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In the Fall of 2014, I almost let go of my vision to bring the Success Principles to teens. I needed a bigger paycheck. I loved the work I was doing with young people, but was just barely getting by. But the Universe kept calling me back! I can remember the day I finally gave in. "If I am meant to continue with my vision, you need to show me the money! I am going to take a nap while you figure it out"
I lay across the bed, buried my fingers in my cat's fur as she snuggled in for a nap and I fell asleep. I woke up to my phone vibrating above my head. I recognized the name. I answered. I got a job offer. A promotion to head up the ski school i had been working at part time for over 15 years. I love teaching skiing. I love working with people who are passionate about what they are doing. I would be responsible for developing a team of about 100 people who were passionate about what they were doing. And the salary was negotiable.
My first reaction was NO! I thought of the responsibility, the time commitment, and so many other reasons I shouldn't accept the position. I needed to decide. "A decision not to decide is a decision." I heard Jack Canfield's words ringing in my head. I gave myself 24 hours to decide. "It all comes down to just two choices. One choice leads you towards your vision. The other leads you away." I heard him say.
The Universe was always clear with me if I paid attention. It was always nudging me and showing me the next right step. This was the next right step. I knew it. It added passion to my life and gave me the money I was looking for. It was seasonal and allowed me to continue with my other work. Looking back, it was perfect in so many ways.
And I had no idea I was developing the skills to take even bolder and more powerful new steps that would lead me and the Pathways Team to the threshold we're standing on today.
In the Fall of 2014, I was sitting in a community forum meeting to discuss the heroin epidemic that has sunk it's teeth into our community and claimed the lives of several of our young people. I didn't want to get out of bed that day. I remember the feeling of resistance. We keep talking about the "problem". We are missing the solution. The name of the "problem" keeps changing; alcohol abuse, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, homelessness, etc. but we're not digging down deep enough for real solutions. Yes, Narcan will save lives and yes, we need effective treatment options, but ... I dozed off for a few minutes with my fingers running through my cat's soft fur. I woke up knowing I had to go.
I was seated at a breakout table titled "Education". We were assigned to the task of addressing heroin addition from an education standpoint. I spoke passionately about what I know. Kids need connection. They need to be engaged. They need passion and purpose and their own vision of success. Not what someone else tells them success looks like. They need tools to build self esteem, self worth and resiliency. The need to have a vision for their future that goes beyond the next fix or a baby to give them the love they're looking for. And they need skills and support to make their vision a reality.
The superintendent of schools sat across from me. At the end of the meeting he asked me if I was ready to work with him. A few months later, I was sitting in his office with his administrative team.
Fast forward to now. I just got a significant grant to support the Pathways to Success for Youth Team as we work with the middle and high school administration and faculty to implement a two and a half day student orientation retreat to improve school culture and create connection for the entire incoming freshman class. We are also implementing a faculty development program. We're also working on an all year program; the details are yet to be finalized. All we are doing will serve as a model for expansion to other schools.
And to think, I almost walked away. In fact I would have if I had not listened to my heart and followed the gentle nudges and the not so gentle pushes to take action.
In August, eight new members of the Pathways Team will be heading to Breakthrough to Success to train with Jack Canfield. This will make a total of twenty-two team members (some of who are my ski school staff!) with diverse skills, talents and life experiences who stand ready to assist in the next steps of the vision. as we move beyond the Mount Washington Valley.
With just a little over five weeks before we leave for Breakthrough to Success and just eight weeks before we head into the high school gymnasium to meet the freshman, I'm trusting the Universe's nudge and hoping that with a little help from our Generosity campaign and those of you who feel moved to contribute your support, that we'll be ready to take the next steps in getting this work to young people across the country!
To see the many ways you can support this powerful project, visit our How You Can Help! page
Visit https://igg.me/at/8yPfES1W2T0 to contribute to our Generosity Fundraiser.
To learn more about Trish Jacobson and get a closer look at what else she's up to visit http://www.trishajacobson.com
Pathways to Success for Youth Team
Patty Aubery, Trisha Jacobson, Jack Canfield, Mikayla Cerney
Marissa Maitland, Molly Mullins, Marianna Robinson, Grace Remillard, Jack Canfield, Trish Jacobson, Mikayla Cerney, Meg Perrin & Faith Jacobson
Jackie DiFonzo, Olivia Belanger, Kelly Sharp, Marianna Robinson, Chance Bousquet, Meg Perrin, Lea Thelemarck being interviewed by Patty Aubery, President of The Canfield Training Group
Team members not shown: Nichole Tomacelli, Jen Collard, Whitney Pray, Drea Kasianchuk, Chelsea Latham