The other day, my seven year old son told me that he needed to bring a collection of 100 things to his first grade class in celebration of 100 days of school. During the past few years, I have visited Pinterest to help both of my sons create unique school projects in between long work days and fly by night weekends. But this year was different because I had just returned from a week long business trip and was faced with tons of laundry and a huge to do list of simplistic things that seemingly only wanted my attention.
As I looked down in my son's big brown eyes, I pondered whether he would be content with bringing a box of 100 paper clips, a bag of 100 staples or 100 sheets of copy paper to school for his class presentation. But then I recalled my promise that I would give him an experience of a lifetime if I was blessed to conceive him and to give birth to him despite my challenges with fertility. So with less than 20 minutes to spare, we ran off to Target to purchase a collection of 100 things before it closed.
While my son excitedly ran through aisle after aisle hoping to find something fun and creative, I trudged along. We couldn't find anything that caught our eyes that wasn't banned on the school list, such as marbles, colored Pom Pom balls, thumb tacks and collectible cards. After ten minutes or so, I made an executive decision to buy 100 character stickers to place in a hand-drawn maze to depict Maze Runner, a movie we recently watched. But as I waited at the check-out counter to purchase the poster board and stickers, I saw a bag of Dum-Dum lollipops lying next us.
And as I picked up the bag of Dum Dum pops, I began to think of myself, my clients and our competition. Much like Dum-Dum pops, thought leaders, inspirational speakers and transformational coaches have similar wrappings in that we have similar messages, similar platforms, similar pricing and similar promises of making life sweeter for others. But despite what people see on the outside as being the same, what is on the inside makes the difference. Much like the flavors of the Dum-Dum lollipops, our process of becoming was different in that some of us have been cherry picked, some have always been an apple of another's eyes and others have been surprised by life. Similarly, our tastes have been molded and shaped based on our life experiences. In effect, some of us have become a little bitter, a little sweeter, a little more savvy, a little more strategic, a little more spiritual and a little more braver for some, but just right for others.
However, unlike Dum Dum pops none of us are limited to sitting off to the side in hopes that someday we would be discovered, selected and appreciated by others for a fleeting moment. Instead, we can seek, find and connect with those who crave a solution to their problems based on their tastes. We can also offer opportunities to allow others to taste and see that we are good enough to satisfy their cravings for the sweeter, finer and more fulfilling things in life. Lastly, the sweetness within is abundant and everlasting which help us satisfy those who like us, know us and get us throughout our lifetime. And as we continually appreciate our inner sweetness, we inspire others to keep coming back for more!
Toni Moore, Esquire is a legal coach and Purposeful Makeover Strategist who inspires women to embrace their personal power to redefine their possibilities. Feel free to connect with Toni on Twitter/Instagram/Gmail: @ToniDivamoment.
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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