MARKETING? SHMARKETING!

December 2, 2010 by  
Filed under AHA Moments, News, Practical Spirituality

In a recent email newsletter to my subscribers, I told them in order to be more completely aligned with my mission to serve others, that I was revamping my business, especially in the areas of marketing and pricing.

Today, I want all of my readers to have the same information too! What follows  is an excerpt from my POSITIVE VIBES newsletter and some further explanation and information so everyone is on the same page and has the same NEW opportunities!

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INSTEAD of listening to marketing gurus that primarily teach (at the end of the day) how to persuade you into buying my services and products, I am returning to my original “stars-in-my-eyes” intention when I began this path nearly 3 years, to FULLY and COMPLETELY (as humanly possible) trust my heart and my intuition (aka Divine Guidance) and follow the principles of the Law of Attraction,

I don’t feel good “persuading” you.  I believe in the principle of “attraction rather than promotion.”  In other words, I freely put out what I’m about, how I can help you, give you some inspiration, encouragement, help you learn and grow, and then, if you are interested, you exercise your FREE WILL and contact me because you want 1:1 help with YOUR specific, personal issues.

I’m also not about guilt trips and limited time offers for the sake of them.  I’ll put out offers from time to time as my Divine Spirit guides me to — and sometimes — they may only be valid for a short time — while that specific energy is present.  But I just can’t tell you you have to “buy now” or the offer will be ripped away from you and “gone forever.”

I also don’t want to clutter your Inbox several times a week which seems to be common practice these days.  I’ll be publishing inspirational articles, learning tools, and A-HA moments regularly on my website and you have the opportunity to subscribe to those articles either through the RSS Feed or by email so those posts will automatically shoot into your Inbox.

Alternatively, you may choose (which I certainly hope you will! ) to check in regularly (here) on my website and see what’s there that may be useful to you.  It’s a great place to stop in when you are having a fearful, anxious, or stressful moment — almost any of the articles will help lift your vibration and of course the Friday Funnies will always give you a giggle!

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As mentioned above,  I’ve also completed overhauled my pricing and services.  I just can’t see charging you exorbitantly high prices.  I’ts not that I don’t believe I’m worth 4 figures per hour, but I’m just not that kind of girl!  I don’t buy designer brands when I can find something I like just as much that doesn’t have a designer label and therefore costs substantially less.  I like staying in 5 star hotels, but I like it even better when I’m using a special offer, or found a “deal” . . .

So I just can’t justify charging what I perceive as inflated prices even though I know the benefit and transformation you may receive from our sessions may well be priceless!

I therefore invite you to check out  my ALL NEW Services Page which I created to make coaching available to EVERYONE who is ready and willing, whether or not your bank account says your able.

As always, if you have any questions or comments — please leave them below or email me at Steph @ InfiniteInnerPower.com !

I soooo love hearing from you and thank you to all of you who have already taken the time to give me your feedback and sooo much encouragement! :)

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HOW TO GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under AHA Moments, Forgivness, Practical Spirituality

“You are only resentful to the extent you have given away your personal power.”

- Katherine Woodward Thomas

I have been reading (AND doing the exercises in) Katherine Woodward Thomas’ book, Calling In The One” and came across her powerful quote this morning.  It hit me like a ton of bricks because I have been doing a lot of forgiveness work regarding my former marriage – especially since my ex remarried a couple of weeks ago.

His marriage wasn’t a surprise to me – I had been told about it and frankly had expected it.  But when I actually saw the Facebook status change in my newsfeed – well – I was quite surprised at how deeply it hit me.

I’ve taught a lot about forgiveness over the years, and written a lot about it also.  Of course that’s because I’ve also had too-many-to-mention opportunities to practice forgiveness over the years.  And being in my mid-50s now, well that’s been quite a few years already!  (This is one of the great advantages I’m finding during this period of my life – the wisdom that comes from having been around the block a few times already! : )

I spent a good number of years learning how to forgive my parents initially.  One of the most helpful things  I was taught was to recognize and accept that my parents did the best they could with the tools they had.  The truth is – we ALL do the best we can with the tools we have at the time.  And if we have limited tools . . . well . . . sometimes there are consequences that we have to deal with that are part of our life  lessons.

