Midnight marked the end of the voting cycle for the Next Top Spiritual Author competition. In the final days I noticed that there was no panic... no rush to push through last minute voters. Oh sure, I continued to promote - that’s just being smart - but there was no panic in my promotion. No desperation in my requests. I was at peace.
The judges won't make their announcement for a few days but, I knew I had done the best I knew how in terms of promotion and, I had already won in ways that were immeasurable. I have formed new friendships and alliances from would be ‘competitors’ and challenged the modern day thinking of competition vs collaboration.
Chris Cade subscribes to a greater way of being and a conscious way in which to do business. He created a collaborative team and, to my good fortune, he invited me to be a part of it. And in this collaboration, I experienced the utopia of what my heart believes in how business can be conducted.
I was late in submitting my book proposal for the competition because I felt ‘stuck’. Chris sent encouraging emails chipping away at my wall of fear. He even offered to talk to me from his trip in Bermuda to help me get over my barriers.
I had not set up my blog and they encouraged me to get one started ASAP. In fact, Thea Westra sent me information outlining why it was so important and then offered me no latitude in my excuses (and full access to her brilliance) – that is one helluva coach frankly!
It’s hard to play small when you are among such giants.
It will be a few days before the judges announce their selections for Round 3.
Winning is in the eye of the beholder.
And I am holding the blue ribbon.