Holding Out For The Finish Line

holding out for the finish line

Holding out for the finish line

How often have you given up, instead of holding out for the finish line?

This is a question I have been asking myself recently. This could be a theme that runs on a ‘replay loop’ through times of my life.

I am currently working through a business mentoring program with a group of like-minded small business owners. We are just over half way through our programme and I find it hard to quantify all I have learnt or refined in this short while.

What I have learnt:

  • I am not alone in my quest to serve the Greater Good, and in so doing, become the best version of myself that I aspire to be
  • There are others who also struggle with the truth that what each has to offer is incredibly valuable
  • What is required of me is to focus on my vision and then consistently apply small daily actions that will result in rewarding outcomes
  • When I have support and encouragement from those I am working with, and from those whom I serve, the quality of my work improves
  • My best work unfolds when I hold myself accountable to the Highest Version of myself
  • Losing focus, losing faith in myself and the process, prevents me from holding out for the finish line.

When I reflect on the Journey that has brought me to here and now, I recognise many instances where I felt so discouraged with an apparent lack of progress, or a twist in the road that deflected me off the path I was on. Did I lose interest because nothing seemed to be happening – or what I wanted to happen didn’t? Or did I lose sight of the finish line because the journey seemed too long and arduous?

What if those instances were, in fact, just short training periods to prepare me for the big event? Imagine if all those experiences were just the most perfect preparation for what is now working out in my world?

The most wonderful example happened to me yesterday.

I turned up for my monthly 5km timed Parkrun because I had made a commitment to myself that I would hold myself accountable to keep up my morning runs. The Parkrun ensures that I keep on track with time and distance when I run during the week. I felt flat and tired after a busy week – but I was committed! From the first few steps I knew that my legs were running on Angel Power. It was effortless. I was stunned and amazed.

Do you know what feels like to be carried on Angels’ wings, to be fully supported?

I ran my personal best time, which stunned me.

I ask myself now: what will it take to feel this way more often; to consistently tap into the grace of the Universe, to show up and expect to do my best.  This way, holding out for the finish line becomes exciting and enjoyable.

What does holding out for the finish line evoke for you?

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Inspire Me – Finding My Tribe

Inspire Me - Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Inspire Me – Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Finding my Tribe is the key to inspire and support me on this Freedom Plan Journey.

Today’s challenge is to name 2 people who are living the kind of life that I want to live, and whose Tribe I would love to be a part of.

Caroline Myss has long been someone whom I respect and look up to. I was so fortunate to attend a 2- day workshop in Stellenbosch, South Africa where I experienced first-hand how it feels to be listened to, truly acknowledged and respected as a fellow seeker of knowledge.

Caroline told us that she had started out providing individual personal consultations, but soon became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work. It was then that she set out to offer public workshops, seminars and her online courses, audio books and offerings – in order that she could teach us to do the work for ourselves.

I am inspired by her wisdom, her compassion for our human-ness, and her unrelenting stance on what she holds true. I am inspired that she is continually expanding her vision and that she is so willing to include us, her Tribe, in adventuring with her. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle – offering workshops and seminars in significant and beautiful locations around the world.

I feel I am already a part of her Tribe, as I aspire to integrate her insights and teachings into my daily life and my healing work.

If I were able to ask Caroline one question in ‘real life’ today, I would ask “Who inspires you, Caroline, and why?”

Byron Katie is equally inspiring to me. Once again, I was so very fortunate to meet her at Fourways, Johannesburg, and to attend a day long workshop with her in Johannesburg, South Africa.  After experiencing very dark days, she came to realise that Loving What Is provides us with the way out of suffering. Her method of self-inquiry – The Work – is offered free on her website. She has published numerous books, posts videos on her website, is active in Social Media and travels the world to deliver life changing workshops and also offers residential immersion experiences in beautiful locations.

I am inspired by her generosity of spirit and her patience in helping each participant to reach their answer inside, to relinquish the suffering caused by their thoughts. I am inspired by the simplicity and potency of The Work which she shares so willingly. I am inspired by her constancy, never straying off course, seeing each process through its full cycle. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle, traveling where she is invited, and offering workshops and classes in beautiful locations.

I would certainly like to be a more active member of her Tribe – I feel I am moving closer!

If I were to meet Katie again, I would love to ask her “who inspires you Katie, and why?”

Do you have someone who inspires you? Are you part of their Tribe?

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Super Powers Define My Sweet Spot

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot - HeartFire Therapy

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot – HeartFire Therapy

Today’s challenge is to identify my Super Powers in order to find my Sweet Spot. The ‘sweet spot’ is the key to realising my Dream for Freedom because this is a combination of things I am good at, things I enjoy doing, and things that I could expect to be paid for doing / delivering.

