A Fresh Start

August 29th, 2011

With a recent move into my new home in south Austin and Labor Day Weekend approaching (Yes! The kick-off of college football!!), I feel as if I’ve been given a chance for a fresh start.

Where do you want your fresh start to take you? What can you let go of to speed you on your way?

Where do you want your fresh start to take you? What can you let go of to speed you on your way?

Just like back-to-school, it’s a time to let go of what no longer serves us, keep what works, and allow for the new to come in. In this week of transition from August to September,  is there anything you need to let go of in order to bring in all that you desire this fall?

Imagine a move — a shift — taking place at home, at work, and inside. What no longer serves you or is useful? Can files be cleared? Clothes and other stuff taken to Goodwill or sold online? How about any old habits that you intuitively know aren’t helping you go where you long to go?

Leaving the past behind, every moment is obviously an opportunity for a fresh start. But, let’s keep it simple. In honor of the Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., I’d like to declare Tuesday, September 6th as “Fresh Start Day.”

If you knew you had one week to clear out inner and outer clutter, what immediately comes to mind as what you’d let go of? That’s it! I bet that’s all you need to focus on releasing this week in order to facilitate a positive shift forward this fall. Why not try it?

Take an inspired leap this week. What are you inspired to let go of in order to embark upon a fantastic fresh start on September 6th?

P.S. And if you’d like to take your fresh start this fall even further, please join me for the next Aha! Coaching Circle. We start on Tuesday, September 13th.  http://www.inspiredleap.com/ahacircle

**Photo courtesy of BigStockPhoto

Right Brain Re-Read, Re-Consider, and Re-Do

June 27th, 2011

Last week I was inspired to pick up a book I’d read back in 2008 — a book that had such a powerful impact on me that I sought permission to quote it in my own book, Aha! Moments: When Intellect & Intuition Collide.

Summer is the perfect time to re-read a book that has inspired you in the past.

Summer is the perfect time to re-read a book that has inspired you in the past.

I’m not sure what the source of the inspiration was, but within the pages of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight, I realized my right brain had something to do with it. Dr. Taylor reminded me that it’s our right brain that brings “new insight in this moment so I can update old files that contain outdated information.” (p. 140)

With the unique perspective of a brain scientist who experienced a severe stroke at the young age of 37 and spent almost ten years regaining the ability to use the left hemisphere of her brain, Dr. Taylor makes a strong case for honoring and more consciously using the gifts of the right hemisphere of the brain.

She points out that our left brain tends to get locked into beliefs and decisions and without prodding is unwilling to revisit them: “Many of us make judgments with our left hemisphere and then are not willing to step to the right (that is, into the consciousness of our right hemisphere) for a file update.” (p. 140, My Stroke of Insight).

I’m not the same person I was back in 2008 and am now finding new insights from Dr. Taylor’s book ‘jumping off the page’ and into my awareness. Despite my left brain’s hesitation, I was clearly ready for a “file update.”

Is there a book that you intuitively feel inspired to re-view, or an old belief or decision that needs to be revisited? If so, trust the wisdom of your right brain to shift your perspective and enable you to experience that ‘old’ information in a brand new way.

And, if you feel called to go deeper to discern what needs to shift within you, consider joining me for the July Aha! Tele-Retreat on Tuesday evening, July 12th at 8:00pm Central.


*Photo courtesy of Big Stock Photo

Make Peace With Second-Guessing

June 2nd, 2011

I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s a complete waste of time and energy to spend a moment second-guessing yourself. Yet, many of us continue to second guess both small and big decisions.

Last night, at my weekly talk for Lake Austin Spa Resort guests, I was reminded of the powerful pull the habit of second-guessing has. I witnessed a guest experiencing an Aha! Moment of clarity about an important personal issue, only to watch her immediately start to second-guess the knowing – - the Aha! – - that arose from an exercise she did to tap into her intuition.

