As part of the process of starting this new site and melding it with my previous writing, coaching, and websites, I thought it would be fun to share some older but relevant posts with you. Think of it as a bit of “Throwback Thursday” feature.
I went to a concert over the summer and in the middle of all the singing and dancing, the lyrics struck me:
“Would you not like to be, sitting on top of the world with your legs hanging free? Would you not like to be ok?
In today’s Throwback Thursday feature, I’ll share the reason you might be stopping yourself from feeling your best and what you can do about it:
If someone where to ask you if you wanted to feel free, no worries or stress, would you say “Yes!”?
Would you want to feel safe, healthy, happy, and “ok”? Chances are, you would immediately thing “Yes, of course. Who wouldn’t want to? What a silly question!”
And even after answering “yes”, you start to get that little tug in your gut. You start to realize something: If your “Yes” is so definite, is you really want to feel that way, why don’t you?
What is keeping you from living fully?
That pile of things that keeps you from feeling free – stress, extra weight, busy schedule, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, lack of recognition, wrong job – these are all symptoms.
But they aren’t the cause.
If you took a moment and really thought about it, I’d bet you already know exactly what you need to do to start clearing that pile.
Eat better, look for a new job, ask for a raise, manage your time or rearrange your schedule, say “no”, to people once in awhile, do yoga, get a massage – these are the things you already know how to do.
But if you know them, why aren’t they being done? Because if you did these things – even just one – it could cause a huge change in your life. The potential of a shift, a change, no matter how good it might be, is downright scary.
The chance of a change can bring about inspiration and elevation, but even more, it can bring in two mighty culprits: Fear and Doubt.
These two will plot against every move, talk you out of it, and convince you that you are better off and more comfortable staying where you are.
Because you might fall flat on your face.
You might Fail.
You might get laughed at, scolded, told you are no good and not worthy.
Fear and doubt will make you a believer, not in all that you can do, but in all that might not be or all that could go wrong.
But what it thing went right?
What if you could listen to the underdog (your intuition and inspiration) and realize you are worthy, perfect and deserving?
What if you could make a change in your life and dig yourself out from underneath that pile?
Try these 3 simple steps to feel on top of the world, free, and (better than) ok:
1) Write down one thing from today that you would like to do differently tomorrow. What didn’t go well today? Pick just one and write it down.
2) Write down your triumph from the day. What went right? What did you fell 100% pumped up about? Pick just one and write it down.
3) Now write down one thing you can do tomorrow or one thing you can let go of to help make item #1 not happen again. Write down one thing you can do again tomorrow to keep item #2 going strong.
Once written down, you are more dedicated to keeping it up and going strong. It takes less than 5 minutes to spark a change and burn up any fear and doubt. Small changes will lead to those big shifts, without the overwhelm.
Do this every day for a week, then a month, and then a year. to see what huge changes you can make. While releasing the fear and doubt, you realize you are sitting on top of the world feeling better than ok.
It’s your turn to commit to releasing fear and doubt: What is your one thing you are going to let go of tomorrow? What one thing are you going to keep doing? Leave a comment below to inspire others and commit to allowing changes to happen.
If you’d like even more of these exercises, check out 21 Days to Flourish, starting this spring. If you are interested, sign up for the free preview coming up in early March.