Jack Canfield Asked for My Autograph

A few days ago, I got to bask in the glory of some of my heroes. It was EPIC Day in Santa Monica, and the name of the event couldn’t be more fitting. Yes, from just inches away (I was at the front row table—thank you, Alexa and Tina) I got to hear and feel the words of Lisa Nichols, Dr. Demartini, Jack Canfield, Rebecca Rosen and Rev. Michael Beckwith.

The gist of the day was a roadmap to launching, living and loving your own epic life in 2018. The take-aways were:

  • What you place the highest value on in your life is what you manifest
  • Take five actions every day to reach your goal and report to your accountability friend everyday for thirty days, no exceptions.
  • Visualize twice a day in detail you reaching your goal (every little detail and how you feel in that moment)
  • Ask for help—you must become an “askhole” (love that, Jack Canfield)
  • You are you. You are weird. Your dream is not anyone else’s

Most of us are, you guessed it, out of sync with these because we compare ourselves to everyone else. News flash—they are not us. Go figure. So, we live small, avoid risks and asking for help. But, “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”-Dr. Demartini.

So, I became an askhole. I sat at my table after hearing Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, trying to get up the courage to actually follow everyone’s advice from that day. With sweaty palms, I grabbed my book, Waters Rise, from my purse and walked over to Jack who was sitting just a few feet away. My heart was racing, and I was going over what I would say. But I had one chance to do it.

Jack was by himself—what are the odds. It was breaktime and everyone at his table had left. He was looking down and didn’t see me approaching. From behind, I said in a shaky voice, “Hi, Jack. I wanted to introduce myself and give you a copy of my book that I just self-published. It’s a young adult book to inspire young people to use their voice, overcome their challenges. It’s one of a series I plan to write to start to a conversation about community service and how it can help make the US a better place to live.”

Jack turned to me and looked up as I gave my pitch. “Well, first of all, I want to congratulate you for writing a book. That is no small feat. I will read your book. Thank you.” He opened the cover and handed me a pen to autograph it. I signed my name, thanked him and went back to my seat.

I overcame fear that just a few years ago would have crippled me. But, what do I have to lose. The worst that could happen is that he never reads it. The best that could happen is that he reads it, loves it and helps me reach my goal to sell 1,000,000 copies. Maybe somewhere in between is what will happen and that will be enough, because the real help I got that day was from me—to finally start living big!

Thank you, Marcy Cole, for being a warrior of light and bringing these amazing people into our lives and for the amazing work of CMomA and Kidsave, helping families adopt and care for older kids and kids with special needs.