Do you feel the need to make a dynamic change in your life? Whether it’s personal or professional change, I know for a fact that YOU CAN DO IT! It is your journey that brings purpose and meaning to the world around you. Dream Big. Reach for the stars and hold on to your bumpy ride for dear life because this crazy, exciting, sometimes messy adventure is the life that was given to you alone. Inside this journey of life, you alone hold a truth and gift badly needed in this world.
There is a 3-part life ritual that has always helped me get me through every day, season, and year of my life.
Part One is Quiet Contemplation- Meditation, turning inwards, and prayer can all provide an insight into your heart’s desire. Taking time to shut out the outside world for as long as you need to refocus on your vision will make you feel more secure and confident as you move forward.
Part Two is Creating Clarity- Use tools and techniques that resonate with you to hone in on what your brilliant future will look like and explore what new possibilities exist for you. Gaining clarity will also give you space to create a concrete plan for achieving your goals. It will present you the insight you need to take that next step in your journey.
Part Three is Move Ahead- Take actions that move you to the next phase in your journey. Every step you take and each conversation you have are all small steps that take you forward.
Part One- Quiet Contemplation
Give yourself enough time for deep breaths, power poses, a prayer with candles, or whatever it takes to put your mind and body at ease. (For me it’s yoga and running) and then take another 30 minutes or more to focus deeply on yourself. Drop into your mind body, and soul. Sit in stillness and see what begins to surface. Take time to ask yourself at least one of these questions. Choose the questions that resonate most with you.
1. What are the basic principles of life?
2. What is my heart’s desire?
3. What are the things in life that turn my light on?
4. What is my purpose?
5. How can I move towards my destiny?
DONT OVERTHINK IT & DO NOT JUDGE YOURSELF. Just listen to your inner voice. If it doesn't match up with the world around you, assess it and try again. Try doing at least one thing different the next time. You don't have a lot of time to waste doing the same shit over and over.
Part Two- Clarify Your Vision
Begin to define your vision in the way that feels most authentic. I use the following techniques:
· Mind mapping
· Visualization videos
· Vision Boards
· Freeform writing
· Goal lists in bullet points
This part of the process can be inspiring and insightful so, take your time. As you begin to clarify your goals, keep checking in with your intuition. Ask yourself if it feels right in your gut as well as your mind. Make your plan as detailed as possible so you can see the practical steps that need to be taken to achieve your goals. Remember that your plans serve as a road map to your goals. But when there are bumps in the road, know that’s it’s ok to pivot and take an alternative route to your destination. Be patient and be flexible!
Part Three- Move Ahead!
As you start to take action on your journey to fulfill your dreams, there will be good times and challenging times. Before you embark on your journey, ask yourself what tools and resources you will need to be successful. Start to build your skillset by taking classes and workshops. (Quick Learning Hack: Edx offers free online courses from top universities around the world that allow you to learn at your own pace). In addition to honing the skills, you will need, start to build your network and support system. Ask yourself who you have in your life that might be able to offer a supportive skill, funding if needed, advice, or even a shoulder to lean on when you grow weary. Also, start to expand you network by attending meetups, conferences, and community organizations. Connect with as many people as you can who may have an interest in your goal. And it’s a two-way street- Start to make yourself available whenever possible to help others achieve their dreams. Your vibe attracts your tribe!
Be brave you badass truth seeking fear slayer! Run on until you find your path. Dance until you find your beat. Chase your dream with strategy and passion until you’ve caught it in the palm of your hand.