The invitation was to ask those people close to me whom I trust, love and respect to provide me with a list of qualities they could identify as my Super Powers, as generally few of us are great at shining the light on our own attributes. I am humbled and grateful to those who responded so generously to provide their insights.

I am very aware that today is the 11th day of the 11th month – and according to numerology 11/11 provides a Portal of Light to align with the Divine. I believe this whole exercise serves to bring clarity and focus to my Work and is Divinely guided, and so I am conscious of bringing the finest in me to express through these words.

If I were to choose 2-3 Super Powers which could lead to my Sweet Spot, I choose those which are supported by so many others, but are more likely to bring me a source of income:

Healing and reconciliation

  • The capacity to love, care, and be heart centered
  • An ability to see things in balance, both physically and metaphysically
  • An intuitive ability to know exactly how to say the right thing at the right time
  • The ability to hone into the salient point of a problem
  • Allowing another to feel their pain without judgment, belittling or trying to say something “spiritually appropriate”
  • Intuitive acupuncture treatments and Energy Attunements
  • Great listener, listening without interrupting
  • Artistic ability – seeing possibility and beauty in a tangled mess

Sparkling Powerful Presence –

  • Wisdom
  • Precision in expression – economy of words leading to powerful, concise presentation of self
  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Humour
  • Optimism
  • Courage
  • Patience

Teaching, Workshop or Group Facilitation

  • Fortitude; Endurance
  • Tenacity; Resilience
  • Stay true to my highest vision – I don’t give up on living as a spiritual being expressing in human form
  • Initiator – I am willing to take risks which are thoughtfully assessed
  • Emotional intelligence – I am willing to own the hurts in my heart yet not let these dominate my expression.

In offering these Super Powers through the forms of individual consultations, group workshops and seminars, public talks, written words (blogs, books) I will be able to serve those who are searching for what I have to offer, and in so doing, I will also be able to realise my Dream:

I help people to invoke their own unique energy to harmonise their mind, body, spirit and emotions – so that they can consciously align with whole body health.

 

What is YOUR sweet spot? Have you identified it yet? I would love to hear about it!

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Planning My Perfect Day

My Perfect Day starts here

My Perfect Day starts here

The invitation to describe my Perfect Day, from start to finish, is a real challenge. There are so many ‘things’ that I love to do – how could I compress them all into a single Perfect Day?

A theme of Perfect is easier to contemplate, to imagine unfolding in the present moment.

I wake up to the dawn chorus of birdsong. I feel well rested and am looking forward to this awesome day! I meditate on my slow deep breathing, on the Energy and Light filling me from the inside and radiating into my immediate environment, into my greater world, into the Universe. Feeling light and energised I choose which course I will adventure out on for my early morning run – along the beach, the estuary path or residential streets past homes where most people are still sleeping peacefully. It is glorious running so early, when the day is fresh and new, and I think and plan and breathe to the steady rhythm of my feet caressing the earth in Blessing.

I look forward to my breakfast – a smoothie compilation of great fresh fruit and veges, and steaming mug of aromatic coffee. The day stretches ahead. I may have a few Acupuncture consultations booked – my passion in practice. I feel so grateful to be able to share this knowledge and expertise – and my heart sings when my clients benefit. I could spend some time reading and researching, planning future treatment sessions.

I could write my next blog post. I could write a letter to a loved one. I could spend time visioning and reflecting on current projects.

Lunch time! Perhaps meet a friend to share lunch and a catch up. Or create a meal from home grown produce and sit in the garden watching the birds, listening to the ocean. I could spend a few hours working in the garden, or creating and crafting some form of handwork. I could read for pure enjoyment. What about going to the movies, or browsing through the shops in a local mall just for the fun of it?

Late afternoon is a perfect time for a coffee and email check. What is happening in my world? Time to also check that I have not left anything undone that needs to be done today. I am feeling relaxed and satisfied with the way my day has unfolded, with all the events and people that have featured in my Perfect Day.

Dinner time approaches. I could be meeting a friend for dinner and an outing to the theatre or an event. I could be planning a quiet evening at home with a simply delicious home cooked meal enjoyed by candlelight. The time after dinner is one of my favourite times. I feel a sense of order and completion once the dishes are washed, and the kitchen and table are cleared. Now I may finish off any last tasks for the day.

