Friday, November 11, 2011

11:11:11 - Opportunity to Renew and Transform

Whether you believe in the 11:11 concept or not.... I encourage you, on this Veteran's Day (in the US), to take a few moments to give thanks for the freedoms we have - breathing a prayer of gratitude to those living and dead who have and are giving their lives to ensure our freedoms in our world.

Also I encourage you to take time to look at your "inner" world... and consider the questions....
  • Are you really free?
  • Are there areas in your life where you have given away your personal power?
  • Are you being "held hostage" by negative thoughts, worry, fear?
  • How do you see yourself? What's your self-image?
If your answers are not what you'd like them to be, this is a great opportunity for you to begin to transform them. Change begins with a decision. Set the intention and resolve to create a more positive inner world. Determine the steps needed to bring about those changes and follow through!

Remember - Even if the changes you want are in your "outer" world - most of those things are out of our control. The only thing we really have control of is our Self - our "inner" world, which includes our perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

The good news is that as we make those changes on the inside, our outer world begins to transform as well!

Here's to continuing the Journey.... giving thanks for the freedom we enjoy in our outer world.... taking time to examine our "inner" world and initiate changes that create a more positive, fulfilling life inside and out!


If you're interested in learning more about the 11:11 concept, a good place to start is Tania Gabrielli's blog.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How to Live Before You Die - Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech

3 lessons to live by...
  • "You can only 'connect the dots' by looking backwards. So you have to trust that the 'dots' of your life will somehow connect in your future.... You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever - and go for what you know is true"
  • "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don't settle."
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." 

    Here's to continuing the Journey.... trusting that your 'dots' are connecting, refusing to 'settle', having the courage to follow your heart.


Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Power of Words

This video is only a few minutes, but the message is tremendous! Our words.... what we say and HOW we say it makes the difference in what we experience in life......

..... What are your words creating for you?

Here's to continuing the Journey....  refining our words to create harmony, joy, and abundance.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanks Giving: Try a Gratitude Experiment

As you gather with family, friends, and loved ones over the next few days, I challenge you to try a 'Gratitude  Experiment' - see how many times (or how many ways) you can say "thank you" during the day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Let "thank you" be our response to everything that happens. Yes, even when that favorite dish in the oven burns, or someone fails to do their "fair share" in the preparations (again!), or when something goes wrong or not as expected.
  • Say "thank you" to everything someone says to you (you may need to do this silently, instead of out loud, just so people won't think you've gone nuts!)
  • Play "I'm grateful for....." games with your children (similar to "I spy")
  • Every time you walk through a doorway, or wash your hands, or.... you pick the "reminder" - say a prayer of gratitude.
  • Be the "gratitude leader" if someone's conversation turns to negative things or to complaining, turn around the conversation to a more positive focus. Ask them "what's good about that situation, person, or whatever they were talking about. What do you like about it/him/her?"

Two important things to keep in mind...
  • Family gatherings are not the time for "group therapy." If there are long-standing issues or disagreements, they are not going to get resolved this Thanksgiving (either.) Allow people to be who they are, and practice forgiveness.
  • If it "pushes your button" take a breath, (say 'thank you'), and spend some time in self-reflection, looking more closely at what was underneath the anger, frustration, or whatever emotion came up. (If you can't do it right then, make a mental note to do it later.)
Meister Echkart, German Writer and Theologian(1260-1328) once said:

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'thank you,' it will be enough."

Try the gratitude experiment and see how it makes a difference in your holiday experience.

Here's to continuing the Journey..... giving thanks, showing gratitude, practicing forgiveness.....


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Courage is a Tool

This morning, working through some money-issue related limiting beliefs that came up yesterday (Listen....), I realized that most of the beliefs were centered around being seen and being heard.

I've been aware for several months now that one of the big things holding me back from achieving my business and financial goals is my tendency to shy away from networking events and other "being seen and heard" opportunities. I know I need to "get out more.

However, as I discovered this morning, there's a big difference between "knowing" intellectually (i.e. consciously) and "knowing" emotionally (i.e. subconsciously).

In my self-exploration, using tools and techniques to access the subconscious mind, I was able to get down to the core issues that were fueling these limiting beliefs. Then it was easy to see the domino effect in how these limiting beliefs fed my reluctance (... okay, "fear") to get out there and be seen and heard!

It was a huge "duh!" for me. (Yes, we all have our blocks!)

So, determined to face these fears and transform my limiting beliefs, I took a walk around the block - one of the things on my new "How can I been seen & heard today" list - I realized, as silly as it seems, getting myself ready, going outside, and "making" myself put one foot in front of the other in a continuous manner.... it took courage. It also took making a decision.

I had decided, spurred from yesterday's experience, to get to the bottom of whatever was holding me back.

Then I made a decision to take action on one simple thing - like taking a walk - to break through the fear.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment
that something else is more important than fear.
 - Ambrose Redmoon

Every time we choose courage over fear, we gain another dose of confidence, which brings us one step closer to success.

My success is much more important to me than maintaining my fear!

What about you?

Here's an exercise.... (I'm doing this too.)

Make a list of things you're avoiding because you (think you) lack confidence. Then start doing one of those things every day.

If you do only half of the things on your list, your confidence will have become enormous and your success will be immense.

Because, as Jamie Smart in his Financial Detox cards says, this list is your fast-track to success. And I'm willing to prove that he's right. What have I got to lose?

Here's to continuing the Journey... getting to the core issue.... making the Decision to move forward.... taking action.... using courage as a tool to overcome fear....


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Listen... anything in life can be our guide

I found this poem as a poster many years ago.... not sure who its author is, but it's been "screaming" at me all day.....
Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not simple.

It takes time for the chatter to quiet down.

In the silence of "not doing" we begin to know what we feel.

If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything in life can be our guide.

One of the reason's it's been "screaming" at me is that a visit with a friend yesterday brought up a very surprising reaction on my part, and just the thought of looking deeper into it has brought up a lot of fear.

And this poem has been running through my head all day...... Listen. Sit down and take time to listen to what the situation and those feelings are trying to teach you....

So I finally did....

And behind the fear and resistance I discovered feelings of unworthiness - coming from limiting belief thoughts that the situation had triggered.

As a journaled.... and got the thoughts out on paper so that I could face them.... I realized that just writing them down - admitting them! - was healing. I felt lighter. And now, the fear/resistance was no longer a looming monster. They were just words on the paper and information that I could now work with consciously to correct my erroneous thinking - i.e my limiting beliefs.

It's always interesting how God orchestrates things. Without the encounter yesterday, I probably wouldn't have known about these remnants of limiting beliefs still lurking in my subconscious mind.

Now, I can release them and work on turning them around to life affirming beliefs! That way, I can use them to move forward instead of being sabotaged and held back.

Isn't life grand! :)

Here's to continuing the Journey.... Listening... finding guidance in unexpected places.... having the courage to hear the message.