Life is one helluva road trip, isn’t it?
At midnight tonight, my odometer will be ticking over to a brand new decade as I complete my fortieth circuit around the Sun.
Currently, I’m riding shotgun as Ashlinn pilots us westward back to Nashville. We spent a couple of magical days at a quaint cabin in the Smoky Mountains to kick off my birthday-month celebrations.
After a couple of intense weeks on the work front, we were both in need of some serious decompressing. It was also a great opportunity for us to talk about where we’ve been in our lives thus far and where we’d like to go together from here.
As I approach this new milestone, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection recently on the lessons I’ve learned in both my personal and business paths over the last decade.
In fact, my main stage talk at VO Atlanta, ‘The Inner & Outer Game of Voiceover Marketing,’ was all about that. Based on my experience of both re-entering the world of singledom and re-building my voiceover business from scratch back in 2015, I discovered that there are many parallels between dating and marketing.
Both are, after all, about making connections and building relationships.
In order to create high-quality relationships in either domain, we must do some serious inner work first. We need to be grounded in a sense of worth and esteem. We need to be willing to grow and change. We need to identify our purpose and a vision for the life we want. We need to learn how to be real and vulnerable with others.
If we go out into the world without doing this sort of work, all of our outer approaches and expressions end up being tinged by desperation, expectations and hidden agendas.
Sure, we might get some one-night stands or short-term wins here and there, but those don’t really fuel us.
To truly fill our tank, in both love and business, we need relationships that can help us to grow and flourish on the long-haul of life.
Make this week magnificent!