Lately, I am constantly walking around in a state called “goose bumps!” My skin feeling extra alive and sensitive to what’s happening right now, my whole being in a state of just-right excitement, food tastes extra delicious, and all my senses are vibrantly turned on! Whatever I am involved in or working on is coming together with ease and amazing quality, and then leading naturally to my next involvement, which is right on track with where I want to go.
Once or twice, I’ve caught myself wondering if I’m missing something—like the hard part—and I realize I’m not used to such ease, so little resistance, anxiety, or concern about my next step. When I realize I am doing this, looking for the hard part, I stop, breathe, and then I relax. I let go of my imagined-worry memories and step right back into the flow state.
These feelings and the results I’m creating are too good to just let them be a blip on my radar screen of life. So I’ve been paying attention to how this all came about. I keep asking myself this question: “What am I doing differently to create this ease and these great results?” I stay open-minded, curious, listening to my own responses, and this is what I learned.
The recipe is simple. That is not to say it is easy. Taking the action is a little more involved. What am I doing differently? I let go of my fear of knowing my truth and what that could lead to. I let go of my expectations of how life is supposed to be. I let go of worrying about whether you will like me or not; I let go of my fear that “they” would laugh at me. I let go of thinking that I could never do enough, be enough, have enough. I let go of judging my own dreams. I let go of my past limitations and looked to my future. My future, my own creation!
And my vision became crystal clear. I found a place inside my heart, mind, and spirit so peaceful and yet exhilarating that I burst out laughing! I let myself see how I want my life to be at home in my relationships with my husband, sons, and family. I let myself see what I want to create in my work with my staff, participants, breast cancer survivors. I let myself see the impact I want to have wherever I am, and even where I am not, in this world crying out for inspiration. I let myself see how and where I want to invest my time and with whom, my community involvement, and most of all what I want Wings to stand for and to be. And I am simply doing those things. I chose them with every ounce of my being!
Like I said before, the recipe is easy; taking the action is where the work takes place, where the transformation occurs. Doing the action is where my fear of the unknown raises its scary head and tells me, “Don’t do it. They will think you are weird! This is dangerous.” However, when my vision is compelling, makes my heart go flip-flop in a great way, when I know it is what I really want, my passion pulls me through my fear. My courage helps me calm my anxious heart and do what I know will fulfill my dreams.
Will there be bumps and lumps along the way? Of course. Lumps are part of life, those unexpected events that are outside the story we have written for ourselves, that challenge us to rise up above our fears and be our best selves. Will my vision take me to places I can’t see yet? Of course. Pioneers do not know for sure where they are going, and surprises are a delightful part of life. Will I be doing what I want to do, and spending time with people, like you, who I want to be with? Yes, because I am stepping into my vision again and again and living it with the support of so many loving and inspired people…fellow travelers.
Seeing our vision clearly and then choosing it again and again at each choice point is the key to freedom, fulfillment, and personal success. What do you want your life to stand for? How do you want to be remembered? Is it time to let yourself dream big?
May every day of your life be filled with joy, abundance, right action, truth, compassion, creativity, friends, and your crystal-clear vision to lead the way.
1. What are you doing when you feel most alive, present, and fulfilled?
2. In the past, what have you thought that made doing things feel hard for you?
3. What have you been afraid others would think of you if you did what you wanted most?
4. If you knew you would be remembered for three things at the end of your life, what would you want them to be?
With love and gratitude,