Hello, my friend.
This particular blog is more of a personal note to all of you.
I am so excited to be back with you!
Many of you have heard the Greek myth about the Phoenix, the mythological bird rising from the ashes. I remember reading about it as a child. Metaphorically speaking, I feel like a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes and is ready to soar like an eagle again.
As some of you know, I have recently recovered from a pretty serious surgery where I had a brain tumor. It was not cancer, thankfully.
I am absolutely full of gratitude for many people, most notably my wife and children, my extended family, and so many friends, associates, and clients who reached out to me with words of encouragement and support. These have carried me through this episode.
One of the things I found fascinating is that so many people – in messages and voicemails – used my own lessons that I’ve been teaching for a long, long time to give me encouragement.
They were saying, essentially, “Ed, as I learned from you, it’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about what happens to you.”
This reinforcement put me in a very powerful and equipped space; but also in a place where I thought, “You know, I have been telling people this for such a long time. If I don’t live up to the words I have been preaching, what does that say about me?”
I have used the encouraging words and supportive thoughts from many of you to fuel me through a significant effort and recovery.
The healthcare providers and the cognitive therapists have done miraculous work with me, and I am very, very pleased.
I worked hard, I will say that; but I had an amazing amount of help and support.
More than anything else, I am full of gratitude and very much looking forward to my business, my family, and the rest of my life.
For some of you, these words might sound hollow, cliché, or trite; but let me tell you as someone who has just been through a life-impacting event, they are anything but any of those superficial labels.
You feel it very, very deeply when you are down and out, and you can easily begin to feel sorry for yourself. This is where others play a key role in your life. They reach out to you and remind you of what your purpose is, what your vision is, and what your dreams are.
When you start to focus on those things instead of your present circumstances, it really does give you the energy, drive, and desire to press on.
I am just so overflowing with thankfulness, gratitude, and love for so many people that loved me when I needed it.
My business is already started back up. I have begun coaching several clients again, and have just this month taken on some brand new clients. It has been great to be back on monthly calls with those in the Ascend on Demand and Ascend Certified Trainers groups. The people in those groups are phenomenal. It is exciting to see lives and businesses being changed, and it gives me great joy to have a part in those changes.
When you go through a deep valley, the rise that follows can be significant. I invite you to join me on the journey in this coming year, as I believe deep within my being that this will be a significant year for many of you. It would be my joy to help you climb the mountain to reach the goals that you – right now – have in your mind.
But it goes beyond the goals, and this I have come to fully realize in the last several months. It is about building the kind of life that supports you when you need it. My recent journey has made me realize the inherent (and, frankly unexpected) value of a well-invested life…and thus, it is with passion that I say, “Let me help you build yours, too.”
I invite you to be the Phoenix rising from the ashes in your life – and to make this next year be the year you soar to new heights. Let’s work together to make this next year the best year!
As a thank you for your support and to encourage you to take a powerful step in the direction of your best life or your best year in business, I have decided to offer a special rate for the Ascend on Demand coaching program for those who take action before December 31, 2017.
And, again…Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! for your prayers and support in recent months. There are no words to adequately convey how much they have meant to me and my family.
And you know I’m going to say it…”Wherever you are, make it a great day!” Take care, my friends.
Ed DeCosta is one of the most engaging executive coaches and thought leaders of our time. He delivers results with companies of all sizes, from high tech start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Ed is an ICF certified professional coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in international management from the University of Texas, and an MBA from the University of Texas. Ed is also an adjunct faculty member in West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics, teaching Professional Selling and entrepreneurship courses.