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January 2017

Don’t take action until you are inspired to act

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Inspiration comes first. Action second.

I began to write this post over a week ago. I stopped because I didn’t feel inspired. Today I feel compelled to share with you, so… here I go.

When we feel uninspired to do something, we tend to believe the solution is to apply more effort through action. We attempt to boost our energy by forcing ourselves to move, but this is operating from a state of lack – lack of desire, lack of energy, lack of ideas, lack of interest, and lack of clarity. To overcome this apathy, we goad ourselves by using motivating factors such as money or goals to incite desire, but the resulting action is short-lived. We may stick with whatever it is for a little while, but we lose interest quickly. This is the limitation of motivation. Without tapping into our true source of power, our actions are ineffective.

In contrast, when we are inspired, we are operating from a state of fullness – heartfelt desire, boundless energy, brilliant ideas, keen interest, and stunning clarity. It’s obvious that this is a much more advantageous place to engage from. Inspired action is also sustainable because as long as we maintain the feeling of being inspired, we have the energy to act.

Inspiration comes from alignment

Connection with our source of energy comes from focusing within. When we are in alignment with our inner being, we become an open channel to receive and flow energy into the manifest world. This is what it means to be inspired. We access a power that goes far beyond our singular capacity – we tap into the energy that creates worlds. When we learn how to allow this connection, we can create in our lives with much more ease and grace. All kinds of ideas occur to us, an abundance of opportunities present themselves, the right people appear, and the path ahead unfolds seemingly effortlessly.

How to align with your inner being

When you don’t feel inspired, instead of reacting with more strained effort, pause to reconnect with who you really are. You might want to:

Give yourself permission to stop being so “busy”
If you are being honest with yourself, you are aware that your constant “busy-ness” is not really achieving your desired outcomes, anyways. And if you are busy doing things you don’t really want to do, you are draining energy that you could use to do the things you truly want to do. It takes great courage, however, to stop for a while and take the time to realign, especially in a world that values doing over being. I promise you, however, if you take a breather, your life won’t fall apart. And if it does, perfect, it needed to.

Connect with your purpose, vision, and mission for your life
This is about being clear about why you are here and what is the impact you wish to have on the world. For you. Not for others, for you. You can only truly live your life for yourself, otherwise you become dependent on others for giving your life meaning. If you do that, your fulfillment will always be temporary because you have given others the power to giveth and also taketh away. When you connect with what your life is about for you, then you feel inspired and you have access to a constant stream of energy that allows you to be in generous service to others.

Understand your inherent value is not proportional to “what you are doing” in the world
Again, we live in an action-focused world that assigns value based on external measures. Does that mean if I stopped doing everything that I am no longer a worthy being? Of course not, that’s ridiculous. I am valuable, no matter what. And so are you. Liberate your activities in the world from proving your worth and simply be. Being you is the highest gift you can give to another, anyways.

Rediscover your experience of joy
Sometimes we need to do things to help remind us of our natural state of inspiration. Break away from your obligations and do only that which you truly want to do. Ask yourself what would feel good to do, not because it would result in any outcome, but simply because it would feel good. If you cannot do the things you want to do, just imagine them and allow yourself to feel good, anyways. Feeling good is the indicator of flowing energy. The more you flow, the more momentum you build, and the more inspired you feel.

Examine where you are creating resistance in your life and let it go
You can identify resistance by anywhere that you feel negative emotion. Those emotions indicate that we are blocking ourselves from receiving the natural flow of energy. Notice the thoughts are you thinking that create tension, fear, sadness, or anger. Find a way to look upon those same subjects from a different perspective that allows you to soften the resistance. The less the resistance, the more the energy flows.

Once you have done the work of aligning with your inner being, you will feel inspired. You know you are inspired when:
• You are buzzing with energy
• Ideas and opportunities are flowing to you constantly
• You want to take action, you can’t imagine not doing so
• There is genuine desire, not pretense
• Your next steps are obvious to you
• The timing feels right, you know now is the time

The next time you feel uninspired, before you jump into action, take the time to reconnect with yourself and allow the energy to flow. When you are inspired, then take action. You will be surprised and delighted by what happens.

2017 is the year of the “new story”

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Are you stuck in the loop of your old story?  

One of my indulgences over the holidays was to watch the entire season of the dramatic TV series Westworld. Wow. What a show. I love it when popular culture so closely mimics what we are experiencing in “real” life.

For those of you who haven’t watched it, the story takes place in a futuristic fictional land called Westworld, a theme park populated with lifelike androids called “hosts” who were created for the purpose of entertaining the “guests” by fulfilling their fantasies. The robots are programmed to live out the same set of events over and over for the continual stream of newly arriving guests. The robots’ memories are frequently erased so that they can repeat story loops without recollection of previous experiences. The basic premise of the show is that the “hosts” begin to become aware that the world they inhabit is not “real” and that they are living a story not of their own design. As they awaken to their own consciousness, they yearn to claim the power to create (and live) their own life.

Sound familiar? As I mentioned previously, the theme of 2016 seemed to have been “letting go of the old”. I became aware in this past year that I have been stuck in a loop of my old story. Sure, my life continued to evolve and I along with it, but I noticed I was reliving the same set of events over and over – different circumstances perhaps, sometimes with different people, but the same story. And a limited one, at that. Well, I finally awakened to the realization that it is time for a dramatic evolution of my own story. As a result, I have birthed new bigger and bolder desires for my life. Also as a result, I have become an expanded version of myself who is excited and prepared to live it. The theme of my new story for 2017 is: 

Let it be easy. 

Sounds simple enough, right? One would think. However, it holds two practices that are newer to me: allowing and ease. Until recently, I was convinced that what I desired – joy, prosperity, adventure – only appeared through the pathway of struggle and hard work. Bah. What a crappy old story. My belief in struggle and hard work created nothing but lack, fear, resistance, and exhaustion. Like I said, a crappy old story. My new story is that I will ease my way to joy. I will enjoy my way to prosperity. I will allow all that I desire to flow to me. And the whole time I will have fun. WAY better story. I’ll let you know how it goes.

What is your new story?

So how about you? What is the old story that you are going to shed like an outworn skin? What is the new story that you are going to embrace with all of your heart and your being? You have the power to create any story you desire. Are you deliberately creating the life you want to live? Are you allowing yourself to experience the grandest, most expanded version of what’s possible for you?

Let 2017 be the year of your new story.