Sunday, June 23, 2013

Offering Possibilities

I am addicted to possibility.  

It's why I love ideas.  Why I make endless plans and live most happily in my dreams.

I can see the possibilities and they get me really, really excited.

"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential, for the eye which sees the possible.  Pleasure disappoints, possibility never." 
-Soren Kiekegaard"

If you can tickle that sense of possibility in me, you have me.  You have me for a $4,500.00 teacher training or a pile of czech glass beads on Etsy. You have me because I believe that what you have to offer is going to move me toward my dreams. Those beads are going to help me get what I really want (and it's not the beads).

What I believe is in the promise of those beads. That I can take those beads and make some great earrings that I can then sell.  And if I can sell those, maybe I can make more jewelry and turn it into a thriving income stream.  I start to envision how those beads will get me closer to building a life around what I enjoy and living freely.

I don't think I'm the only one who thinks like this. Every major purchase from my house to my Master's Degree, I made because I bought into the possibilities I saw in them.

So I ask you, my friends who are putting your work out there, who are offering classes and products for people like me...

Where will your offering take me? 
To answer this, you need to know where I'm really looking to go.  What are my goals?  What do I really want?  What do I envision for myself?  Is it the same as what you're dreaming of?  How will your artwork, class, product or e-book help me see the possibilities of what I can create for myself?  Can you show me, teach me, empower me, inspire me, hold me accountable, hold space for me to figure it all out myself? You don't have to do all of these things, but I need to be able to see and feel where you will take me.

What does your offering make possible for me? Paint me a pretty picture-what will I be able to do, what will I know, what will my finished work look like if I try it your way? I really want to be improving and moving forward and maybe you're just the person to help.

I'm very willing to invest in myself-in education, in resources, in tools.  But I need you to paint the possibility for me.  Get me feeling it.  Get me forming all kinds of pretty sugarplums dancing in my head of what could be.

What separates you from slimy advertising-type people is the possibilities you describe are rooted in a genuine desire to help people live the lives they imagine (not just sell them a pile of dung).  It's about seeing wants and deeper needs and responding with your own strengths and possible solutions to move people forward. 
Here's a site I love that doesn't sell a thing at the moment, but accomplishes exactly what I'm talking about.  It gets me dreaming.  It shows me what's possible through real stories of women who have begun to make different, radical changes in their lives.  Women who are setting down the expected and moving in the world in a new way.  It shows me it's never to late to choose beauty and joy and the possibility of where choosing differently can lead.  

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