It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog. I got overwhelmed with the business of wrapping up the school year, running the clinic, another week of Train the Trainer with Jack Canfield in Newport Beach, another training trip to Los Angeles, book editing and publishing deadlines ... the list goes on and on.
Before I knew it it was July and I realized that I had never stopped to take some time off. So when I was faced with the choice of more writing or some time to rest and rejuvenate, I choose to take some to be in that inbetween place ... that place of transition where intentional quiet and contemplation balanced with healthy outdoor activity seems to serve me well. I am lucky to live in a beautiful place, a vacation desitination for many, so it's easy to find beautiful places to relax, recreate and rejuvenate.
Here's a photo log of where I've been ... from my desk trying to negotiate space with my furry friends Leah and Sylvester, to Newport Beach with Jack, to the clinic, hanging out with the loons on Crystal Lake, watching the sunset over the Bay, to hiking along the ridge line overlooking the Great Gulf Wilderness from the summit of Mount Washington or simply hanging out in the garden with Annie and Luna.
It's been a nice summer so far, but it took me some time to remember to practice what I preach I implement Jack's time management system of focus days and planning days and fun days with nothing work related for a full 24 hours. I love this system, when I remember to use it. I love the sense of accomplishment, the personal freedom and the enhanced productivity it offers.
This human experience is a never ending transformational journey that is never quite complete ... always learning, always growing, always remembering, always adjusting, always reprioritizing.
My plan is to get back into the habit of posting on a regular basis and keeping you up to date on my latest projects, perspectives and pursuits.
I hope you are enjoying your summer and remembering to take time out to have fun, rest, rejuvenate and reconnect to your passion, purpose and the essence of who you are!
Lately, the lyrics to an old song by Buffalo Springfield have been running through my head;
"There's something happening here
What is it ain't exactly clear ...:"
Things are shifting and changing ... rapidly. The 2012 phenomenon along with the end of the Mayan calendar has some people on edge. Others are looking forward to the birth of a new age. One thing is for sure. We have a choice whether we are going to view things from a place of negativity or a place of positivity.
I am choosing positivity. I am grateful for my teacher and mentor, Jack Canfield, who continues to give me tips and tools to help me stay positive in an often negative world while staying focused on my goals.
I am looking forward to being with Jack, his staff and like-minded others in San Diego in a couple of weeks for Advanced BTS training. The energy at BTS is always amazing and inspiring! In the meantime, I'm grateful for his recent blog on dealing with negativity that will keep me positive as I take care of loose ends before I go.
Click to read Staying Focused in the Face of Negativity by Jack Canfield.
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Overcoming Fear with FOCUS
As I've shared, I've recently been accepted to participate in an amazing training and mentorship program with Jack Canfield, best-selling author, speaker and success coach.
I set this as a goal a year ago, not having any idea how I would achieve it, I visualized my participation and acted as if I was well on my way to working with Jack as a mentor and teacher. And then, in a way that only the Universe could have orchestrated, my goal became a reality!
I was ecstatic when I got the news, but after a couple of days, the high was followed by a very strange period of neutral. No excitement ... just neutral.
I've become very adept at paying attention to the highs, the lows and the neutrals. I am grateful that the lows are few and far between now. The neutrals usually have a message hidden for me. Sometimes in the neutral place, the messages are more subtle, less apparent and harder to identify. I've learned to be patient and trust the process.
I couldn't quite put my finger on it until I read Jack's blog this month, FOCUS to Overcome Fear.
Ahhhhh ... fear. I've discovered that fear is at the base of every low and often hidden in the neutral places as well.
I'm grateful for getting exactly what I need when I need it ... a great article to provide me with insight and give me tools to help shift fear to focus ... and get me on track with my paperwork and travel plans and all that needs to be done to get ready to meet up with Jack in November!
FOCUS to Overcome Fear
Transition on Purpose