The Power of New Beginnings: Pregnant Pauses
I was in client-in-crisis crash mode as flew to LA ahead of the Duchess on Thursday. Yes, I was facing an any-moment-now fertility cycle in Vegas, but this was not about me right now.
There was a media frenzy surrounding the secrecy of the Oprah interview. The Duchess was buried in a torrent of media requests and bad publicity. Her life was under a microscope. And she was lost.
I sat with the Duchess in the hotel suite on Friday and then watched as Oprah did an incredible job with the interview as I knew she would. It was personal and raw but compassionate, and the Duchess felt safe. Oprah let the Duchess share her intentions and allowed her to heal as only Oprah Winfrey can. It was transformative: The Duchess let go of her problems and connected to her true self again, finding and figuring out how to make her way back to Sarah. I realized how lucky I was to be there for her in that moment when she started to let go.
And suddenly I realized, it was not just the Duchess who let go: I had let go too. For these few days, I had forgotten all my worry and sadness over my fertility treatments. I had been so preoccupied and focused on what I had to do for the Duchess, I had been the least of my concerns.
That turned out to be the best thing I could have wished for. I felt something different. I felt our time had come. I felt the energy and the need to blog again and finally share the news of the failed cycle and let go of that too. I wrote with hope about the current cycle. I emailed the blog from the plane to Vegas that night to meet Darren for Saturday’s transfer.
Karma kickback I always say: Do good and good happens. I cannot imagine better proof that this is true. Our baby is due in early 2011. That news I shared with the Oprah folks as soon as I could.
And I am grateful the good that happened and the letting go have carried over to K2. I have the right team in place for this all to turn out fabulously for the business and me.
You see I will be involved every part of the day-to-day life of raising my child, but I no longer NEED to be involved in every part of the day-to-day of running the agency. Sure, I weigh in on all the big picture strategies and decisions for the clients and K2. I’ll do that when the baby comes too! But the team handles the day-to-day media relations, tactics, and strategies – I trust them and so do the clients.
And that’s the way it should be and I always wanted it to be but never quite got there until recently. Year after year, I felt I needed to be involved in everything and control every aspect of the accounts and business.
Now I know what Tony Robbins meant when he said that’s the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That is not my job. The team is accountable and responsible for all we do at K2 – it is about the agency and them, not just me.
The Duchess counted on me to help her get to the place where she could let go. And now I count on my team to do that for K2 every day, while I have this baby and beyond.
Of course, they could not have been happier for us when we told them the news. “Don’t worry,” they all said. “We’ve got it covered.”
Count on it.