Another forgiveness tool I’ve had great success with is Ho’OPonoPono – a Hawaiian technique brought to the public eye via Joe Vitale’s discovery of  Dr. Hu Lin.  Dr. Lin cured an entire ward of a prison mental hospital using the Ho O Pono Pono process.  Dr. Lin believed that he was responsible for everything and everyone that was around him through the thoughts he created and therefore if he could change his thought process, he could also change the lives and circumstances around him.

So Dr. Lin spent each day in his office with one of the inmates files.  Over and over again, he simply repeated the four phrases:

I am sorry.

I love you.

Please forgive me.

Thank You.

One by one the inmates were cured and eventually they shut down the ward because not only were the current patients cured, but no NEW patients arrived to fill up the beds!

But until today, when I read Katherine’s comment “You are only resentful to the extent you have given away your personal power” I had not consciously realized that I was actually giving away my power by holding on to some resentment about (and therefore not being able to completely forgive)  the dissolution of my marriage.  I was in conflict with one of my own primary beliefs — that I am 100,000% in charge of my life and everything that manifests in it.

And that includes everything about my relationship with my ex.  I was NOT a victim, though I have played the part more than I care to admit.  I was NOT a martyr either, though I played that role also for a time.  And while I was playing those roles – I was giving away my power!  My power to create the life I choose!  My power to create and experience JOY!  My power to manifest my new desires!

When we hold both hands clenched around our resentments – our need to be “right” – we cannot OPEN our hands (or more importantly our HEARTS) to allow in new love, new peace, new joy!

The only way to do open our clenched hands and hearts  is to forgive ourselves!  And as you do, the resentment will dissolve and disappear and your full power will be restored.

You always have the infinite inner power to choose again!

Is today the day YOU will choose to forgive and reclaim YOUR full power?

Blessings!

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HONESTY PAYS!

November 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Friday Funnies

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, “Hmmm…. That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills.”

The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”

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GRATITUDE DAY

November 21, 2010 by  
Filed under General, Law of Attraction, Practical Spirituality

It’s typical at this time of year, at least here in the United States, to start thinking about gratitude. After all, that is, of course, the main message of the Thanksgiving Holiday. I guess I’m glad there is a day that specifically focuses us on being grateful, but personally, I find it a little sad.

Why?

Because gratitude is such a vital component to creating a consciously aware life filled with the CHOICES rather than CIRCUMSTANCES. And to have a life filled with joy, peace and prosperity you can’t relegate being thankful to just one day a year.

This year, consider starting a new tradition. How about 365 days of gratitude? How good do you think you and your family would feel if every single day you were each thankful for at least ONE thing in your lives? Can you imagine the energy of that collective attitude of gratitude  carried throughout the whole year?

The list of things to be grateful is endless! From the sun rising each morning, to the birds chirping, to the smile on your kid’s face, or the lick on your face from your doggie’s tongue! Then there’s all your body parts that keep working on your behalf for the most part! What about the glory of mother nature – I’m looking at some beautiful roses blooming right outside my office window at the moment!

Thanksgiving Day is THE perfect time to start a gratitude journal. (And for you non-U.S. folks choose an appropriate holiday for your culture or make one up and call it GRATITUDE DAY!) It doesn’t have to be fancy! You can stop at the dollar store and buy little 3-5 notepads for all of your guests! On the first page, start out the list by telling them how grateful you are that they are sharing this day with you. Suggest the new tradition and imagine how cool it would be for everyone to bring their journals to Thanksgiving Dinner NEXT year filled with all the blessings of the year!

We frequently speak of the Law of Attraction – what you think about is what you bring about – so if you want more blessings in your life – being in gratitude for all that you currently have – is a great way to generate MORE being returned to you!

And I will take this opportunity to thank each of you for reading this! It may sound corny – but I’m willing for you to think that. Whenever I hear from one of you that the words I’ve written, or the session we’ve had together has been useful to you – my heart swells with joy! I am soooooooo grateful for that opportunity – it is SUCH a blessing to me!

Wishing you a joyful holiday filled with conscious awareness of your bountiful blessings!

Remember — you ALWAYS have the infinite inner power of CHOICE!

