Knowing your destination is essential, so that who you become in getting there nourishes your soul. 

– Cara Thorpe

When I first heard Steve Shallenberger speak about The Big Three Do What Matters Most Habits last January, I felt my world click into place. Kind of like gears on a machine when they all line up –  CLICK: this is what I’ve been looking for. 

What was different this time? I had written many company goals and benchmarks, but I had never sat down to create a personal vision and the roles and goals that stem from that vision to each important area of my life – like the goals for my soul.

Steve asked, “How do you know what’s important if you don’t have a vision of what you want? And if you don’t have a destination in mind, how will you know when you’re there?”  The thought of putting down exactly where I want to go was both exciting and scary.

And so I had worked – brain and pencil on fire –  ordered my supplementary DWMM materials, and eagerly jumped in to incorporate the DWMM habits into my daily routine. I experienced immediate results. My confidence grew, my stress levels dropped, I felt like I had more time to think and plan my day. I felt more grounded. 

My experience was so profound that I decided to take the Do What Matters Most trainer course.

Why Do What Matters Most? Why another training? This was the one I’d been looking for. I saw the transformative potential for the mindset, the skillset, and the habits in the lives of everyone I’ve ever known. 

Practicing the Do What Matters Most “Big 3” habits has become a beacon for my destination and the good things to come on the journey to it. 

When I wrote “Mom” as a major role I play and attached the goal of “plan special time with each kid each week,” my eyes lit up to new opportunities. And in June, when my son declared his focus in lacrosse and set his own goals for performance, I was ready.

As any Southwest MN suburban mom would do, I asked my friends for recommendations – thanks LAX MAMAS – and signed him up for tryouts, finding a defensive camp offered in Maryland along the way through all of the registration pages.

There were many obstacles attending that camp, from my own worries about flying, to cost, to time away from family, but the goal I had for being Mom to my son surpassed them. I don’t need to tell you that the trip to itself was life changing, because you’ve already read that it was. Because I knew my destination, and because I did what mattered most.

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Cara Thorpe
Founder & Visionary
Yellow Parachute Learning Partners