Your inner critic can throw out numerous challenges to your decision, making you feel as if you're in an unfair tug-of-war with yourself.

Your inner critic can throw out numerous challenges to your decision, making you feel as if you're in an unfair tug-of-war with yourself.

Sharon (not her real name) acknowledged that she often does this — begins an inner tug-of-war with all of her second-guessing. She experiences an intuitive hit or an even stronger Aha! Moment, but then immediately begins back-pedaling from the answer she received by allowing her mind to start throwing “yeah, buts” in her path.

My niece just experienced this too when she had to declare where she was attending college. After choosing Ohio State University, my sister said Mikaela awoke the next morning second-guessing her decision, taking all of the joy and peace out of an exciting decision.

I’ve tried telling myself and clients during these times to “trust yourself, let go of the worry, and know that you made the best decision,” but this advice ignores the power of the inner critic and all of the brainwashing most of us experienced that told us to value answers reached logically as being better than answers reached intuitively. And, it turns out we’re wired to have a logical, analytical left brain try to dominate the wisdom of the intuitive right brain.

So, I’ve found it’s infinitely better to make peace with this inner tug-of-war, with this second-guessing, by doing the following:

  1. Honor, state, and even write down (if you feel inspired to do so), the initial answer you received or made and how and why it felt so right, so that feeling — that knowing — doesn’t get lost in post-decision analysis.
  2. Acknowledge the “yeah, buts,” the mental chatter about needing to seek expert opinion, or to get some data to back up the decision. This is a part of you that desires to stay in charge (What were you thinking to bypass thinking in order to reach a decision???) or rears up to keep you safely living and working in the status quo. So, acknowledge the thoughts and thank them for showing up.
  3. Schedule an appointment with yourself to give voice to and “hear out” what second-guessing mind wants to tell you. Literally put this appointment on a calendar. When the voices in your head start to challenge your decision, remind yourself that you’ve got an appointment to hear them out and move on. Depending upon how quickly you must take serious action on your decision, that appointment might be later in the day, the next day, or some time during the next week.
  4. Begin to take small steps that reinforce and start the forward progress called for from your original decision. Nothing too big or too dramatic. Just steps that help you get more comfortable with your decision (or make you aware of any real discomfort with moving forward).
  5. At the appointed time, write down all of the worries, concerns, and challenges connected with the original decision. Get them out of your head and on to paper. Breathe.
  6. Having given your inner critic or dissenting voice a chance to speak, connect with your heart (your connection to the wisdom of your soul or Higher Self) and ask yourself if any of these concerns are worth over-turning your decision or perhaps amending the decision.
  7. Take action on whatever clarity you gained from this last check in with your heart.
  8. Repeat this process as often as necessary in order to confidently move forward.

By honoring the gifts and wisdom of all parts of yourself, you bring blessed inner peace to your decisions, increase your confidence in taking the necessary inspired action resulting from these decisions, and maximize your effectiveness because you’re no longer at war with yourself. It also becomes safe to really listen to your intuition because you know you’ll be engaging — not abandoning — your logical left brain before acting upon your intuitive hits.

Some don’t need this. They decide, whether via intuition or logic, and move on. Some of us do. Make peace with how you’re wired and reap the benefits of your second-guessing whenever it occurs. Aha!


The Edge Of All That You Know

April 30th, 2011

This last day of April I celebrate 30 days of blogging about the power of working and living from one Inspired Action step to the next. It has been an amazing journey for me, and I thank you for joining me for any or all of it.

I have to laugh that the the inspiration for this last day’s post took awhile to gel within me (I committed to writing each day based upon inspiration — none of the posts were written a day earlier). However, more patience and trust are two of the gifts for me from moving to live from inspiration, so I knew the clarity would come before the day was done.

When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe in one of two things: there will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings.” (Author Unknown) Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Ready To Play?

April 29th, 2011

As I wind down a month of blogging each day about the power of working and living from one Inspired Action step to the next, I started thinking about the most important tips to share to today and tomorrow to summarize all I’ve learned on this inspired journey.