STEPHANIE RAINBOW BELL, Conscious Awareness Expert

P.S. The holidays can also bring up a lot of emotions – some of which can be quite challenging. I’ve created the HARMONY FOR THE HOLIDAYS Email Coaching package just so you don’t have to deal with all that alone. From now until January 2nd, 2011 , just email me with your questions, challenges or issues and I’ll provide solutions, encouragement, support and new perspectives by return email! Receive  six weeks of (up to) daily email support for $47! Give your SELF an early holiday present! You’ll have someone in YOUR corner, with YOUR best interests to heart to give you personal, individual attention from now until the beginning of the new year! You deserve HARMONY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!



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THE TURKEY THAT PLAYS FOOTBALL

November 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Friday Funnies

The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout.

Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.”

“Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”

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THE COSMIC WET VAC

November 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Divine Messages, Overcoming Fear, Practical Spirituality

OK . . .

So you are sitting in your home or office, you know there is “stuff” to be done and you don’t want to do it.  More than you don’t WANT to do it . . . you are scared to do it.  Maybe not scared to do the chores, but scared to do the “something” that will bring a little more light into your life, bring a little more joy, or  expand your beingness.

What the hell am I talking about you ask?

OK . . . here’s MY example.

I’m a business owner.  As much as I don’t want to be a business OWNER – I’d far rather just help others with my intuitive gifts and coaching, I AM a business OWNER and there are business OWNER-type things that need doing.

Like providing great content on my website.

And yes – there is divine right timing and inspired action and all that that comes into play – but this particular post – is about FEAR.  Paralyzing, I-am-NOT-going-to-take-that-next-action-step, FEAR.  Beyond logic, beyond reason, beyond all the “knowingness” I possess . . . overwhelming all of that (and yes because I am allowing it) . . . is FEAR – like a great big vat of molasses that I’ve fallen into and can’t find the ladder or a rope or a miracle way out.

So sometimes, (I hate to admit it out loud though) I allow the fear to take over my [business] life in subtle ways or not so subtle ways.  But mostly – I allow it to freeze me into IN-action . . . ME – the great coach – ME – the great teacher – ME the student of 30+ years of metaphysical teachings . . . ME . . . stuck in a vat of molasses.

What am I going to do about it?

I was listening to a Sunday Blessing presented by Glenda Green recently and  I heard (in my mind) . . . “picture this Dear One . . .”

Picture what?

They continued . . .  “Visualize your fear as if it was a lot of goopy stuff inside of you that can get sucked out by a Cosmic Wet Vac!” . . . (Yes . . . that’s what I heard . . . “they” have a sense of humor and speak to me in MY kind of language so that I “get” it!)

At the same time, I heard another voice in me telling me that the fear is only illusion so picturing it like goop is making an illusion real – and I understood that – but at that moment – my Highest Self was NOT in the driver’s seat and that thick goopy molasses like stuff WAS . . . so I went back and pictured the goopy stuff and tried to push it into the center of my imagination – picturing my kitchen – and all this goop in the center of my kitchen floor . . .

And then they said “We will turn on the wet vac now . . . your job is to make sure that YOU are willing to let go of all the goopy stuff . . . and open all the cupboards and closets and secret hiding places . . . so that WE can suck it all out for you . . . ”

And so . . . .

That’s what I did.

Mentally, I opened up all my closets, cupboards, drawers and lifted the skirt under the bed.  I opened the door to the attic, to the garage, to the storage boxes buried in the back of the closet …. And  I “allowed” the wet vac to suck up all the goop.

And then I heard  . . . “now go write . . . ”

Excuse me?  Go write?  Shouldn’t I just sit here and wallow a little more?  Shouldn’t I assimilate this experience?  Shouldn’t I distract myself with some chore or another?

And they said  . .  .”If what you fear most is “doing” then NOT doing is gonna make more goop isn’t it?  And didn’t you just ask us to wet vac that crap up?”

Uh .  . . . oops . . . . yes . . . . Yes, I did.

So here I am.

Writing this blog post.  Because in order for me to be of maximum service to YOU, my website needs content for you!  Content I was afraid to write because it would put me out there for you to judge.  And you might judge me harshly.  And then I’d crumble into a pile of dirt that needed to be swept away under the rug.

Now that is certainly “small me” thinking.  The Higher Self me knows better.  The Higher Self knows that all of us have gifts to share with each other and one of mine is my willingness to put my “stuff” out there because it might, maybe, help someone else.

