You’re a 14-year-old gymnast. Until now, you’ve lived a seemingly normal life. You’ve attended school, completed weekly chores, showed up at pizza parties… all the usual teenage stuff.
But now, you’re getting close to what could be the biggest moment of your life.
You’re training for the Olympics, and you have only two years until your life could change forever. You could make the leap from being an unknown girl in Virginia Beach to an international icon.
THE FULL IMMERSION TRAINING PLAN
So you train. And you practice. And you envision victory. You immerse yourself in the process with a guide—your expert-level trainer—who will lead you through physical workouts, teach you calming meditations, show you practice film to compare your form to past Olympians, and make you listen to music options for your routines.
When you’re on your way to practice, grabbing a quick bite to eat, or reading before you go to bed at night, you’re still thinking about what having an Olympic medal placed around your neck will feel like. Maybe you even select books written by former olympic athletes and listen to interviews on their training regimens. Around the clock, you are fully immersed in your dream.
Eventually, you look around and realize you’re doing it… You’ve made it onto the Olympic team, and you’re representing the U.S. on the biggest platform in the world.
The big day comes. Before you begin your floor routine, you play back everything you’ve done over the last two years. You do a calming meditation, get a last-minute reminder from your coach, and wait for the music to begin.
IT’S TIME TO STICK THE LANDING.
You launch into your routine, and before you know it, you are standing in your final pose. You’ve stuck the landing, and you can’t help but smile from ear to ear.
Later, when the awards ceremony begins, a gold medal is placed around your neck. It feels better than you imagined. In a mere two years, you’ve launched yourself from an underdog to a national hero and international celebrity. You’ve accomplished your dreams.
This is the story of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas. Gabby, now a three-time gold medalist, was the first African American to ever win the women’s individual all-around. In the span of two years, her immersive training experience took her from a 5’2” no name to a towering gymnastics superstar. Since winning, she’s been featured on countless magazine covers and talk shows. She even had a movie made after her and a Barbie made in her honor. There’s no question… she’s arrived.
WHAT’S YOUR EPIPHANY MOMENT?
Gabby’s story reminds me of my friend Linnea’s career leap.
Like Gabby, Linnea advanced from an average level—which most people are content with—to unparalleled success.
In the span of six months, Linnea jumped FOUR TITLES! Can you imagine that? Most people look forward to a promotion that advances them only one title. Four at once is unheard of.
After completing her MBA, Linnea knew she wanted something more, but she wasn’t sure what that was. Before long, she found our Happen To Your Career podcast.
Once she found us, she binge-listened to every episode. A couple months into listening, Linnea claims she experienced her EPIPHANY MOMENT.
While listening to our episode on How to Confidently Land Your Dream Job with Laura Morrison, Linnea realized Laura had the self-actualization she longed for. Immediately, she joined Career Change Bootcamp, and now, six months later, she’s a Senior Vice President of her company.
FULL IMMERSION MADE EVERYTHING COME FULL CIRCLE.
Linnea’s process involved full immersion, as she not only listened to the podcast, met with her career coach, and completed the Career Change Bootcamp modules, but she also scheduled unlimited meetings with potential employers, bought books written by our podcast guests (like “Wait, How Do I Write This Email?” by Daniel Rubin), and wrote follow-up letters to everyone she met along the way. (She did all of this while continuing to work her full-time job as a Marketing Manager.)
Linnea took advantage of every free moment, listening to podcast episodes while running on the treadmill, listening to audiobooks on her commute to work, setting up meetings while watching TV… She didn’t waste a second.
Today, Linnea is exactly where she wants to be. Only six months since joining Career Change Bootcamp, she’s moved from listening to the podcast to being featured on it! As she loves to say, “everything has come full circle.”
To hear all about Linnea’s inspiring story directly from her, click the play button below.
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