Been exploring a lot lately. Not the typical adventurous Indiana Jones-type explorations…like exploring a cave on the side of a mountain in Peru or diving in the coral reefs just off the coast of Australia. Nope. These are the “road less traveled” kind.
I have a ritual that I strive to honor every morning.
I consciously set a daily intention. Examples: I set my intention to be open to the possibilities around _________ (fill in the blank). I intend to stay in a joyful state of mind all day and see what effect it has on my day. Thing is, I used to forget to listen and look for the positive nods and messages from the universe in response to the daily intention. This all changed one day.
I was just about finished with the foundational education I have chosen for my Life and Business Coaching certification. I wondered, “What’s next? How will I make the leaps into the next levels of my business? How will I keep the level of joy that is so important to me as I increase my responsibilities? What if it doesn’t go as I am envisioning?” …. yadda, yadda, yadda. Babble, babble, babble.
Any of this negative self doubt monkey mind talk sound familiar?
A saying came back to me: “It is always darkest before the dawn.”
That may be a tad dramatic, but for grins, indulge me a moment and you will see the brightness that comes with the “dark side.” By dark side, I mean:
I decided to get closer to my dark side. Was it real? Or just the smoke and mirrors that my ego likes to play with from time to time?
Armed with my daily intention of getting to the truth of these matters, a new awareness came over me. I realized that a recent series of events were the positive nods and messages in response to my intention.
My mentor coach asked me:
“If money were not an issue, would you still be coaching?”
This got me to thinking about all of the things that I enjoy in life…
One of my sisters read an article to me about a man who has patchworked several part-time jobs to keep his income level in a happy place and found an inner happiness that took him by surprise.
I found that taking a part-time job that brought me in closer contact with people on a day-to-day basis made me happy. It wasn’t so much the extra cash, but the feeling of community that did that for me.
A friend, an entrepreneur, sent me a blog post that she was thinking about publishing and wanted another set of impartial eyes to review it. It was basically about reinventing oneself. More specifically, it was about how to set yourself apart from the others, who may offer something similar business-wise. You set yourself apart by offering a unique value.
:: A positive nod ::
I very unexpectedly ran into two former co-workers …who are now successful entrepreneurs. I stumbled into one of their shops. I had coached them a few years ago while we worked for the same company. They took the time to thank me for the lessons learned, which they are now applying to their businesses.
:: a positive nod ::
These “events” are all around us. It’s actually amazing (and quite fun) to see what what you get when you pay attention…because when you do, the universe will happily dance with you and your explorations.
You just have to tap into your awareness.
These nods and messages have been what I needed to help me move forward into the brightness and away from the dark side.
And back to the question my mentor coach asked me, in case you were wondering …. the answer is yes.