What are you deeply inspired by?
What would it look like if you were wildly successful?
Those questions were recently posed to a client during an all-day strategy session. And she was having trouble.
It was those words: deeply, wildly.
She was resistant to them.
Her answers flowed more freely when deeply and wildly were removed and only inspiration and success were left.
Why do you suppose that is?
Why do two little words—deeply and wildly—cause so much trouble?
Why the reluctance to step into the deep and the wild?
At first I wondered if these words implied having more and more of something. For instance, does wildly successful imply having more money, more clients, more recognition?
It might, but I don’t think it has to.
Wildly and Deeply are not necessarily about having more.
They are about having the full version of what you want. Not the watered down, diluted, compromised one.
I think our reluctance comes from owning what we really, truly want. From the fear of wanting it. From the marching orders we then must give ourselves when we declare we want the deep and wild.
It makes me think of this:
Listen—are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
― Mary Oliver
It’s time we breathed more deeply, dreamed more wildly.
So what about you? What are you deeply inspired by? What would it look like if you were wildly successful?