“VISIONARIES VERSUS REPORTERS”
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Welcome, my friend!
I hope this newsletter finds you feeling great and creating the coolest version of your life.
Life is a movin’ and a shakin’ on this end!
Been on the go for work and play lately. Los Angeles. Las Vegas. Miami Beach. All cool places. Spent that time coaching, being coached, and chilling out. Also got to watch my awesome wife, teaching her fantastic marketing tools to an audience of several hundred.
Lots of new programs in the hopper. All very exciting with some launches in the upcoming months!
In the meantime, I’m trying to sneak in another ski day or two before it’s time to put away the sticks for another year. The Canada geese, robins, and bluebirds appearing around our house have been telling me that the season’s almost over!
I’m a big fan of distinctions.
The late coaching sage, Thomas J. Leonard, taught me the value of using distinctions to integrate important concepts in a memorable way. Distinctions stick with you and so I did my best this month to use this technique to emphasize the importance of envisioning your life the way you want it to be. It’s sounds simple, I know, but living into the idea takes a combination of awareness and focus.
I hope you find my thoughts valuable.
Thanks for all your support!
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VISIONARIES VERSUS REPORTERS
“To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.”
— Hubert H. Humphrey
Most people are reporters.
But it’s the visionaries who thrive.
What does that mean, that most of us are reporters? After all, most of us have never seen then inside of a newsroom, and even fewer get paid to find and tell compelling stories.
Reporters are storytellers who collect the facts as they see them and relay this information to other people. Reporters pick a subject, observe it, and then share their observations on that subject. Reporters are trained to “tell it like it is.”
Think of it this way, whenever you are offering an observation of something in your current reality, you are telling a story about that subject. And so, we all step into the role of reporter every day of our lives.
Here are a few examples of stories from the reporter perspective that I’ve heard in the last 24 hours.
Woman in a restaurant telling a story to a friend:
“My son has had health problems from the day he entered this world.”
Me after receiving a lunch salad filled with wilted spinach, telling a story in my head.
“No one in this restaurant really cares.”
A Facebook friend telling a story through her status update:
“Didn’t sleep well again last night! So frustrating. Grrrrr!”
As reporters, we have a tendency to stick to our stories. We do so for two reasons. First, we believe our story is true. Second, we’ve been conditioned to tell the truth long before we would even consider telling a story of what we wish to be true.
All the previous reports are true. I have no doubt the woman in the restaurant has spent many sleepless nights either caring for or worrying over her sick little boy. Pieces of the spinach on my plate were in fact, rotten. I am sure my friend had an uncomfortable, sleepless night. Each one the reports could be substantiated with evidence.
However, the most important question to answer in your life is not “What’s true for you now?”
The most important question you can answer for yourself is “How do you want it to be?”
If you are interested in upgrading from some aspect of your current reality, you need to stop being a reporter and become a visionary. Visionaries, like reporters, tells stories. However, the reporter observes and tells the story with no regard to how telling that story makes her feel. In contrast, the visionary chooses to make a huge leap by moving past telling stories that do not feel good, no matter how “true” these stories may be. Instead, the visionary takes the proactive step of envisioning the future conditions she truly desires and begins telling that story.
Why should you become a visionary?
Because you can only manifest that which you can envision in your life, and if you cannot create a vivid mental picture of your desire, it cannot show up. The stories we choose to tell are critically important because they are more than just stories — they are actually self-fulfilling prophecies.
If dramatically upgrading any aspect of your life was a simple as choosing to tell a better feeling story about whatever subject you wanted to improve, then why do people still go through life as reporters instead of becoming visionaries? A fair question…
Because it’s easier to report than to imagine, that’s why. It’s easier to tell people how it’s going rather than to tell them the story of where you are going. It’s easier to connect to dozens of vivid memories of your sick little boy that to create a whole new picture of him as healthy and strong. It’s easier to talk about the crummy salad in front of you than to envision receiving wonderful food the next time. When you’re tired and cranky, it’s easier to relay this fact rather than taking the time to imagine how great it would feel to awake rested and refreshed every morning.
Most people are reporters.
Most people live ordinary lives.
If you want to create an extraordinary life for yourself, you need to become abnormal.
Start by becoming a visionary.
P.S. After my sub-standard salad incident, I took the time to envision what I wanted — great food! My next meal was the best chicken parm (served ocean-side) that I’ve ever had in my life. The point being, the Universe will bring you whatever you allow yourself to envision, whether that’s a delicious meal or a thriving business. Your job is to be a visionary, regardless of the circumstances that surround you.
You say you want it all?
A very cool life?
A kick-ass business?
Good news, my friend!
Yes, you can have it all…
It’s all yours for the taking.
But make no mistake, no one gets there alone. There’s no such thing as a “self-made millionaire”.
Look at any top performer in any field and they all have one thing in common…
They understand the power of investing in themselves and hiring a great coach.
Because no one gets there alone.
THE FIRST STEP
Let me invite you to book a 30-minute breakthrough session with me.
It’s low-risk. Yes, you’ll need to invest a few bucks in yourself.
But if you’re not willing to do that for yourself (with me or another coach), how serious are you?
Here’s the kicker…
I’ll guarantee that within the 30 minutes, I’ll be able to zero in on the biggest block that’s holding you back.
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Hope to connect with you…
What Drew’s clients say…
“I’ve been thinking back over this year, and one of the things I am most grateful for is the decision I made to work with you. The assignments are subtle, the changes profound. Thank you. Your coaching is just what I’ve been asking for.”
— Fabienne Fredrickson, The Client Attraction Mentor
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• A Book:
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• A Movie:
THE HANGOVER: Yup. I’m late to the party. (Get it? Late… to the party? 🙂 )But hey, I don’t see as many movies as I used to. But I’m always up for a comedy, been a Zach Galifianakis fan for a while now, and hey, it’s set in Vegas! (Oh, the memories!) You’ve probably already seen it and so you already know how funny it is. Come on over and we’ll watch it again…
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