A client recently shared that she felt like she’s been on a roller coaster the past couple of months, with ups, downs and everything in between. The challenge she brought to our coaching session was, “how can I keep momentum with my big dream of moving to Europe when I’ve got such a demanding schedule. On top of that, her “dream job’ search was going nowhere. In a tight and competitive market, she had received multiple rejections and was beginning to sink into self-doubt and fear for her future. This scenario is a common experience. Rarely do we decide to pursue something big and exciting without setbacks.
Years ago, when I was in San Diego to lead a coach certification training, I discovered a beautiful small beach near where I was staying. At the end of the last training day, I felt inspired and grateful, and I was also …very tired. It had been a long week of transformational teaching and coaching. As I drove to my hotel that evening, I suddenly got an internal nudge to go to the beach again before I flew back to Ohio. So I did. The sky was pitch black and illuminated with hundreds of twinkling stars and a gorgeous full moon. I was the only person there.
This past week, I had a great conversation with my friend and colleague, Tiamo. We discussed everything, catching up on life and family and comparing notes on authoring our new books. The conversation morphed into such an interesting topic. Tiamo asked me how I planned to market my new book, Dream It, Design It, Live It- The Ultimate Guide to Manifesting Your Next-Level Life. (Which I am excited to share will be published on October 26, 2023 by Hybrid Global! More on that to come!) If he had asked me this last year, I would have an entirely different answer than what I shared with him.
Have you ever worked hard on something only to experience that it just isn’t working out the way you imagined, leaving you feeling frustrated and stressed? Several months ago I had this exasperating situation. An inspiring 3-month long project that began as a labor of love became hard. Too hard. To the point that it was stressful and no longer enjoyable. For a bit, I continued to push forward, ignoring the signals I received physically and emotionally. I wracked my brain and reviewed the details and strategies of this project to the point that I literally got tired of it. I put it aside. I felt a lot of different emotions, as “giving up” isn’t one of my go-to behaviors. Here’s what happened next….
How’s your self care? Cultivating daily self care requires two things… consideration of self (how do I feel, what do I need right now) and action (choosing an activity that uplifts you and gives you a sense of well- being.) As you build your self-care capacity, it will become a part of every day life to consider yourself and take care of you. Here are some areas to draw from for your own self care. The choices are endless.
If you had a magic wand and you could manifest anything you wanted, what would that be? Is your vision for your Next-Level Life to become healthier and more vibrant, or to have more fun and adventure, or to meet your soul mate, or to uplevel your current relationship from “OK” to “off the charts fabulous” or create more income with joy, ease and flow? Whatever your goals are, honor them! Go BIG… Claim what you truly want. No excuses, minimizing, or concessions.