The word “play” kept popping into my mind while getting some tasks done early this morning. I was playing with the idea of blogging about play today (hint as to what I mean by ‘play’) when I came across a party invitation I need to respond to. This is for a birthday party for a dear friend’s granddaughters (whom I adore). They’re turning two this weekend.

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Fuel Your Inspiration With A Real Conversation

April 28th, 2011

In the past 24 hours, I have been blessed with a variety of rich conversations where all participants were fully present and unaware of the time passing by. Some of the conversations had nothing to do with my work; yet, I found myself experiencing numerous Aha! Moments and increased creativity within and after these conversations.

It’s as if I was being showered with gifts in return for fully showing up in the presence of others. I’d like to tell you this is a common occurrence; however, the truth is I’m often at least a bit distracted, with one eye on the clock or a piece of my mind working on something else. Or, if I’m fully present, the person or people I’m talking with are distracted. To have all of us fully present and engaged creates electricity in the room. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Aware Of Your Great Expectations

April 27th, 2011

Have you been visualizing your dreams coming true or stating affirmations about your successes, as if they’re already here? Chances are someone (myself included) has shared with you the power of visualizing and talking about an ideal outcome as if it has already occurred.

Even though I love the audio CD I created, Envision Your Way to Success, and absolutely believe in the power of guided visualizations (there are 4 on the CD), I want to remind you of that wise phrase, “everything in moderation.”

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A Playful Call To Action

April 26th, 2011

What if the key to thriving in this  world of ever-increasing change was to treat every challenge you face as a game in the amusement park of life?

More often than not these days, I find the key to receiving a clear call to action — inspired action — is to playfully approach every new idea, opportunity, and yes, even challenge. Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t commit to getting to the answer right away. Explore. Be curious. Try out a possible solution just for the fun of seeing whether or not it will work.

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Recognize Your Brilliance Through Someone Else

April 25th, 2011

One of my favorite statements, “You’re far more brilliant than you think you are,” speaks to the mistaken  understanding that IQ or intellectual brain power is an indicator of our ability to claim brilliance.

Wisdom is flowing around and through you...whenever you ask for it. Be open to how your brilliance reveals itself to you. It just make show up as inspiration to talk with someone else.

Wisdom is flowing around and through you...whenever you ask for it. Be open to how your brilliance reveals itself to you. It just make show up as inspiration to talk with someone else.

With the broader understanding that everything — including you and the answers you seek — is energy and that you are always connected in some way, shape, or form (depending upon your beliefs) to Divine wisdom, then it makes sense that your physical brain actually has very little to do with your potential for brilliance. The more you tap into the flow of wisdom around and through you, the more likely you are to be the one with the answer, the life-changing new idea, and so on.

This understanding is daily awakening more and more people up to the need to activate and exercise their intuitive muscles.  There are many, like me, who feel called to be part of this awakening. And, each of us, in turn,  needs each other at times to remind us of what we know to be true. At least that was the case for me last week.

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to share with my friend, Celeste Hamman, some thoughts that had been going round and round in my head. She lovingly said, “Yes, so it’s time to get out of your head and hear what your heart has to say about this.” Of course I burst out laughing because this is often what I share with my clients! I’m one of those who teach what they need to learn, so I was grateful to have Celeste expertly guide me into the wisdom, peace, and clarity that only connection with the heart (and Higher Self) can bring.

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You’re Always Moving Forward

April 24th, 2011

Have you ever felt like you were regressing instead of moving forward — sure you’ve moved into the flow toward your dreams, only to find yourself repeating old, self-defeating behaviors?

If you’ve had an Aha! Moment, taken an inspired leap forward, or experienced any other shifts in your life, it’s impossible to go backward. It only feels like that. The truth is that, unless you’re experiencing a serious mental illness, you can’t go back to seeing and being in the world in the old way.

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