Because I’m probably NOT the only human that is afraid to take the “next” step whatever that means for them.  Because I’m probably NOT the only human that has procrastinated because of Fear.  Because I’m probably NOT the only human that gets caught up in her “small” self . . .

Taking that next step even when we think we are stuck in molasses . . . that’s called “courage” in some circles.  It’s called “faith” in some circles.  It’s called “trust” in some circles.  And sometimes, sometimes we just have to get up off our asses and DO IT . . . that is IF we want what lies where that “next step” will take us.

So do me a favor will you please?

If this post has rung a bell for you will you please make a comment below?  Let me know whether it has helped you?  You know what . . . let me know even if you disagree  . . . . because  . . . by YOU taking the action to write YOUR comment . . . it may just help another human being . . . . and I know it will help me.

Thank you.

Namaste.

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A GOOD BUZZ

November 16, 2010 by  
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Book CoverFrom time to time I choose to support fellow spiritually-minded business professionals by participating in events that I feel would be of benefit to my readers/clients, such as book launches or a new seminar or product.

I am happy to announce that today, you have the opportunity to receive an inspirational boost , and I definitely think you will want to be part of the BUZZ!

Julie Clark, founder of The Inspirational Coffee Club, is launching her beautiful new book, Inspirational Coffee Breaks for Women: 12 Ground Rules for Pouring Your Heart into Life. This unique guide for life is overflowing with heartwarming stories, thoughtful reflection questions, and rich wisdom to help you discover creative, new ways to revitalize and renew your life. It’s a true dose of encouragement for the soul! (And you don’t have to be a coffee lover to enjoy it!) It’s the perfect gift to warm-up the Holidays and perk up the New Year for you or any woman in your life!

To celebrate the launch of the new book, Julie is hosting the world’s largest ‘INSPIRATIONAL COFFEE BREAK’ TODAY, Tuesday, November 16th,  to help women refill that part of themselves that gets poured out in the daily grind. When you purchase the book TODAY from Amazon.com, you will receive an extra jolt of BONUS GIFTS from over 90 other  authors and entrepreneurs from across the world. I’ve been invited to be one of those involved in this amazing event and am brimming with excitement to share it with you.

Order your copy TODAY and receive over 90 FREE  BONUS GIFTS (including my latest E-course, “21-Days Of Powerful Creation”) at:

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Here’s what a few who’ve gotten a ‘Sneak Peek’ of the new book have to say:

“I have never read a book that I couldn’t wait to read again, with highlighter in hand to mark the areas that were especially touching. It made me laugh, it made me cry. A book that truly warmed my heart and inspired my soul.”

“This is a MUST read book…. Its unique and will definitely get you jump-started to a new you.”

“Whether you are a working woman, a stay at home mom, or a young woman just out of college, this book will touch and motivate you to become a better person. The way that Julie has poured her heart and soul into this book to help and encourage others is truly magical. You will leave this book feeling rejuvenated and inspired.”

The perfect blend of encouragement, humor, self-reflection and easy-to-apply action steps, Inspirational Coffee Breaks for Women will to inspire you to never stop dreaming,  never stop loving, never stop perservering, and never stop getting EVERY LAST DROP out of each and every day!

When you purchase your copy of Inspirational Coffee Breaks for Women TODAY you will receive over 90 complimentary gifts (including my latest E-Course) to help you improve in all areas of your life.

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It’s truly the PERFECT GIFT to warm-up the Holiday Season for yourself or any wonderful woman in your lifeMoms, Daughters, Friends, Aunts, Grandma’s, or Co-workers! www.InspirationalCoffeeBreaksForWomen.com

Give YOUR life a good jolt  TODAY and enjoy this one-of-a-kind ‘INSPIRATIONAL COFFEE BREAK’ event. Let’s face it—you spend so much time pouringyour wonderful self out to others. Let TODAY be the day you fill yourself up with inspiration and motivation for brewing more HAPPINESS, SUCCESS and JOY!

Warm blessings to you!

P.S. As you know, coffee is always best when shared with others. Here’s 2 ways to share this one-of-a-kind blessing with friends:

(1)  Forward a copy of this email to friends who could also use a BOOST.

(2) Buy multiple copies and give them as Holiday gifts to the women you cherish most!

