10 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Big Event

What does it really take to dream and manifest a big vision? I'll walk you through my personal process for what I call “showing up,” in a way that helps you build the discipline, stamina, and commitment to show up 1,000 percent — 1,000 percent of the time. You will learn how to show up in a way that is aligned with your highest self and your greatest contribution.

To start, some background on my personal experience with showing up.

If you were with me back in February, you’ll remember I shared the breakthrough I had around my debut theatrical show. Just imagine, being $180,000 in debt on a project and scrapping the whole thing. Once I made the decision to honor my original vision, I received support in ways I could not have imagined.

I secured an awesome new director, and through that process, we cut the creative team to one-third of its original size. I rewrote the script, sequestered away in a hotel room in Washington, D.C. over four nights. I told the truth to the big festival producer; he was willing to go out on a limb with me and honor my space in the festival without even seeing the new work — talk about taking a risk!

I arrived at the festival with only one week to prepare for opening night — whereas the other plays had already done four weeks. Before I arrived at the festival, I took myself through a process that we teach at Move The Crowd (an entrepreneurial training organization) called a CPR: It stands for Context, Purpose, and Intended Results. It is a tool we use to support our entrepreneurs in being able to set clear intentions for any major project, meeting, or event.

In the space of seven days, I went through a series of rewrites, learned blocking and staging, and re-wrote songs and recorded them. I memorized my script-in-progress, learned how to interact with a new set, and learned sound design — all in preparation for opening night.

But most importantly, every morning I would pray and I would read my CPR. Somehow in the recesses of my mind, I knew that this moment was a crucible for me; I had decided that failure was not an option.  

I wanted to tell a story. I wanted to create a safe space for people to confront and engage around one of the most challenging issues in our society — the issue of mental health. I also wanted to demonstrate that this work, this kind of theater, could be viable; that if I showed up fully and did my job, people would show up with me and be transformed by the experience.

Showing up is an act of love and an act of faith. We are never alone in the things we aspire to achieve, even when it feels like it’s us against the world. But showing up requires discipline and stamina, which are key attributes you must cultivate when you are nurturing a big vision.

If you have a large vision, you must know that it takes time — nobody goes from zero to a million overnight. But if we can get and apply these lessons, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

So how can you prepare for your big vision? Here are 10 things that I do in order to show up more fully in my life and in my business.

1. Connect to the source: Through prayer, meditation, yoga, time in nature, time in water, and deep breathing, I plug into the all-providing source, and I express gratitude and appreciation for everything I have received up until this moment. I give thanks for my life, for my gifts, for my family, my community, my venture, my resources, and all of the things that enable me to live this life. I also engage in a series of rituals drawn from my own spiritual path.  

If you don’t have a particular spiritual path you are following, you can design your own rituals — a series of actions you take with the intention of plugging you into the creator, the universe, or the all-providing source — whatever you choose to call it.

2. Set an intention: Using my CPR format, I ask myself three questions. What is the context I want to set for myself and how do I want to show up? I ask this question in relationship to who I want to be. The second question: How does this meeting, event, engagement, conversation, or project forward my larger purpose on the planet? I examine how it is in alignment with what I am here to do, and in what way my purpose will be achieved and or expressed through this engagement. Finally: What specific outcomes do I want to produce as a result of my participation?

3. Do my homework: This is everything from understanding the audience to understanding what success looks like for the other people you're collaborating with. This means knowing the history and the background of those I am engaging with, to the best of my ability. I ask specific questions about what has been successful in the past and how might I leverage that information. What value can I bring to any given situation that will foster greater success? Whether that's success for the presenter or for the collaborator — where are the opportunities and challenges that I most want to engage and address?

4. Prepare my offering: Whether it is a keynote, an interview, or a presentation, I sit in silence and I ask to be guided on what to prepare — what to do, what to say, what to bring — and then I do the work necessary to prepare it. Sometimes the work requires multiple sittings so I create a work plan to provide ample time to do so.

5. Embody my offering: I spend conscious time reviewing my notes, understanding the nuances of what I am called to say, and making sure that I am clear about my energy and intention. I make sure I have not just read the preparation materials but that I viscerally understand what is happening so that I am able to connect in an authentic way.

6. Rest: Time and space to just rest away from the work is imperative. Sleep, spa time, and quiet chill time dedicated to nothing other than resting gives you so much more energy to engage when the time comes.

7. Eat well: Depending upon how I am guided, sometimes I eat a little something or I have a green juice. Whatever I am eating is a source of energy — greens, fruits, veggies — nothing too heavy, but enough to give me the fuel for the task at hand. Sometimes I am asked by the spirit to fast, and in that case I drink herbal tea and plenty of water.

8. Adorn myself: I spend time in front of my closet listening for what is most appropriate to wear — what is consistent with the dress request if there is one, and what makes me feel comfortable and at home in my body? What expresses my love and joy for this occasion? I do this with my jewelry, my oils, and anything else I may choose to wear.

9. Arrive on time: “On time” for me these days means with plenty of time to settle in, feel the room, catch my breath, and amplify my connection through silence. I also want time to review my offering and allow any last-minute guidance to emerge.

10. Let go and let God: I give thanks for the journey of preparation and I ask the divine creator to take over from here — and to use me as a vehicle and a vessel for whatever is in the highest interest of all concerned.

You may not have a spiritual practice: That is OK; you can translate these steps into rituals that work for you. Listen, brushing your teeth is a ritual, so do not feel that you cannot create your own preparation journey just because you may not meditate or pray. And if you want to incorporate more practices into your daily life, this could be a perfect opportunity.

After all, true success is less about what we achieve and more about who we become in the process — what we become capable of in our own lives and in our business as a result of what we experience along the way.

Rha Goddess is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.