beauty of ordinary days

Stepping up to the plate and swinging

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In any given moment we have 2 choices ...to step forward into growth, or back into safety ~ Abraham Maslow

in one of my coach training sessions recently where I was the client I got some serious clarity around something that has been an ongoing issue for me for a while, one that you've heard me talk about here on the blog.

....shining my light.  I have struggled with this for a long as I can remember.

now don't get me wrong, I WANT to be out there, to step up to the plate and swing and hit the hell outta that ball. and I mean an outta-the-ball-park kinda swing.  but what stops me every single time is that same onerous thing that hangs me up every time....shining my light.

my coach asked me a question and, after a little pondering, it felt like a ton of bricks had fallen on my head. thunk!  the shining my light thing is not present in Grace, the person who lives her life every day, solid in knowing who she is.

she fricking rocks the light!  

she is very comfortable shining as bright as she can, at any time.  this issue only comes into play these days when she, when I put on my Grace in business hat.

duh!  that was such a revelation to me.  the 2 Grace's are in so very different realms.  

now granted, I've worked on myself  { and my self confidence } a lot over the last 20+ years, so much so that being the center of attention and doing my thang just doesn't bother me anymore. { phew!  that's good to know cause boy was I a wallflower }.

what I didn't know, until i had that discussion with my coach last week, was that there were 2 parts of me.  I truly thought they were one and the same.  that the confident, authentic me was the same person I was in business.

now don't get me wrong, being authentic and real in business are personal core values I bring to the table every day.

what I came away with from that session is that business Grace sometimes most times avoids the light.  what I also know is that business Grace has gotta step up to the damn plate and just swing.

you ever just get so tired of the battle waging inside of you that you just wanna say, eff it...gimme the bat and let me just take a swing?

yup, that's how I'm feeling right about now.  because sometimes that's what the moment calls for.

enough bullshitting around, enough studying and researching and making everything perfect so the outcome could be perfect as well.  

STEP UP TO THE PLATE....and just swing already!

stop waiting for the ultimate time, the right circumstances, getting all the fricking ducks in a row only to find out one is missing and then wanting to hide out some more { this one is so me }

do it!  swing.

...let go of not knowing the outcome.

...let go of wanting perfection { it's overrated ya know }.

...let go of wishing and wanting and never doing.

...let go of the rumble deep down inside that happens every time you think about setting foot outside your comfort zone 

...let go of the doubt and the anxiety

...let go of the thoughts of embarrassment of IT not happening { or IT happening and failing ....yeh, that one too }

...let go of control { this one is H a r d }

it's all good. you know why? cause you can have a do over.

heck, you can have as many do overs as you like...it's your baby, your thing to birth, your thing to bring light to, your turn to shine.

SHINE baby, shine.

cause that's what biz Grace is going to do.  watch me glow. 

remember, you got this. { no really, you do }

take care,

Grace


p.s. the next Soul Speak with Grace minisode that also talks about this subject is up. Check it out here.

did you know....

that in order to help you swing the heck outta that bat you'll need to bring on the SELF love?  yup, you do. 

for a limited time i'll be offering to all JOY Love Tribe members a 25% discount on my SELF Love Kit and it's companion e-course, 5 Days of SELF-Love.  the course is a beautiful process to help you turn some Love inward { with compassion } so you can step up and swing!

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3 steps to creating spectacular ordinary moments

recently i gathered with friends to work on our vision boards for 2016.  ho'o, our host/planner, started us off with a visualization as she walked us thru a story that rang so true, individually for each of us even tho we had totally different experiences.

ordinary moments into spectacular

as we each sat with our eyes closed for most of the visualization, the first thing i remember that came to me immediately was a bright light.  and for me, THIS IS BIG because over the last few years i've been making a more conscious effort to shine my own light and to think that this 2016 visualization is manifesting as me in light instead of in shadow was brilliant.

3 Steps from Ordinary Moments to Spectacular Days

once again, in this 15 minutes of quiet meditation where we were being guided to see what we want, what we need, what we will make manifest this year for our businesses, the ordinariness of our day progressed to extra ordinary heights by the time we concluded.

which is what led me to writing this post......

how can you turn an ordinary day into something more spectacular?

pay attention

that's right.  1st....become more aware.  ever so simple right?  it can be the most transformational yet, at the same time, be so flipping elusive.  the thing to do is, as you go about each day be mindful of your presence, be mindful of your surroundings, be mindful of your thoughts,  be mindful of others.  in this one activity the ordinary we encounter can become the profound.

e.g.  for 5-10 minutes sit and watch a child play.  i mean really watch.  observe how the outside world has little bearing on their interactions with their toys, the dog or a cardboard box.  they are keenly and only aware of themselves and this object that has their attention.

they are more aware in those moments of their intentions and attention but most likely are clueless to this because they don't have the reasoning capabilities just yet.  as an adult however, you do.  becoming more aware is a skill you can master.

let the little things go

things get our goat.  they stick in our craw sometimes.  they try our last bit of patience and before you know it our energy is sucked dry by something so inconsequential that if you look back you'll wonder why the thing bothered you so in the 1st place.

let go little bird, let it go.  in choosing to let the small things go you open up all sorts of bigger possibilities { ahhh..... } and allow for more moments of awareness, the kind of awareness that can change your day from bummer gloomy to outright sunshiny and bright or peaceful and content.

for those of us who have not yet made it a practice of letting go { me included sometimes.  shocker right? lol  }, it's hard to push past that stick-in-craw stuff but ...and a BIG but here.....being concerned with the whys and hows of any given situation, the he said/she saids that go on not to mention all the "crazy" people who you have no control over anyway, all of this is sooo darn counterintuitive to being aware and living a more mindful life.

take a B R E A T H right here.  yes!

{ plus you'll miss the darn beauty of those sweet ordinary moments }.

and lastly....

create space for extraordinary to happen

by damn this is a good one!

in a nut shell this means Living. In. JOY.   nah...you're not walking around with a silly happy grin plastered on your face, nor does it mean denying the reality of a situation { sometimes we need to accept and move on people! }.  making space for the extraordinary in your ordinary day means being real with yourself and keeping an open mind despite the crazies that can occur.

if all you ever do is complain or see things from a downward perspective then imagine what you're telling the Universe.  ick!  instead, be open for the possibility of extraordinary to occur.  and then when it does, smile, say thank you, enjoy your special moment and then tuck it in your pocket { or write it in your journal }.

3 small steps that can bring more awareness to you everyday life.  how brilliant is that!

need more help on your journey to extraordinary?  have you tried -ing-ing yet?  whoa! you haven't???  head over here to download my free pdf, The -Ing Factor, a fun slap happy way to journal or jumpstart you on your journey.

plus, don't forget to join the revolution below....the JOURNALING revolution!

toodles,

G

 


btw.....if you are just beginning your entrepreneurial journey or need help jumpstarting and reconfiguring things out my friend ho'o has got you covered.  you will not leave disappointed after working with her.  she is a master at drawing out what you cannot see and starting you off on the right path to success.


 

 

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today's' task ... feast on LIFE.

are you feasting yet?

because you know....

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