What Can You Do? - Leadership SHIFT Tip

When I was writing my memoir, Shift, I struggled with its ending. Eventually, my editor shared, "Michael, it's a book - it needs to end." Sounding a little defensive, I replied, "Yes, I know, but I'm still living with it - it never ends for me." 

About four weeks ago, I tweaked one of my knees when I was, wait for it...stretching. Yes, that's right. I injured myself stretching. Lululemon had to revoke my membership card.  I was still living with my accident.  

The initial prognosis was so bleak that the voice in my head thought my cycling days were over. At a minimum, I was confident that I had to cancel my special, MS charity ride in Utah at the end of September. 

I wasn't happy. I needed a few P.B.R.s to make this shift. 

Well, today I got a little orthopedic spa treatment - lavender and essential oils included - and a hopeful prognosis that will put me in Utah. It won't be the ride I envisioned four weeks ago, but something is always better than nothing.  It's what I can do. 

And although the last few weeks have been challenging, it was a great reminder that we always have a choice in what we choose to see. We can focus on what we can't do and don't have or make a shift to see what we still have and can do. 

After all, when we are aware that we go where our eyes go, it helps us choose to be happy. Which is the exact way I ended Shift.

p.s., Oh, and this is crazy -  the charity ride I referenced supports the multiple sclerosis advocacy group, Can Do MS.  Hello, universe. 

p.s.s, And one final thing for tonight. This opportunity is just for you - my special peeps who subscribe to our Shift Tip.  

Next Thursday, I will be celebrating my birthday with a little applesauce cake and would like for you to join me in The Pace Line. 

The Pace Line is your place to help you grow your career and achieve personal success. I created it for those without access to corporate sponsored executive coaching and eager to level up in all aspects of life.  

This month our focus is, well, staying focus and being present and we are profiling Catherine Price's book, How to Break Up with your Phone. 

Enrollment to The Pace Line only happens four times a year, but I'm opening registration from now until midnight Saturday as a little birthday special. 

By joining now, you will get access to all the courses, a copy of How to Break up with your Phone, September's exclusive interview with Catherine, and executive coaching. 

Usually, your first month of The Pace Line is $199, but when you sign up by Saturday, it's only $51 (yep, that's my new age) when you use the coupon code: birthday. 

You can click Paceline to discover more. I hope you will join us for a little birthday celebration.  

Have fun storming the castle! This is something we can all do.   

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