“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” – Winston Churchill

Last night, I had the strangest of dreams.

I was walking in a neighborhood with houses on both sides, snow was pouring down and everything was completely whited out.

Then, out of nowhere, a massive snake that must have been twenty feet long and foot thick started chasing me.

I ran.

It was destroying everything behind me. Getting closer and closer ready to devour me.

And then, for some reason, I stopped and turned towards it…and it just froze. There was this voice that yelled out “Be gone with it!” Suddenly, it disappeared. There was peace. Then, I woke up.

As you could imagine, I woke up with my heart beating a bit faster than usual. I couldn’t help but look up what this all meant. That’s when I found this.

I sat there for a moment struck by everything that had just happened. This massive overwhelming thing that I was sure going to consume me simply disappeared once I faced it.

Talk about a relevant message for what’s going on in my life right now.

And when I read those lines, “Snakes must literally shed or die. As painful as letting go of what restricts us can sometimes be, it’s what allows us to survive, grow and thrive.

Everything else today has echoed this message. From things that I am seeing all around me to what happened to pop up on my YouTube while I was walking at the gym.

I’m not suprised.

There’s been this ongoing conversation for quite sometime now about shedding what doesn’t serve me anymore. In many ways I have done that. There have been lots of small wins along the path. But, there’s still one massive serpent that I have to take on.

In order for me to thrive and grow, I have to move through this phase. I must face my greatest of challenges and dissolve them day by day. It’s going to take time and a hell of a lot of patience. But I’m up for the task.

While I have failed endlessly in the past, it’s those failures that have driven me to the point where I can finally achieve what I set out to do so long ago.

My story, when I tell it in full one day, will be marked by perseverance and the willingness to take it to the next level. I’m not the most talented. I’m not the smartest in the room. But you can never take the grit out of me.

That’s what I’ve got going.

That’s how I know I’m right for this job.

Evan Sanders
The Better Man Project