Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Your ideal life includes big dreams based on audacious goals that will yield huge rewards—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Here’s how to maximize the probability that you will enjoy success beyond even your wildest dreams as you baby step your way to greatness.

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  1. Choose your destination.

Get clear on where you are and where you want to be. Then brainstorm—with no judgmental head talk—every conceivable way you can imagine to get there. Be sure to envision potential obstacles and how you might embrace them to help shape your optimal path to success.

  1. Dangle some carrots.

Without the lure of a payoff for all of your hard work, it’s really easy to become discouraged and quit when you actually encounter the obstacles. If you conspicuously post throughout your home and work space a list of the anticipated rewards for ultimately achieving your goal, you’re more likely to demonstrate the necessary creativity and persistence to stick with it when things get tricky.

  1. Get going.

Now that you know where you’re going, the many ways you could get there and why it’s worth the effort, get started. Trust your gut to pick the path that feels optimal at the moment and just start baby stepping your way to greatness. When it gets dark and the road is narrow and steep, remind yourself of the payoff and keep going. Keep gathering data, adjust your plan as you go based on experience and keep going.

You don’t have to know every step of the journey or every obstacle that you’re going to face. You don’t even need to have a fortune to fund you. All you need is

  • a clear destination,
  • a basic framework for getting there,
  • a worthwhile payoff,
  • the willingness to get started and
  • the flexibility to rework your plan on the fly.

Ready, aim, fire, STEER will be enough to get you going and see you through to the finish line.

What BABY STEP will you take to move you closer to your AUDACIOUS GOAL today?

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Dancing in the Moment

Throughout your life, you will encounter what you perceive as opposition and obstruction.

You wanted to leave for your vacation early in the morning before traffic gets heavy, but when you awoke you realized you forgot to pay the bills that come due while you’re away. Or you wanted to arrive early to the office so you’ll have time to finish your slides for an important presentation that morning, only to get stuck behind a 10-car pileup on the freeway with no exit in site.

While life doesn’t always align with your plans, your response will have everything to do with whether you experience an insurmountable obstacle or a golden opportunity. You get to decide whether unexpected opposition will be a curse or a blessing in disguise.

It’s a lot like dancing with a partner. With no resistance, you’ll find yourself flailing like a wet noodle. However, with even a little structure and tension, you’ll perform creative twists and turns that will leave everyone amazed.

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Like the kite that can only rise against the resistance of the wind, once you partner with your perceived opposition, you may just find yourself soaring to new heights you could never have reached from comfortable complacency.

As anyone who works out regularly can attest, opposition can help you develop strength, stamina, flexibility, stability and dexterity. Strength results from pushing or pulling against strong resistance. You gain strength—physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually—when you encounter opposition and engage it.

Opposition is inevitable. Instead of collapsing into victimhood or raging against circumstances, transform your minefields into goldmines. Turn your face into the wind, embrace your challenges and discover the hidden riches that lie within you. Choose your energy and change your life!

How will YOU dance with opposition TODAY?

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The Power of Curiosity and the Joy of Cocreation

If you’re like many, you spend a lot of time making plans and trying to control the world around you. You know how you want your life to look and you apply considerable force trying to make it happen.

While taking charge, making a plan and showing initiative are valuable attributes for living a responsible, empowered life, even more important is how you respond when life doesn’t go according to your plans.

Play the Hand Your Dealt

Do you bemoan the cards you’re dealt with anger or despair? Or do you take a deep breath, recenter yourself and delight in the joy of discovering new possibilities and opportunities you hadn’t foreseen or imagined? Do you recognize that everything really is an opportunity to be embraced rather than an obstacle to be avoided or overcome?

When you fuel yourself with curiosity and a sense of wonder—appreciating your role as Universal cocreator, not supreme dictator—and celebrate your life as an ever unfolding journey rather than a series of strictly charted specific destinations, you relax and have a lot more fun.

When you stop being restrained by your own limited range of ideas and instead eagerly collaborate with the Universe in cocreating your life, you will be offered access to a much wider and richer palette of options with which to shape and embellish your journey. When you actively conspire with the Universe, life becomes a liberating, exhilarating, three-dimensional, Technicolor adventure.

Whatever life sends your way, take what you’re given, figure out how to spin it into gold, and trust that Universal love is always unfolding the highest good for all, in all, through all.

How will YOU cocreate with more curiosity and joy TODAY?

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Step Boldly in the Direction of Your Dreams

Perfectionism is the single greatest cause of procrastination. Despite the desire for everything to be awesome, what perfectionism most often produces is a stack of discouraging, unfinished, “someday maybe” possibilities. If you keep waiting until everything is perfect, you may never start (which, to my way of thinking, is the antithesis of perfection).