Go to www.InspirationalCoffeeBreaksForWomen.com

and enjoy over 90 Inspirational Bonus Gifts

including MY latest POWERFUL CREATION E-Course!

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BE THE LOVE – Even When Your Ex Remarries

November 15, 2010 by  
Filed under AHA Moments, Practical Spirituality, Relationships

My ex remarried this past weekend.  I knew it was going to happen, we have had a cordial and amicable divorce and in fact, I helped my 23-yr old daughter prepare to attend the event.  So it wasn’t new news.  And, I had also arranged to spend Saturday evening with some of my sacred sisters, participating in a Native American Fire Releasing Ceremony – giving me the IDEAL opportunity to let the past go (again) and focus on my gratitude and intention for the future.

And that went very well.

And Sunday I woke up feeling quite bright and lighter and pleased with myself.

And then, late Sunday evening, while hanging out on Facebook, I noticed a new item in my NewsFeed.  My ex had changed his relationship status from “in a relationship” to “MARRIED.” And despite ALL the work I’ve done processing the divorce since we first decided to split in January 2009, seeing that silly status change hit me like a ton of bricks.

This morning, I woke up still thinking about it.  As I went for my morning swim I asked my Guides and Angels to help me see this all differently.  I did NOT want to play “the victim” – because I am NOT a victim.  I know I co-created everything that led up to our decision to split.  I did NOT want to play the martyr either.  While some of the circumstances of our breakup could be woven into a martyr scenario – again, I cannot be a martyr if I take responsibility for co-creating the situation and circumstances.

So during my swim, I did a lot of HoOPonoPono (a Hawaiian forgiveness process) that I chanted while I swam.  I felt a little better afterwards but still not as peaceful as I would ideally like.

When I got home, I checked my emails. I subscribe to many inspirational messages and one of my favorite is from Dyan Garris, Voice of the Angels. Believing in Divine Synchronicities as I do, I was not surprised to find the message below in my Inbox this morning.

Daily Channeled Message

A challenge for today – for any day, really – is to be the love. Examine where you give your power away and for what reasons. When you find yourself engaging in whatever that you don’t want to be engaging in, stop for a minute, take a deep breath and pull yourself back into the love. No matter who or what is pushing the button, try to realize that you don’t have to open the door, nor do you have to sit there and allow button pushing unless you really want to. It’s a choice for both the pusher and the pushee. Realize that you are simply living whatever it is you’ve created. That’s all. It’s very simple. Taking responsibility for perhaps inviting someone to push the button is a huge step forward. Knowing that people and things happen for a reason, and that reason is to teach you something about love, can be a very valuable piece of information. So instead of allowing someone or something to push you today, pull back into center instead. Cozy and safe, and maybe you can’t even hear the button being pushed from in there.

Pretty perfect eh?

I was asking to stay focused on the fact I ALWAYS have a choice how I FEEL.  It is always my choice to change my perception.  It is always my choice to hold onto my power or to give it away.

Dyan reminded me about BEING THE LOVE.  I choose that as part of my mission and purpose for being here on the planet at this time.  I am a Lightworker.  I bring light and love where there is darkness.  That’s my job.  And I LOVE IT!

Today I have the power and capacity and ability and DESIRE to choose LOVE.  Love for myself AND for my ex and his new wife.  Love sees only Love.  Better still, Love FEELS only Love.  And loving myself feels a whole lot better than being a victim, or a martyr, or feeling abandoned.  Today I love myself enough – to love myself!  I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.  And when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t consciously feeling “the love” – for myself or for my ex!

But now I do.  Now I remember that I can choose how I feel and I can always choose to return to LOVE.  And so can you!  Regardless of the situation – we can always choose to change our thoughts, change our beliefs, change our perspectives and return to our Sacred Heart!

Man!  That’s GREAT news isn’t it?

May you feel the joy of being the love that you are today and every day.

And so it is. : )

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PANCAKES

November 12, 2010 by  
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A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.”

The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”

2.    A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.” The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”
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IS “SELF-DISCIPLINE” A DIRTY WORD?

According to Michael Bernard Beckwith – absolutely not.  We are reading his latest book “Spiritual Liberation” in one of my weekly study groups and when he introduced his concept of self-discipline in Chapter 4 – well – it was a real eye opener for me.

