Small Steps and the World Domination Summit

by Tanya Geisler on · 4 comments

There are about a mil­lion dif­fer­ent ways to begin a jour­ney. You can dream, plan, plot, map. This is inte­gral to the process.

And just like you, my head is filled with dreams, plans, plots and maps. Places I want to go, meals I want to pre­pare, books I want to write, can­vasses I want to adorn, audi­ences I want to thrill, lives I want to touch and bel­lies I want to fill.

But there is no step is more cru­cial to the jour­ney than tak­ing the actual first step. You know: old-school. Foot on the ground. The next one in front of the other. Rinse and repeat.

Ear­lier this month, I had the good for­tune to be in Port­land, Ore­gon attend­ing the World Dom­i­na­tion Sum­mit. A heav­enly place for a sub­lime con­fer­ence. It’s the brain­child of Chris Guille­beau who is a well-loved and admired author, explorer and a kind and gen­er­ous soul.

The pur­pose of the event is to gather folks with shared val­ues of adven­ture, com­mu­nity, and ser­vice. The “world dom­i­na­tion” lan­guage speaks to world ser­vice: con­tri­bu­tion, engage­ment and influ­ence. The theme cen­ters around this deli­cious question:

“How do you live a remark­able life in an uncon­ven­tional world?”

This ques­tion was the spring­board for the speak­ers: authors, TED Talk-ers, activists and other Super Stars all doing truly remark­able things. It was also, of course, the gen­e­sis of con­ver­sa­tion amongst atten­dees, and before any of us allowed our­selves to com­pare our­selves to each other and judge our­selves harshly with whether we were doing “enough”, Brené Brown offered this in her keynote:

“The oppo­site of scarcity is not abun­dance, it is enough.”

So, we all self-managed, didn’t keep score of what we were (or weren’t doing), enjoyed sum-zero judg­ment, good con­ver­sa­tion and tons of inspiration.

Con­text: 2011 was the WDS’s first year with 500 in atten­dance. In 2012, 1000 attended (5000 were on the wait­ing list). Incred­i­ble, really.

How in the world can I pos­si­bly be talk­ing about Chris’s mas­sive feat in the con­text of “small steps” here at The Jun­gle of Life?

Because the World Dom­i­na­tion Sum­mit, like every book, mas­ter­piece, song, project and jour­ney began with an idea first, and then a step.

So here I am, back in my home, time zones and worlds away from the WDS expe­ri­ence, inspired and awed by the sto­ries of feats and suc­cesses that I was treated to in Port­land and a whis­per of a quote haunts me:

Inspi­ra­tion with­out action is called enter­tain­ment.”

I know I for one didn’t travel 2000+ miles away from my fam­ily just to be entertained.

It’s time for action. It’s time to get those dreams, plans, plots and maps out of my head and into my life. And here’s what I know:

1) Any step is a step: declare the goal and claim it. The honey lies in between com­mit­ment and activation.

2) It won’t be per­fect. WDS wasn’t per­fect and moreso, Chris KNEW it wouldn’t be per­fect. In the very first moments of the con­fer­ence, he offered this: “for best results, just add flex­i­bil­ity.” Per­fec­tion­ism is really and truly just another way to procrastinate.

3) We don’t need to go it alone. Ask for the help. WDS came together with the love, sup­port and hard work of a ded­i­cated team of ambas­sadors and volunteers.

4) Do not judge the length of your step. It is enough. I am enough. You are enough.

5) Your step will inspire the same in oth­ers. Action ampli­fies inspiration…just like magic.

6) Be gen­er­ous. Look around you, and notice where you can sup­port oth­ers with YOUR help as they take their own baby steps.

The love story starts with a wave.

The epic tome starts with a “There”.

The mas­ter­piece starts with a dipped brush.

The jour­ney starts with a step.

Just start. From here.

Clar­ity. Action. Achieve­ment. Joy. Tanya Geisler is a CTI-certified coach (a.k.a. “cat­a­lyst, not ther­a­pist”) and speaker who believes that life is a grand production…and it’s time for you to step into your star­ring role. And radi­ate. Right now.
Tanya Geisler
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