My evening shower is a calming and cleansing ritual, a time to wash away any cares and to express Gratitude. Gratitude for all the events and the spaces in between; for the people I have encountered; for thePerfect Day that I have been gifted with. Time now to read a bit, to reflect some more, and to slip into a deep and peaceful sleep, to awaken fresh to my next Perfect Day.

Does my Perfect Day inspire you to define your own Perfect Day?

 

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Lessons from Live Love Laugh

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Dayle Hunt is a Life Mechanic and he aims to tune your internal Ferrari to reach peak performance. I attended his inaugural one-man show Live Love Laugh, where he combines personal stories of life lessons with humour and humility.

He maintains that we have six basic Human Needs which need to be fulfilled for us to live a meaningful life. He combined stories and anecdotes to illustrate how we go about meeting our individual needs to have certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution in our lives.

It seemed that one hour was way too short a time to settle in and fully engage with his three personas who occupied the stage in their turn.

Interestingly, for me I guess, my own enjoyment of the evening was marred by the disruptive presence of the young person who sat in the seat behind me. She repeatedly kicked the back of my chair violently, causing the whole row of seats to reverberate, and the man seated in front of me to cast annoyed looks in my direction. Then she explosively crushed her empty plastic cup in my ear. Then she sat with her feet dangling over the back of the empty seat next to me, and proceeded to kick that too.

I had accepted an invitation to Live Love Laugh, and I found myself then pondering whether this young person was actually displaying the effects of NOT having her basic needs met.

  • Certainty. Had her parents explained that they were attending a public performance where she would be required to sit peacefully for an hour during the performance. Had they outlined the expected format of the evening and told her more or less what she could expect to happen? Were there boundaries in place, should she not behave in an acceptable manner? Are her parents consistent with their discipline? How was her need for Certainty met?
  • Variety. If the young person in question was attending a live theatre event, no doubt she has attended many other social outings. School, friends’ parties, family gatherings. Perhaps she was just not enamoured with her current set of circumstances – perhaps she had wanted to be somewhere else, doing something of her own choosing.
  • Significance. Her presence behind me became significant, for all the wrong reasons! I was annoyed, distracted and then heart sore – because I did not want to be frustrated by a child. Her disruptive behaviour made her significant to others that were distracted, and perhaps also to her parents who may have felt annoyed or embarrassed that they needed to ask her to desist. How did her behaviour make her feel significant?
  • Love and Connection. If she had been my own child or grandchild, how could I have strengthened her feeling of being loved and connected? Perhaps I could have invited her to sit in my lap.
  • Growth. Perhaps this was a first ever attendance of a live event for our young person. I am hoping there would be many other opportunities for her to have wonderful experiences – and that she will grow into a sociable and friendly young woman.
  • Contribution. By just being herself, she has contributed to my learning, to my experience. It is up to me to determine the value of the contribution.

I am left pondering the evening. Dayle Hunt and Live Love Laugh will take you to many places. The familiar, the funny, the unexpected, the unexplored corners in your heart. Which brings me to ask:

How have you dealt with the disruptive seat-kicker? Please share your comments with me, so that I can keep learning!

 

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Two Most Essential Questions

2015-06-20 15.53.48Aha! Moments don’t always hit you over the head like a sledge hammer. Sometimes a realisation grows with quiet certainty, until it becomes defined as “I get it!” This happened for me during the course of the past week.

Since I can remember I have loved reading and writing stories. In more recent years this love of creative writing led me to learn about Blogging. I invested in and completed countless online courses and webinars which fed my yearning to learn more, to express myself and to share my knowledge and ideas.

Somewhere in all of this, life became busy, priorities shifted, I wrote less and less.

I lost my ‘WHY’.

I have a number of people to thank for nudging me back onto my Passion Path. This week, one of them was Ray Higdon, the presenter of the blogger’s course The 3 Minute Expert.

Ray was talking about the I.L.T. method.

We are our greatest investments. For our own growth and nourishment we need to Invest in ourselves – attending courses, seminars and relevant events. We need to seek out coaching and mentoring. In this way we are Investing and Learning , enhancing our own personal growth and prospering.

Then we need to Teach what we have learned.

When we attend events and take notes, what value do we place in our study notes? Do we throw them in a corner after the course or event, or do we study and learn from them?

The Two Most Essential Questions that arise are:

  • What will I implement?
  • What will I teach?

You see, Ray Higdon believes that the notes that you take and don’t teach are un-cashed checks.

I realise that I have hours and hours of hand written notes, worth literally millions of dollars. At least a few readers may find some of this information inspiring or interesting.

My Aha! Moment? I could possibly help someone else to experience an Aha! Moment of their own just by sharing what I have learned.

If this has been helpful to you, please share and re-post.

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