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“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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“Music & rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul,” Plato.


All of us have our favorite music. We will choose songs to listen to that will either calm us or energize us when we want to center or need a lift. But often we don’t take the time to really hear the music and let it soak into our hearts and minds. This is such a wonderful practice to be in the moment and sense how the actual sounds affect us.

So sit down and listen to a half-hour of your favorite melodies and really follow the notes, the rhythms, and the feelings that this evokes in you. Then write about being immersed in this experience and how your senses were awakened.

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“Don’t find fault, find a remedy,” Henry Ford.

The maker of the Ford motor car had tenacity. Over his lifetime, he designed and implemented many technical innovations to develop affordable cars for the general public. He took on his issues, using his talents and skills, with the resolve to do something better and faster.

So today, think of yourself as a strong problem solver who doesn’t let difficulties stop you. Look at mustering your talents to handle a challenging situation–whether changing jobs or finding more of yourself in your daily life.  List five of your strongest talents on a 3 X 5 card and keep it by you. Whenever you feel indecisive, look at the card and see if you can use at least one of your talents to help you resolve your problem. Go to your journal and write about how this works for you.

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“If you’re a finished product, all tied up & put away, you’ve stopped growing,” Wayne Dyer.

Wayne Dyer catches me every time when I find myself stubbornly holding onto my comfort zone. I don’t know about you, but for me this situation is often about my fear of looking stupid when I want to do something new. It’s hard for most of us to step up to the plate, at that moment of decision, and do something that requires courage and gutsiness. Even with that queasy feeling of indecisiveness, most of us know intuitively that if we just inched out and tried to do this wonderful thing, that we might grow and live a happier life.

So, for your journaling today, explore one of these self-imposed boundaries. Look at a wish or goal that inspires you, one that helps you to grow in a way that is fresh and new. Lighten up with any criticism if you think you might look silly or fail. Notice how you criticize yourself and fight back with your inner appreciator. Next, go back and highlight any steps that you uncovered that might help you move forward in your desires. Put these action steps in your planner today!

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