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Archive for October, 2012

“The problem with winning the rat race is you’re still a rat,” Lily Tomlin.

Often during many moments of the day, we feel as if we are in a rat race. We can experience this stressful state going to work, or taking our kids to school and all of their activities. But what if we saw our daily life as an opportunity to live out our passions and purpose? We’re no longer rats in a maze, but stars of our shows.

So take a moment and journal about how you’d like your days to flow. Add and subtract elements to this newly directed life and make it a happier and more balanced one. Now list 5 ways that you can add more purpose and passion into your life each day! Begin the steps of change today!

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“Life is a whole journey of meeting your edge again & again. That’s where you’re challenged….” Pema Chodron.

What new project or life situation are you facing that has you paralyzed in the present and not wanting to move? First sit and visualize yourself standing strong at your new horizon taking in the brilliance around you. Now, write about what you’d like to move towards as if it were adventurous fun. Highlight any steps that you might have mapped out. This week, add to this list of steps and take action each day to move towards your new, exciting horizon!

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“I realized that I had refused to listen to what could have been the most important messages of my life,” Debbie Ford.

Ever wonder if you really should have reacted to something in a different way because your gut was churning, or your head was fuzzy about it? Then let’s probe that inner knowing a bit more.

Go back and examine a situation in which you knew that you had that kind of visceral reaction. Describe this challenge to yourself in your journal. Use as many senses about your feelings as you can to raise your awareness of how this felt wrong to you.

Now write about how you could approach a similar uneasy experience, tapping into this intuitive sense. Find ways to keep in touch with this inner knowing. Apply your new-found resources to work out a more resonant solution to your challenging problem.

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“I stumble forward in a dim light, finding my way to the vitality that is passion one step at a time,” Dawna Markova.

What passions are you afraid to try because they might sound silly, too hard, or too frightening to entertain? I want you to consider a BIG one that is really scary and juicy at the same time. I have a passion for writing a book or two. For a while, I thought that this sounded like a frivolous way to spend time. Wow!! Did I let my inner saboteur get a hold of me or what?

My next reaction was to turn this idea around. I explored in my journal writing my need for approval from those individuals who thought that the chances of ever publishing a book was nearly zero. For now, they just weren’t in the mode to understand taking this risk. No problem, I wouldn’t go bungee jumping if asked.  But writing about something that inspired ME seemed to make more and more sense.  And seeking approval made less and less.

I wrote about moving past my conundrum and enumerated the steps to move forward in a straighter line. I’ve been writing  my book for a few months and making some progress page by page. And this effort has bolstered my courage in myself and my passions.

So let go of your inhibitions today! Write about what makes you get up and go in life. No one will grade the paper. You have full permission to go all out on your nuggets of gold and take a step into this passionate nature of yours!

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