Are you Willing? Am I?

I get a lot of clients who come to me because they are up to something new.  Just last week, I spoke with a woman doing something insanely, beautifully new in her area and I CAN NOT wait to see how it turns out for her and what’s next.   Yesterday, someone I admire greatly – from an organization I’ve long held “biggest fan” status within – spoke with me about something new for her… and I was beyond thrilled to be asked to be a part of it!   And today, I’ll meet with someone who is also up to something really and truly “brand new” – and I’ll ask him:

“ARE YOU WILLING to do whatever it takes to make this happen?”

I hope his answer will be yes.  But if not, that’s okay too.  When it comes to YOUR next great idea, I BEG you to ask if you are really and truly willing to do WHATEVER it takes to make it happen… and then remember my mantra, “NO is OKAY”.

Just Wednesday, I sat down and displayed my own “brand new” plans to someone I know capable of making big things happen.  Exposing every detail and every facet of where I’m going with my business… was fun and intimidating and scary and frankly exhilarating, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. (SOON!)   But my point is this:  I had to challenge every new frontier I’m eyeballing and ask, “Am I WILLING to do what it takes to make that happen?”

In some cases, I wasn’t.  No excuses. No justifications.  No him-hawing around. I was either willing or I wasn’t.  And, because of this self-honesty, I’ve been able to be more successful than I ever thought possible.  Because I’m willing to say, NO IS OKAY, I’ve been able to pour myself into other projects that literally make me GIDDY with excitement.  (And I’m secretly  hoping your excitement will mirror my own!!)

Anyway, for today I’d love for you to dust off your 2011 goals and plans or resolutions and ideas.. or whatever you called them! Look at what is still LOOMING in the future… those best laid plans that are yet unfulfilled and ASK:


Maybe the answer is NO.  That’s okay.  Take it off of your agenda.  Replace it with something else.

Maybe the answer is,  “I’m not sure I KNOW what it would take to make this happen.” That’s okay too. But, it’s still a NO.

You see, you don’t have to KNOW what it takes in order to commit to a WHATEVER it takes mentality. When I birthed my first child, I had NO IDEA what it would take to deliver a child without “medical intervention.” (i.e. no drugs, no iv fluid, no hospitals) But I still had the WHATEVER it takes mindset.  When I quit my job to raise this baby, I had NO IDEA what would be required of me, or how I would do that, or where the money would come from.  Still, my commitment was “WHATEVER it takes.”

If THAT’s your commitment, you’ll NO DOUBT reach your goal.  So, get started NOW.  Don’t let fear hold you back! Don’t let the UNKNOWN hold you back!  Don’t let anything keep you stalled.   I’m glad we’re in this together!

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    • bmichellepippin says

      Thanks so much Jacqueline! I’m so glad you’re here! Be sure to let me know what’s on your mind… what would be the best thing I could blog about next? How’s your daughter doing? How’s her business?

  1. says

    I like pulling my email up from my phone or computer to realize that you have posted a new article here. Your voice has always been candid and honest. Qualities in an individual as well as in an entrepreneur that I can admire. Yes! I am willing to do “whatever it takes” to grow my brand and I most recently started with securing a logo befitting my business and will be progressing forward in revamping my blog and website to match executing my vision and procuring my goals. As always, thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I’m liking how you think Michelle…I’d like to think I have a ‘whatever it takes’ mentality but the truth of the matter is that a lot of what I have to let go of to go all out…shapes me as ‘I see me’..if that makes sense. I’m terrified to let some things make what I want to happen happen…maybe eventually I’ll be at that point…until then I just keep spinning my wheels..Thank you for bringing it to the surface Michelle!

    • says

      Thank you for reminding us that we can say ‘no’. Too often we feel pressured to always say ‘yes’, and then find ourselves taking on too much, not the right things, and not doing anything well. I love what you said about when you take on the right things you feel giddy….THAT is what it’s all about! I love your candor and honesty and stright-forward style.

    • bmichellepippin says

      Michelle, you’ve got me completely engaged! I can’t wait to hear your news! Let’s talk soon!! Monday?

  3. says

    Love the simplicity of the question, Michelle. It goes right to the heart of whether Ithere is enough of a commitment to the goal to bring it to full fruition. I’ve been toying eight sn idea lately and this question is very clarifying! Can’t wait to see what’s up for you!

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