I was raised in a pretty rigid household with quite an authoritarian/dictator/ lawyer-to-the-max father.  That never really suited my personality apparently from the git-go because my earliest memories are of being told “NO” and “Go to your room!”  I was more free-spirited and strong-willed than I believe either of my parents would have preferred and so I was constantly being told to be more disciplined (read that – “do what I was told”).

There was another aspect of my 17 years living under my parents’ roof that was even more tyrannical.  I was overweight apparently from birth so the story goes.  I won’t go into the gory details but let’s just say it was common place in our house for refrigerators and cupboards to be locked, for things that had been promised to me, to be taken away or not given as punishment, and in my teens, to be grounded if I hadn’t lost the requisite 2 lbs per week my father had instigated as a weekly rule.  In fact, I didn’t learn how to drive until I was married and in my early 20s because that was another “consequence” of my not losing weight my father wanted me to lose.

All that is to say that discipline, in ANY form, much less of self, was THE FURTHEST thing from my mind!  I was (and still am truth be known) quite the rebel and somewhat understandably so and it’s been a very interesting ride untangling the web of convoluted beliefs, decisions and actions of those early years.  Self-discipline to me was a rather dirty word indeed.  It meant I “had to” do something and even if that something was/is for my own good AND of my own choosing – well – I admit that rebellious kid and teenager still have a pretty strong footing upstairs in my brain!

But Rev. Michael’s words really stuck with me this time for some reason.  He wrote:

“The gift of self-discpline is that it has the power to take you beyond the reasoning of temporary emotion to freedom” . . . The combination of the love for something with the willingness to do what it takes to practice it – discipline – results in freedom.”

Well FREEDOM is something I’ve always craved and not just in this lifetime I think!

I left my parents’ home at 17 and actually got married in order to be “free” of my parents’ restrictions.  It didn’t take long though before I realized that “restrictions” are just apart of life.  They are the boundaries that maintain some semblance of order in our society, as well as within our own psyches.  Without some sort of borders and guidelines and rules we would all be running amuck which would make for a VERY interesting physical existence!

So, back to today.   Here I am – exercising self-discipline – writing this blog post at the end of a longer-than-usual-for-me day.  It is an exercise in self-discipline for me – an act towards freedom for me – because I made a commitment to myself to  21 days of specific, outlined, physical actions in my business.  I wanted to develop some new habits and I set my intention not only to develop the new habits but also to receive clarity and inspiration regarding my business.  And today is Day 14 of my 21 Day Plan.

It’s after 5pm as I write this.  Five in the afternoon has NEVER been a good time of day for me to be productive.  I’m a morning girl.  At 5 AM I could write my little heart out, but by 5PM, my body, mind and spirit are ready to turn-off and cozy up to my Tivo!  And I didn’t procrastinate about writing today either.  I was out of the house at 6am, went to the gym for my workout- swim, went to the grocery store and put gas in the car all before 8am. Then put away the groceries, etc., then the phone rang and it was urgent, then my daughter rang and it too was urgent and next thing I know it’s time to leave for my Monday Study Group.  Then it was off to the vet for the Lovely Lola’s annual check up, home and another urgent discussion with my daughter.  Oh – and I hadn’t even eaten all day!!!  So then I ate!  And next thing I know it’s 4:45pm !!!

Was I tempted to say “F _ _ _ It!  I’m just not writing today?

HELL YES!!!! “Temporary emotion” as Rev. Michael says, would make it VERY EASY for me to pass on Day 14 of my 21 Day  Plan and make excuses to myself for failing to keep my commitment to myself.

And you know what?

A couple of weeks ago I would have done just that.

But Rev. Michael’s words just kept ringing in my ears:  “The gift of self-discipline is that it has the power to take you beyond the reasoning of temporary emotion to freedom.”

And I chose freedom today.  Yes I DID!

“The combination of the love for something with the willingness to do what it takes to practice it – discipline – results in freedom.” I have a love for myself to show myself that I am WILLING to do what it takes to keep my 21 day commitment to myself. And by practicing self-discipline, this time, in this way  . . . I get to be FREE.

I chose FREEDOM!

YAY! MEEEEEEEEE!

Happy Dance Time!

Now where’s my Tivo remote? : )

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