A couple of months ago, I was tired, uninspired and a bit foggy about the next right steps in my journey. I was nearing the end of a busy academic year with a teaching, coaching and clinic schedule that left little time for much of anything else. I was living each day showing up where I needed to be to teach the next class, meet with the next client or do whatever task was next on the seemingly never ending list of things to do to finish up the fiscal year. I am sure that many of you can relate!
I clearly needed a break ... and I think the Universe heard my request. One of the schools I was working with called to reschedule two classes and two coaching clients cancelled which gave me an unexpected break and two consecutive days off. I could have easily poured a cup of coffee, curled up with my furry friends and buried my nose in a good book or watched a movie, or two, or three. I was pretty exhausted and certainly needed a break.
Instead I looked around at the piles of papers on my desk, the dishes in the sink, and the overflowing laundry basket that had accumulated around me. I felt as if my space was closing in on me and, literally, stunting my growth.
It was a warm spring day. I poured a cup of fresh coffee, walked barefoot into the yard and watched as the sun rose over the lake. A new dawn. A fresh start. Just what I needed.
After awhile, I went inside, set the alarm on my phone for 60 minutes and proceeded to clear my physical space. It is amazing how quickly tasks get done when we are focused on the next step. In less than an hour, the dishes were done, the second load of laundry was in the washer and my desk was clear.
I felt lighter already, but it was not enough. While clearing my desk I came across my Success Pack ... the culmination of over 3 years of work with Jack Canfield and his Success Principles ... a small plastic case that contained the list of my core values, my life purpose statement, my goals and affirmations, my Passion Test results. I opened the case and began to slowly read the cards.
It was fun to see what I had achieved since the last time I had revised my goals and I smiled as I removed those cards from the deck. But It had been a long time since I had looked at them. New Year's had come and gone and even though I continued to move forward, I had lost clarity and got caught up in my day to day life without focusing on where I was going.
Clearly it was time to get back to focus and breathe new life into the vision for my future. I spent the next two days redoing my Passion Test, incorporating the new results into my Breakthrough Goal as well as my goals for relationships, career, finances, fun and recreation, health and fitness, personal growth and contribution. I got clarity on what was holding me back and revised my goals accordingly.
Literally, in 2 days I knew I needed to find new living space with more light, increase my cash flow and commit to writing my new book, reconnecting with an accountability partner and mastermind group and championing a fundraising campaign to support my vision to bring a team of 7 young people to train with Jack and support me in bringing my vision to the next level.
The next day, I got a call out of the blue with an offer of an amazing living space at a price that would simply my life and increased my cash flow by even more than the amount I had specified in my statement to the Universe! The fundraising campaign has raised close to 30% of what we need to support my youth team and I just found out that a story I wrote is being published in an amazing book by a prominent author that has had a huge influence on me (stay tuned for details!).
I just returned from another amazing week in the training room with Jack Canfield, connected with my accountability partner and a new mastermind group. I am writing my book, have an editor and my vision is moving forward faster than I can believe!
Make no mistake ... the Universe is always listening ... so do whatever you need to do to get clear about exactly what you want, believe that it's possible for you, clear whatever limiting beliefs or fears might be standing in your way and pay attention to the hints, clues and nudges that lead us to our next right step along the path to living our best lives!
To your success ... however you define it!
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