Perfectionism is not a lofty goal or enviable trait, it’s a fear-based illusion riddled with lies and characterized by force. When you choose to fuel yourself with fear—by setting the bar too high and driving yourself incessantly—you burden and block yourself with chronic disappointment and disillusionment. Repeated often enough, this form of self-sabotage becomes a way of life that produces burnout physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Step Boldly in the Direction of Your Dreams

In contrast, excellence is a love-based reality characterized by a life of flow filled with faith, hope, prosperity, peace and joy. EXCELLENCE PROPELS YOU FORWARD. PERFECTIONISM HOLDS YOU BACK.

Eager to liberate yourself from the painful self-imposed prison of perfectionism and start thriving in the joyful freedom of excellence instead? Here are some tips to help you replace your habit of perfection-based procrastination with a passion for love-fueled excellence.

  • Write down your goal as if it’s already your reality.

Whether you’re planning a dream vacation or birthing your first book, write down your vision in simple, bold terms using present tense language. Resist the urge to over-architect and wordsmith. Just write from your heart. If you tend to get blocked by writing, try speaking it into a recorder and then transcribing what you said. Adding a picture to illustrate your vision ups the inspirational power.

  • Post your vision everywhere so it will stay top of mind.

Tape it to your bathroom mirror, post it on your refrigerator and tack it to the wall near your desk. Immerse yourself and your environment in your vision.

  • Memorize your vision and speak it aloud at least morning and night.

There is a power to hearing your own voice speak your desired reality. As you work on memorizing it, you’ll find that your language evolves organically over time into an even clearer statement of how you wish to show up in the world. “Bookending” your day by speaking your vision aloud first thing in the morning and last thing at night provides extra momentum in the form of greater energy, clarity, creativity and persistence.

  • Be your own best cheerleader.

One of my favorite tools to employ when I begin to block myself with the perceived enormity of a new project is to ask, “What if this is going to be much easier than I think?” Having opened the door to that delightful possibility, I immediately anchor it more deeply as an affirmation: “This project is going to be easy, fast, and fun. Effortless, joyful, creative, rewarding. Just the ticket to help me enjoy my life even more through new experiences, relationships and growth.” 

  • Take simple steps forward every day.

Every morning, write out three SIMPLE things you need to accomplish to move yourself forward in achieving your dream or completing your project. We’re talking baby steps here, not giant leaps. No grand, comprehensive, spreadsheet-based plan. Just the next three little things you could do. Maybe there’s a phone call you need to make or an email you need to send. Maybe you need to renew your passport or purchase supplies. Take at least one of these baby steps EVERY DAY.

  • Give yourself a break! 

The difference between fear-based procrastination and love-based percolation? Percolation is the art of the productive pause. As always, it’s the energy underneath our thoughts and actions—love vs. fear—that makes the difference. So while you’re working your baby step plan, remember to sprinkle your day with times for rest, reflection and play. Hard as it may be to imagine, interspersing your work with regular downtime results in far greater productivity than driving yourself relentlessly without regard for your personal health and welfare. Trust me—as the Queen of Burnout, I had to learn that one the hard way a whole bunch of times before I finally got it!

In the words of the now famous Nike ad campaign, “JUST DO IT.” If you get started right now, by the time circumstances improve, you’ll be well on your way and in a much better position to gain even greater benefit from all of those new resources and opportunities.

What baby step will YOU take toward your dreams TODAY?

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Burning Your Ships!

Many years ago, seafaring Viking explorers had an inspired practice. When they arrived on the shores of a new land, they would unload all of their supplies and then burn their ships.

That way, they had no option other than to move forward into the great unknown, meet their new life head on and embrace it fully. While they may have valued the familiarity and security of their former homeland, they envisioned life as a grand adventure first and foremost. And so they anchored their bodies, minds, hearts and souls to the never-ending potentiality of glorious new possibilities.

r2g-p5-ai5-Coaster-webIt can be tempting at times to spend a lot of energy sticking to the script, coloring within the lines, staying in your own lane. We have endless strategies to help us do so: logic, to do lists, reminders, back-up plans, security systems, fail-safe mechanisms, insurance policies and, my personal favorite, elaborate spreadsheets.

But as we all know, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, with absolutely no warning. And when they do, well conditioned muscles of faith, hope, creativity, adaptability, intuition, curiosity and resilience will prove far more valuable than all the spreadsheets in the world.

Don’t get me wrong. Having a plan is a useful tool for focusing your energy to manifest your desires. But no one can prepare, script or plan for every possibility. However comprehensive, detailed and brilliant your plans may be, I encourage you to always hold them loosely and stay flexible in your approach by remaining open to additional input from the Universe.

So that when things don’t go as you planned, you won’t add insult to injury by investing your energy in ranting, raving, blaming and freaking out. You’ll make the more constructive and loving choice to relax into all that was, is and will be—trusting that Universal love is always unfolding the highest good for all, in all through all.

Consider this: while having a plan can be powerful, spontaneity is essential to a life of vitality. So the Universe keeps life interesting and helps us stay nimble with frequent doses of the unexpected.

