Manifest Part II - The Professor
W H A T T O E X P E C T
Back in September 2013, I had signed up for a course at Carleton University called Sport and Performance Psychology. That four month class helped initiate the visualization process for my future career. Kyle Paquette was my professor at the time. Although the experience seemed rather stressful for him to have been called up last minute to take over this course, he managed well. High energy, always smiling he offered a fresh and playful attitude to set the positive tone on Monday mornings. We learned a lot of the techniques and concepts I had already experienced in my days of competing in Jiu Jitsu.
It was all so interesting, I couldn't believe I got to learn more about this kind of stuff in school! I was naturally attracted to the coping techniques used to deal with the many pressures of competing. I had a pretty good grasp of the concepts, so this was just adding on to my own personal experiences. I would meet with Kyle and talk about what we’d learned in class. I even offered to do an extra project to make up for 2 missed classes because I loved the topic. What was supposed to be a 2 page assignment quickly turned into an 8 pager. It was a release for me. A way to put onto paper what Jiu Jitsu meant to me, and how I was going to change my past habits and start fresh.
After the course was finished, I met with him again for coffee to review my exam and also talk about potential future career paths. He had initially planned to meet me for coffee at the university campus Starbucks; he said he had 30 minutes. Two hours later he found himself racing to an appointment of some kind saying he felt I was on to something. He said he was so engaged listening to my story and my ideas. Usually it was hard to get his attention. I was able to keep him there in that moment simply because I was sharing my experience with him and being completely open.
We talked and shared stories and what became very clear to me was that we sort of had the same energy, We are both do’ers and high achievers. We both had difficulty with family situations growing up and were able to push through and take the good from it all. He suggested that I read a list of 7 books, which I immediately purchased on amazon when I received his e-mail. He said the first book I should probably get into was titled, The One Thing. Other parts of the conversation were about his advice to start a website or a blog and create a name for myself. This would serve as an online public resume virtually where I could spread my name around the community to share my story, my ideas, and my voice.
I began reading The One Thing about 2 weeks later once the package arrived in the mail. I would read bits and pieces on the bus to and from school, or in my spare time before bed. I had stopped about half way through the book and took a little break when the second semester of school started to run it’s course.
School calmed and I was able to get through the rest of the book. The first thing I did after completing it was quit my job. I was spreading myself too thin trying to be superwoman and multi-tasking at every opportunity. I realized I needed to slow down and concentrate on one thing at a time to see the results I was looking for.
I learned about time management and time blocking, discovering the one thing I needed to do each day in order to be more successful. I was trying to create a domino affect in my life. I said "NO" to people more often and began to value my time and protect my energy more-so than ever before. At that specific time and for 1.5 years prior to that conversation, my goal was to do well in school and graduate.
Kyle encouraged me to remain focused on school and to complete my degree. He also encouraged me to create a website - a platform which would become a gateway to connect with the public. A couple months later, this crazy opportunity to travel, write, dream and create for my summer job came about. I couldn't believe it. It was finally time for me to really practice my own thing.
The universe is filled with abundance, so what else came my way in the beginning of March? Love. I became fuelled, inspired and more driven than ever to work towards my goals. This love was discovered at the same time as the opportunity to explore my dream job and so, I was overwhelmed in the most positive of ways knowing I attracted this to my life. I powered through the rest of the semester but with great difficulty. I was suppose to focus on school, getting great marks. I'd like to ask anyone how they contain their excitement about two major life events coming your way and trying to hold off just one month until you can get started. I fell back on my old routine and decided I wanted them all to be my ONE THINGS! I studied, I brainstormed for the website and I opened my heart to a wonderful person.
Basically everything I learned in the book was put on hold for one month until I had the time and focus to give the website my undivided attention.
As you read on in time, you'll find out I'm not the best with the whole ONE THING concept BUT it has taught me a lot and I definitely use some of the tools suggested in the book and have found a happy medium to work with for the time being.
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