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Barri Carian, past president, NAWBO-OC  

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Hit the deck or counter attack?
When the energy is aligned anything is possible
The weekend before Thanksgiving, I participated in the Susan Komen three-day, 60-mile walk in San Diego. A few days before the event, I was questioning why in the world I had agreed to it. I wasn’t sure I could go the distance, I didn’t know what to expect of the event or my body, and I hadn’t trained – yikes!  

Then I arrived and … wow!

It's difficult to describe what it's like to be surrounded by several thousand people with a common goal and feel their energy move through you. All of a sudden I knew I could make it. The vision became clear, and I felt the support of my team as well as all the other participants, those people I did not know but who were there for the same reason. I saw walkers giving someone in need a Band-Aid from their precious supply, getting a teammate's lunch when she couldn’t walk any farther or slowing down to keep a fellow walker company along the journey. I witnessed the community come out to cheer us forward, many with their small children, and offer us sustenance to boost our energy as they raised signs thanking us for our efforts. I felt appreciated, acknowledged and supported for doing something important.

Having a shared purpose created an excitement and an alignment of energy that, in turn, created powerful results. Many of us reached beyond our normal capacity and endurance, and achieved what we didn’t think was possible.

As business owners, we’ve heard and read about the power of alignment, of having a shared vision and purpose. Well, I just experienced that power. And I believe in these challenging times, the survival of our businesses may depend, in part, on creating that vision and shared purpose that everyone can rally around.