Sunday, November 20, 2011

Failure is the Key to Success

I once read somewhere that if you never try something you cannot fail.
What's a success you've had that's been shaped by failure?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Creatively Visualize your Reality

Imagine yourself lying in this hammock (Photo courtesy of
Wikimedia Commons Free Images)
I love creative visualization and how it has the potential to shape my reality. While traditionally this might mean visualizing or seeing something in your mind's eye, I believe visualization can happen on a more sensual level, which ultimately makes it creative. We can creatively visualize using all of our senses--seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, touching and even intuiting--to attain a desired outcome.

What might this look like? You dream of taking a trip somewhere...perhaps the tropical south, an exotic sandy oasis bathed in sunshine. You close your eyes and see yourself there, hearing the sounds of it, smelling the smells and tasting the salt of the sea, touching the textures, feeling at peace in this environment, and intuiting what that means for you.

This simple act can create our reality. The mind is a powerful vehicle. According to W. Clement Stone, "Whatever the mind...can conceive or believe, it can achieve."

Now you try it: think of something you'd like to do, be, or have. What does that look like when you close your eyes and imagine your goal and its result, using all of your senses?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The 10-10-10 Principle and Letting Go

How important is it? When I am dealing with a huge decision, I stop and ask myself this: What will be the outcome of my 10 10 10 years? And then it is easy to decide because the answer usually tells me what I need to know. Then I can let it go, knowing that the universe will take care of the rest. There is much grace in letting go, like a balloon floating up into the sky.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Self-Awareness Through Conversation

How do I know what I am thinking until I say it? I like this Einstein quote someone once applied to adult learning because it zeros right in on why we need conversation. That space allowing us to verbalize our thoughts also lets us become aware of what we are thinking. It is essential for self-awareness and our learning about the self.

Perhaps this is what makes journal writing so effective. We pen our thoughts, conversing with ourselves. This gets these thoughts out of our heads and into the open for our own examination and learning.

My new experience with personal (life) coaching is that the coaching conversation seamlessly allows this. You achieve this space through the coach's presence and listening. Life coaching is a powerful way to know what you are thinking because you get to say it and have it heard. The bonus is that you get to co-examine your thoughts in a meaningful way.