Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Trains, Planes, and Automobiles

How far would you travel to answer your most burning question?

A mile? A hundred miles? A thousand miles?

How about 4,687 miles?

In February, I'm flying 4,687 miles to attend Pat O'Bryan's Unseminar 3 -- Edinburgh to London to Washington to Austin. Half-way across the world in search of an answer to one simple question.

It's a fill-in-the-blanks question -- "Who the heck am I to _____?"

"Who the heck am I to write an ebook?"
"Who the heck am I to send out an email to my subscribers?"
"Who the heck am I to publish a newsletter?"

It's a simple question but it took months to discover.

Like searching for fossils in rocks, I slowly chipped away at all my fears and excuses -- all the reasons why I couldn't or shouldn't.

And at the centre of each rock I found the same old fossil -- the same limiting question "Who the heck am I?"

Was that it? Was that the source of all my problems? Had I really traced back all my negative emotions to that one question?

I thought it'd be something deep and meaningful. Something complex and unique.

But it wasn't. It's a simple, straightforward question.

Maybe if you start chipping away at your rocks -- your limiting beliefs -- you'll discover a similar question.

And once you have that question, how far will you travel to answer it?

I'm hoping to find the answer to my question 4,687 miles away in Austin, Texas.

I'll let you know if I do.

I'll see you on the back roads...