I believe in dreams, but you have to take action” – Oprah Winfrey December, 2010
May I share a story with you, my fellow coaches?
My head is still spinning from the events of the past week. It’s all a little surreal and I’m still processing all of it…… my synapses are overloaded!
Last Friday evening I had dinner with Oprah.
I was incredibly fortunate to be invited to join my lovely friend, Megan Castran, and sixteen other guests for a ‘Taco Night’ dinner.
This is actually very much Megan’s story so I’ll give you run down on how this dinner came to fruition. Megan is a jeweller, a prolific You Tube video blogger (Jewel Chic channel) and she has a phenomenal following on facebook for her ‘Jewel Chic” page.
Megan and I met and developed our friendship while boxing at our training studio – we both have a competitive streak and spur each other on to fuel our desire to be fit, healthy and strong for ourselves and our families. Megan LOVES Oprah. Oprah inspires her, Oprah was the impetus for her jewellery business and Oprah is Megan’s passion. Megan has met Oprah a couple of times and on one occasion passed her business card to Oprah. Oprah kept it in her draw for four years with a promise that if she ever came to Australia she would look Megan up!
Oprah kept her promise.
Oprah arrived at Megan’s door (cue squealing, gasping and astonishment from myself and all my ‘Taco Night’ buddies!!), with two bottles of tequila. We had Taco’s, did tequila shots with Oprah, ate cake, danced to Ross Wilson singing ‘Eagle Rock’ (there’s a You Tube video of us dancing – I’m the not-so-groovy but wildly enthusiastic dancer in the pink dress) and Oprah conducted a round-table discussion on a range of topics which was filmed and will become part of the four ‘Australian’ shows.
Oprah is extraordinary. She was warm, funny, highly intelligent, down-to- earth and her presence is palpable. She is also very beautiful and smiles and laughs constantly. In coaching we refer to our ‘physiology’ – Oprah’s physiology is exceptional. Her rapport and ability to connect with every person in the room was unique and powerful.
I trust you will enjoy looking at the photo I’ve included with this article. It is a very special picture for me because I did have a private conversation with Oprah for a few minutes. Just Oprah and I. You can see us with our heads together. Our coaching training in ‘questioning’ came to the fore. I asked Oprah a question, and I think she was completely surprised. I could devote another whole article to this brief discussion with Oprah, suffice to say that I listened; I was curious, I was aware of my own physiology and instinctively matched and mirrored. I felt completely at ease in my conversation with her, and at the conclusion of the chat she asked for my name. My conversation with Oprah has had a profound effect on me.
But there’s more…..
Oprah then invited us to come to Sydney to see her show at the Opera House. We flew in a private Gulfstream 450 jet (worth 47million and only six months old) by Southern Cross Jets. Stayed in Potts Point and designer Camilla Franks dressed us for the show.
Tuesday morning saw our ‘Taco Team’ ushered into the second and third rows of the Opera House for the show. I was deeply moved by Terri Irwin’s interview when talking about raising children on her own; loved Jay Z discussing how RAP is a forum for young people to tell their story, and then we rocked to Bon Jovi. John Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora only meters away!
We were all then taken backstage to join Oprah and her Producers at the end of the show.
It was an incredible experience on so many levels. My gratitude to Megan for my invitation to be part of the Oprah Taco-Night is immeasurable. I am simply over-joyed to have witnessed her happiness and her dream come true.
It is now 12months since I sat in the room at TCI for my intake weekend.
The difference in me personally in the past twelve months is enormous.
There is much to share about my own story and my personal and professional circumstances, however one of the greatest changes in me is that I don’t dwell in the past anymore, I am just so excited about the future. What you focus on is absolutely what you get!
Thank you for taking the time to read my little story and share with me in some pretty exciting recent events.
May I conclude by extending my appreciation and gratitude to Sharon, Joe and all of the TCI team. It has been the learning, the guidance, knowledge and support provided by TCI that has been a huge factor in my recent events. Also, a very special thanks to my own coaches, mentors and friends who have supported me throughout the year – Hay Lam Yau, Shiona Long and Laura Hanu.
I would like to conclude with something that Oprah shared with us after the cameras were switched off…. She reminded us about the laws of motion – what we put out will determine what we get back, and that we must Dream Large, Have Deep belief and take Massive Action.
I have this feeling that there’s more to come so stay tuned!
Best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.