Originally Posted by dan1529
But you always can't control what formative experiences you might have when you put 100+ amazing people in a room together, and it turns out that in a sense, I feel like I got more out of the conference than I bargained for. Maybe more than I'm ready for. I'm not sure what will come out of this experience just yet.
Dan, I too got more out of this event than I ever thought I would. I think that comes from approaching it with an open mind, an open heart and no expectation other than to experience it fully. And I know from talking with you that you did experience it fully. Like many of us who were there, you tried new things (raw food, anyone?) and met amazing people who challenged your perceptions and preconceptions -- and that can't help but have an impact on you.
But I know you and I think you are ready for it. Maybe you are not ready for all of it at once, like you said, but you are ready to get started, if you just take it in small steps and build on your past successes.
I know I am not ready for all of it yet either. The one concrete task that I gave myself was to start (another) 30 day trial of waking up early. I even went to a concert (PINK w/ the TING TINGS - OH YEAH!) on Monday night after coming back with you on the red-eye and I still forced myself to get up at 6:30AM the next day and even attended a breakfast meeting at 8AM! That one simple change to align my habits with my desires has had a ripple effect of empowering me in many ways. I spoke up at the meeting - THREE TIMES! - and I got more done by noon than I sometimes accomplish all day. And that felt pretty damn good, so I'm trying for the same thing today!
Keep practicing (authority!) and you will figure it out over time. And in the meantime, just keep enjoying the journey!