"...Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can."
From "The Victor" by C.W. Longnecker
Yesterday, at long last, with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background, my name was called.
I walked to the waiting dignitaries, shook hands, hugged, accepted my "diploma" and took my place with the other graduates.
It was BOLD graduation day! Whoo-hoo!!
These are just the graduates from my market center...only about half of the total graduates.
I've spent every Thursday for the past seven weeks with an awesome group of people who shared a common goal of moving their real estate business to the next level. I was a proud member of the BOLD Avengers, competing against other teams in various Realtor events.
But Keller William's BOLD program ("Business Objective: Life by Design) turned out to be much more than just a real estate training class. Many of my classmates were taking BOLD for the third, fourth, or fifth time. For a few, this was their tenth time through the program, because each time it helps you to a new level of thinking and business.
It's Positive Thinking on steroids. It's learning to be responsible for the choices you make...and to make choices that direct you to the life you envision for yourself, rather than accepting the default version.
If you've read my blog for long, you know I'm a positive thinker, looking ahead instead of behind as I hit hurdles and have to put my other passions on a shelf... my books and screenplays, blogging, photography...
You patiently tag along, offering encouragement and support.
That's what BOLD is... a huge support system that moves you past your fears and self-doubts... only up-close and personal, with greater challenges, bigger goals, and practical tools.
So when, during the second week of the class, my mom was rushed to the hospital and ultimately had her gall bladder removed, I still achieved my weekly goals by keeping my "attention" on my "intention". No excuses. This is my business.
It's true: You can have a life by design, or by default. It's your choice.
"Aim high, act bold, and live large."
And now it's on to more growth and knowledge: I start a new weekly training on Tuesday...