domed set. It was only because of this perilous journey that he was able to find a way out — stairs leading to a door marked “EXIT”.
As he ascends the staircase and reaches for the door, a god-like voice (the show’s producer) booms from the sky telling Truman that there was nothing more, nothing better for him on the other side of that door. This side of “reality” is much safer, but on the other side everything is to be feared. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Bound and determined to get to your destiny, you’ve survived many storms. Beat up, battered and tired you’ve pushed on. You’ve set your intentions, you’ve taken the appropriate action steps and you’ve kept that eagle-eyed focus, just like we talked about in Part 1. But what happens when you finally do find yourself standing at the foot of destiny’s door? A doorway into the unknown…
I wish I could tell you that it all gets easier once you’ve made it past the storm, that once you arrive at this pivotal moment, there will be no questions, no doubts clouding your mind. And, for some people this is the case — but for most of us, the self-preservation instinct kicks in and the “safety of the known” becomes a hard habit to break. I’m not going to sugar coat this one folks, you’ll never bridge the gap between your circumstances and your destiny if you don’t open that door and walk into the unknown.
And be forewarned, there will be the voices of your family, friends and co-workers coaxing those fears along… “you’re so good here, we need you here, this is how its always been…” But this is about you, not them — despite your own fears, despite what everybody else thinks is right for you, despite what everybody wants for themselves. This is your story, and only you should choose how that story will read.
I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS ONE THING
When you get there and your mouth is dry and your palms are sweating, I want you to find strength in those fears. You’re afraid because you have no idea what to expect on the other side. But isn’t that the point? If it’s something you can expect — then it isn’t anything new. Take a deep breath, turn the knob and walk, eyes wide open into your destiny.
Peace and Blessings,