“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
This is a two-part post about my next book: Turning Inspirations Into Action: How to connect to the powers you need to conquer negativity, act on the best opportunities, and live the life of your dreams.
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In part one of this post, I introduced the three questions of the transformational process I use to turn inspiration into action, and live the life of my dreams. These are: WHAT inspires me? WHY is it important to me? and HOW will I bring it into my life? Now, in part two, I’ll reveal the three powers I use to overcome the “gravity” of my life, which is what I call the force which acts to keep me held where I am, doing the same things I usually do, and not acting on my new ideas, or beginning, then soon giving up.
Before you ask yourself the three questions, below, it’s important to have an understanding of a concept called Kaizen. Kaizen is the Japanese idea that small, incremental improvements will add up over time to yield big results. As a personal practice, it means that there is always something you can do better tomorrow than you did today. Kaizen greases your willingness to say YES and try new things. It keeps you moving forward. Every single day. You may choose to work on a craft, or a physical skill, or a spiritual practice. You could be expanding your capacity for kindness, or becoming a better listener, or tolerating others more graciously. Kaizen can be applied to anything that you want to do better.
So now it’s time to ask the first question, WHAT inspires you? Where do you want to go? What would you do if you knew you would not fail? You’re brainstorming with your life. Don’t filter things out, yet. Do not ignore something that may appear ‘far-fetched’ or ‘crazy’ or ‘unrealistic.’ Just notice WHAT attracts your attention. You’re exploring what you want to do with the rest of your life. Not what your parents want you to do. Not what your boss thinks you should do. Not what your spouse, family, friends or culture expect you to do. Not even what you expect you to do.
Give yourself this beautiful gift. Simply take some time and pay attention to what inspires you. You should soon have plenty of discoveries to work with.
Then ask the second question, WHY is it important to you? Asking WHY is the process of choosing the things that touch your heart. This is how you create a prioritized life. By filtering out things that are not important to you, you make space for those that are. The more you say “No” to what you don’t want, the more time, energy and resources you will have for what matters most to you. Say no to everything you possibly can so you can spend more time on your yeses.
Filtering unleashes the Power of Priority.
What you feel deep within you, in that quiet and peaceful space of reflection, will guide you on your journey to your absolute best life. Your heart knows the things you want to do. When an inspiration touches your heart, it’s a signal that it’s in alignment with your inner spirit. And how do you tell if something has touched your heart? By the way you feel, of course. You feel good. When you anchor a big idea to the things you love, things that are really important to you, it creates power. Anchoring gives you more power, energy, and tenacity to overcome the forces of gravity holding your life in place.
Anchoring unleashes the Power of the Heart.
Finally, you must determine HOW you will bring change into your life. Once you make a commitment, the universe conspires to make it happen. Focusing your attention on what you want. Making the time. Doing the work. These are signals to the universe that you’re all in! When you are fully committed, then the universe moves too. Things happen to support you in ways you could not have imagined before. So, make the commitment and get to work.
Doing the work unleashes the Power of the Universe.
Bringing change into your life changes who you are. Changing who you are then changes what you want and what you do. That, in turn, changes what you are inspired by. The Process keeps repeating over, and over. It keeps you progressing in a purposeful direction with consistency. That’s its secret. It will work for anyone desiring a better life, and it will work for you if you make the commitment to it.
While you’re working on your big ideas, please be super kind to yourself. Be patient. Focus on the work you love, not the outcomes you want. Start small. Go slow. Go easy but do not stop. Trust The Process. Trust yourself. Every day, every small effort is a step on the journey to your absolute best life.
Just keep on stepping…
As final thoughts I’d like to share some words that have helped me during the big transformations of my life, and I hope that they will be of help to you too.
From Sir Isaac Newton: An object in motion will stay in motion… So get your life in motion!
From Confucius: It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
From Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist: When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
From Paul Hawken, author of Growing a Business: Relax. Take your time. Work, practice and learn.
From Billy Joel: Slow down, you’re doing fine. You can’t be everything you wanna be before your time.
From me: Keep asking WHAT, WHY, and HOW… Find ways to improve yourself… every day, for the rest of your days… That’s how you create the life of your dreams J
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