Choose your energy and change your life! Today is neither too soon nor too late.

Would you rather spend your life on the sidelines wrapped in the perceived safety of your spreadsheets and lists or GET IN THE GAME and start living your own thrilling adventure every day? The choice is yours and yours alone—one you get to make in each moment.

What ships will you burn RIGHT NOW so that you may step into the greatness for which you were born?

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FREE COACHING OPPORTUNITY MARCH 15-APRIL 4, 2015: How Life Coaching Changes Lives

If you’re ready to take your life to the next level—personally and professionally—then this FREE telesummit is for you.

Step Into Your GreatnessAs a member of the Board of Advisors for the International Association of Professional Life Coaches™ (IAPLC), I’m excited to share an upcoming opportunity for FREE coaching—this year’s IAPLC annual summit. The theme for 2015 is “How Life Coaching Changes Lives” and it runs from March 15 through April 4.

Renowned and respected keynote speaker, Lisa Cherney, and 18 other expert IAPLC life coaches will join me in sharing our stories of how coaching has transformed our own lives and the lives of our clients including 

  • Recovering from the mortgage crisis,
  • Having fun by eliminating negative self-talk,
  • Re-engaging with life after the death of a spouse,
  • Recovering from traumatic injury,
  • Preparing for an invigorating and meaning-filled retirement,
  • Thriving as an ex-pat
  • And many more.

Discover the keys to getting unstuck, reclaiming your power and recapturing your zest for living. Move yourself forward into the life your dream of. Whether you are seeking less stress, deeper peace, more lasting joy, more meaningful relationships, a more rewarding career or a life more closely aligned with your values and passions, this is the event for you. And it’s completely FREE—one of the many ways members of the IAPLC give back to the world each year. 

Blast through self-imposed limits and overcome perceived obstacles to gain greater clarity and fulfillment. This is your year to shine! 

Click here or visit http://iaplifecoaches.org/telesummit to sign up now—FOR FREE.

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Oprah and Deepak FREE “Manifesting True Success” Online Meditation Program Launching 3/16/15

Register for FREE 21-Day MeditationA well-known Teacher once said, “I have so much to do today—if I hope to accomplish everything on my list, I must meditate twice as long.”

Most of us are more likely to say, “I have so much to do today, there’s no way I have time for meditation or anything else!” I used to say that myself until I figured out that I have all the time I need for the things that matter most. My role is simply to discern exactly what matters most in each moment.

The funny thing is that people from spiritual traditions throughout the world have long reported that regular meditation actually results in greater efficiency, productivity and abundance. They discover the power of flow: a generous, effortless, gracious way of living grounded in who you are being not what you are doing.

For those who might want to give it a try—and for those who are already committed to meditation—I wanted to share a great opportunity with you. Four times a year, through the Chopra Meditation Center, Oprah and Deepak offer a NEW completely FREE series of 21 online guided meditations. I love the programs in this series and use them myself. Their newest program, Manifesting True Success, will launch on March 16, 2015.

This program is a simple daily web-accessible recording with each meditation lasting about 15 minutes.

Whether you’re a seasoned meditator or you’ve heard that it might reduce your stress, improve your creativity and increase your sense of well-being, this program has a great deal to offer. For those new to meditation, it eliminates the perceived barrier of “too much silence” by easing you into a healthy new habit through a theme that ties the 21 sessions together with lots of speaking and guidance, very little pure silence.

And, for the seasoned meditator, it’s a great way to expand your options and approach. All meditation paths have merit because at their core they are all about the myriad ways we can hold ourselves in mindfulness. Doing the dishes, walking the dog, feeding the cat—all become meditative when entered into with focus and awareness. We are human beings, not human doings. Just me, just here, just now, just be.

Here’s what The Chopra Center has to say about these programs:

“Studies have shown that it takes 21 days of consistent behavior to change a habit or create a new one, such as establishing a regular exercise routine, eating a healthier diet, or taking time each day for self-care. In just 21 days, you can also establish a fulfilling meditation practice that will give you a lifetime of rewards. You may have dipped your toe in the water with limited success, but this time, you will have daily support and guidance that will enable you to move beyond any past obstacles and experience the many gifts and benefits of meditation.”

Ready to transcend your limiting beliefs and claim the joyful, limitless, creative power WITHIN YOU to manifest the life of generous, effortless, gracious abundance that you seek? Do so through the power of meditation with the help of your guides Oprah and Deepak in this FREE 3-week online interactive experience.

You’ll receive a daily email with a link to access the day’s meditation. Track your progress in a private notes section. It’s open to everyone—worldwide!  You can even purchase the program to enjoy over and over at your convenience to continue supporting this healthy habit in your life. I own the recordings of all of the past 21-day meditation programs and cycle back through them regularly to support my centering practice. They provide great value at a reasonable price.

Turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into your greatness!

Register Here

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