Three years ago next month, Ia client came to see me for H-E-L-P.
He couldn’t really afford the ticket or my fee. He was over $90,000.00 in debt. But he felt he must come see me.
And he arrived on April 15 – of all dates.
At the time he felt as low as a man can feel. He felt inadequate as a father, as an entrepreneur, as a person.
He’s made decisions he now questioned.
Creditors were breathing fire on him. And he expected me to somehow fix everything for him?
Yesterday, I got an email from him. His life changed in a MAJOR way during his visit. And he wanted me to know where he is right now.
Here’s what he wrote:
I’ll never forget the talk we had after you handed me the walking sticks. As we set out on our five-mile journey, there wasn’t much said at first, then you asked, “Okay, so you have some finnacial challenges. What exactly are we talking about here?”
I told you about the debt I had racked up.
“Yeah,” you said.
Then I told you about all the monthly expenses I had and couldn’t meet.
You shrugged those off like they were nothing.
I was mystified at how you were so calm, so relaxed, just breathing as we walked and talked.
I was perplexed as to how you could think all this was no big deal.
I can’t remember much more about our talk. I guess I was in a trance. But something definitely happened to me during that walk. I wasn’t the same person when it ended. What a way to coach people.
Another big shift occurred later in the day. We were in your car and I heard your phone chiming from all the orders you had coming in.
I asked if you had a sale going on.
“No, why?” you said.
“Wow,” I said. “That’s amazing.”
When I returned home I began doing Theatre of the Mind every day without fail. No more doing it one day, then resting for a month. Every single day.
When I had no work on the horizon, I did what you told me to do. I had nothing else to do, and no client work. But I believed what you taught me and applied myself.
This process kept me positive and productive in the face of 90 sum thousand in the RED.
It wasn’t long before I had a few clients. And the few I had turned into MORE. A year later I was in a completely different reality.
Now I run a company with clients all over the world who line up to work with me. Tis pretty bizarre.
I’m almost at the phase you once told me about when you said, “Vince, right now it feels like you have to push a bolder up a hill with everything you’ve got. One day it will feel like all you have to do is tap a stone with your pinky and it will fly up on its own.”
Ahh, such a strong picture to focus on to this day.
Thanks Matt. Thanks Theatre of the Mind.
Author, Athlete, Entrepreneur, Artist and Daddy to 3 great girls
M.J.F. responds: Vince, thank you so much for the update. I’m certain it will inspire many people who’ve walked in similar mocassins. May continued blessings from the heavens and the earth continue to shine upon you.