Skip to main content

My Journey to the Plan

Our baby is now six months old. Time really flies. It has been a real joy to spend time with her and see her grow daily.

I have received a number of positive comments about my last blog. I am glad you liked it. Let go and let God is a principle that I am learning to embrace. I have read about it a number of times, and I thought I was doing it, but I don't think I had totally released control until recently. How did it happen? So many things happened at the same time that led me realize that I had to let it go. One of them is the experience of my good friend Emmanuel Lopez a.k.a Motivatorman.

About a year ago, I met Emmanuel just to catch up after my summer in Africa. Emmanuel and I have been friends since 2005, and ever since we made a tradition to meet regularly to talk about...life.
As we were talking, he shared with me that he was going through one of the toughest moments of his life. From our previous conversations, I knew things were not easy for him, but he always kept a positive attitude about everything.

I don't remember the rest of our conversation that day, all that I can recall is that we agreed that I was going to help him get back on track. I didn't know that we were about to experience a heck of a ride together.

The plan was simple. We first talked about his goals. What he wanted to accomplish for the next three months. Once done, each Monday, he had to e-mail me his plan for the week, and on Friday we would discuss about the results he had produced that week. My role was to hold him accountable and make sure that he did what he said he was going to do, and offer him some coaching if needed. I knew that by him focusing on the tasks at hand would create a good momentum towards achieving his goals.

For an entire year we never missed a week. Along the way, Emmanuel experienced a number of breakthroughs as well as disappointments. But he kept the course

Some things started to happen. At first it was about me helping him. Then it became helping each other, as every week he would tell me inspiring stories about how things were unfolding for him. Now I was looking forward to our Friday conversation just to hear one more time what he had to say as I desperately needed inspiration myself.

And then, about three and a half weeks ago, the amazing thing happen!

It was during our Friday call. As we were sharing about our experiences of the week, I mentioned to him an e-mail I had received from a minister. The minister said that many people create plans and ask God to bless their plans, instead of going to God and ask Him about His plan for them.

When Emmanuel heard that, he shouted: “That's it! That is what I am going to do! Instead of me sending you my plan for the week, I am going to ask God about His plan, and each Friday I am going to send you the results of my activities”.

It was as simple as that. I was curious to find out what happened.

Now it has been three and a half weeks since that conversation, and what happened ever since is simply a miracle. It is breakthrough after breakthrough. I am seeing a life being transformed before my eyes. Every one of Emmanuel dreams is happening at a speed that he has never seen. As I am writing now, Emmanuel is in New York (a trip he never thought he would take), and I am sure he is promoting his just released book. For five years he was trying to publish his book, and the very first week he asked God to handle everything for him, his book is now on amazon.com. How cool is that? Check out his book at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AH0EW5C

Emmanuel really inspired me and his story came to me at a time I really needed to hear something like that. Did I decide to jump as well and let God handle my things? Not right away. Something else happened. That was the trigger. You might be wondering what happened. That will be the subject of my next blog. So, stay tune.

Moral of the story? Do you want to publish your first book? Just have no plan and you will go to New York.


Always a pleasure

Patrick
The Journeyman


Comments

  1. Wow, thanks for featuring my recent success story about my new book on your blog Patrick! You have really helped transform my mindset over the past year of your business/life coaching!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Emmanuel, Congratulations on the release of your new book! Great Job my friend

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Journey with Fidèle

It has been quite a few busy weeks that involved a round trip to Ottawa on Saturday and preaching during a Sunday church service (yes, I was surprised too when I was asked to do it). All this time I was thinking about what I would be writing about on this week’s blog. I had a vague idea, but I did not know how to formulate it.
That was until I received a message on Facebook from a friend asking me to speak at an upcoming event in January. The topic of my presentation would be “The Moment that Defined Your Life”. The person who sent me the invitation did not know that I had been thinking about the same topic days prior to her message.
It all started when I was at a Toronto Raptors game. I have been reporting on the games for almost two months now, but I am still in awe every time I am at the arena. I can’t believe this is happening to me. I have been in rooms with childhood idols, biggest stars of the game, coaches, reporters, you name it. And every time I am saying “wow”. The other day,…

My Journey with a man of faith

Many years ago, I heard a businessman say that if you don’t have a dream, be around dreamers. Now, I am going to add to his statement and say that if you don’t have faith, be around people of faith.
I met this gentleman over sixteen years ago when I first came to Canada. After a few months, we became roommates. It was very fun evenings among friends hearing and telling funny jokes. We didn’t know what we would become later, but I knew this guy was going somewhere. He was a devoted Christian man, playing music in two different churches. He had a picture in his room with a huge crowd on it and I knew he was meant to impact people’s lives. Little did I know I would be, many years later among the people who would be impacted by his life.
We went our separate ways but kept in touch. He later became a Pastor (and I was not surprised at all by that), and I attended his church a few times.
In 2013, I was going through one of the toughest moments of my life and I needed help. I didn’t know wh…

My Journey with the Orange Ball

I have to say that the feedback I received from last week's blog was overwhelming. It made me realize how selfish I was for not sharing my up and down journey. Many of you readers have reached out to share your journeys with me. I was so blessed by each of you and the part of your life journey you shared with me.  I have learned that whatever I am going through, somebody else is going through worse. That helps me put things into perceptive.
    Thank you.
Last Saturday I got to watch the rerun of the Basketball Hall of Fame Ceremonies. It was an amazing show. All the inductees shared their stories; some of them were very emotional while others were simply funny.
It is quite an honour to be chosen to be in a select group of elite players, coaches, executives and many others who have impacted the game in many ways.
As there is little chance for me to be a Basketball hall of famer (the chances are almost zero, but I am keeping an open mind), I am glad I have a platform on which I can sha…