Seeking Opportunity

Seeking Opportunity 

When you are in a situation that feels so bad and you feel you are in a place where you think there is no way out. The place you have found yourself in has so many limitations and hardships, it is difficult for you to continue, don't give up!  

Seek the one small seed of opportunity, it could be one small crack of possibility. 

Keep looking, it is there.  When you decide to start seeking, you start seeing opportunities.

Remember, the glass half empty or glass half full to describe your level of optimism or pessimism towards life.   Right now, it may look half empty.

The description has been used about seeing your life from the perspective of a glass half full, when you just know there is better, you are the optimist and the flip side of the glass half empty and all you see is what is wrong, the pessimist.  

What if you see the glass as always full? The best perspective for seeking opportunity is to see the glass as always full.  The opportunities are there, some you see and some are unseen.  Yet they are always there, you are the adapter.   
You look at the limitations in your life with a completely different perspective, you see your life as the glass always full.    

When you prepare your intention to create something better for your life and design your goals to determine your path, you don't set out to do it with the attitude of maybe.  The glass half empty pessimist will talk themselves into it is not working, it's not happening, things don't work out for me, something or someone is holding me back. They struggle at the early stage and see quitting as their only option. 

The glass half full, the attitude of the optimist can get you moving and believing and enjoying the ride, but that takes you only so far. Now add the attitude of the glass is always full, the adapter and the limitations and set backs are transformed into opportunities. You step out with the intention that it is done,  trust that what you see and what you are yet to see will deliver.  

Ok, you now see the glass is always full.  Limitations are seen as possibilities - the setbacks as opportunities.  To keep your focus on the opportunities stick with these behaviours - determination, resourcefulness, be adaptable and flexible.

You want to know what these three look like, you can certainly look to people you admire and who reveal these behaviours in their actions. 

For me, the simple lesson is in nature.   

A walk in the forest, and a path near a river or ocean has all the signs to show you what it is to be determined, to be resourceful and to be prepared to adapt and be flexible. 

The quiet times spent outside offer you the best lessons to apply to your life and realise your glass is always full.  

Keep looking it is there. 

When you decide to start seeking you start seeing opportunities.

Do you doubt what is possible?

The ideas and beliefs you have about you and your world are planted in your mind and heart.

Be aware and choose carefully what you plant and nurture.
A seed of doubt that is planted and nurtured within you is designed to restrict your limits.
A seed of trust that is planted and nurtured within you is designed to open you to possibilities.

Two Gardens

In this garden

the seed of doubt was planted
the seed was nurtured
strong roots were left to weave and take hold
tendrils grab at your wrists and ankles
you hide from the light
the garden of doubt take the false comfort that this is good enough
this garden
its too hard to pull away
its too late to trust different
doubt is your shield
you are always hungry and dry
you hear a cry and have forgotten this is your voice
Doubt strangles any dream of what is possible

In this garden

the seed of trust was planted
the seed was nurtured
the garden of trust has strong roots to strengthen and grow
it seeks sunlight and change
this garden's energy lifts
listen carefully and you hear life
there is ease and momentum
there is colour and courage
You see clearly, you expect the best
Trust now lifts and opens the possibilities

Readiness to Action Your Goals

Is there anything you have ever wanted to master that you have avoided for reasons like "I am too old", I'll never be good at that", "it would be a waste of time" ," I don't have the money to make it happen", 'goals are too hard".....

Are you willing to let your life change?
Are you willing to make the necessary choices?
Are you willing to take charge of your life?

The mechanics of creating the goals can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.  

Just be aware that the process and plan you choose is not meant to hinder your progress or take you off your path or feed into procrastination and diversion.  

It is a time waster and frustration pit if you are stop at the setting stage and baulk at seeing your goals come to life.  Your bright inspiring vision and intention is left to wither in the background.

Your decisions are important and you have spent valuable time to get this far,  you want to make sure the next steps help you keep the momentum and assist you to action your goals.

Watch out for these warning signs

  • Spend too much time on the wording of how your goal is written.
  • Seek validation from others on IF your goal is achievable.
  • You need to add more skills and learning before you can start.
  • Easily change your goals to suit others.
  • Forget your goal and need to keep looking it up.
  • Difficult to believe in a future that you can't experience yet.
  • Force yourself to be motivated.
  • Look for ways to excuse yourself from the plan.

The biggest problems I have encountered with goal setting is to ignore those warning signs. Warnings do not stop you, they are not obstacles. Treat them as a Readiness Reminder and you are designing your life on purpose.

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not hope, not a wish, but a keep pulsating desire which transcends everything". 
Napoleon Hill

Be Ready to Action Your Goals, when....

  • Your WHY is crystal clear. You dream about it. It is a part of your every moment.  
  • The Vision you have for your life has clarity.
  • You are accountable to yourself.  It is important to you, that you don't let yourself down.  
  • You keep the promises you make to yourself. You own the goals you want to make happen.  
  • You work backwards, that is start at the finish.  See your goals as completed.  Tell yourself what you have accomplished and how you did it.
  • You use the distractions and self talk as your feedback. They are not obstacles. You use them to build a better self awareness. 

Need to know more? Check out these posts....

Leap from Vision to Goals

Turning Goals into SIMPLE

When self belief is bright

What to do when goals don't happen

Clearing the way

Who else has the overwhelming urge to start new and clean out the stuff you have been holding for some time?

A new year comes and it is what I want to do most of all. The de-clutter bug attaches to you and you somehow know that it is the first thing to do when you want to start a new project, have a fresh start and begin something new.  The act of letting go of what is of no use to you in the physical and in the emotional sense is a real demonstration you are ready for new possibilities.

I have tried a few ways to de-clutter. Random clear outs to the no emotion attached, so it goes system.  I have just completed the 27 items for 9 days, yes 9 days and don't miss a day, otherwise you have to start again.

Every day for 9 consecutive days, I either toss out, give away or sell and it has to be 27 items.  When you do the maths that is a big 243 items.
It is not only the 27 times of cds, magazines, clothes, pots, well anything that was of no use to you anymore, it was the discipline to keep doing it for 9 days.

It went from fun, to serious to challenging, but I did it! Cupboards are cleared and the bonus was as i was putting together the 27 items each day it was also clearing my thoughts.  It has this dual effect while cleaning out the rooms, I was also thinking abut what is best for me and how to expect better. I was feeling thankful and free and enjoying the great buzz you get when you give away items you know will be of use to someone else.
The 27 items for 9 days is a feng shui principle of letting go of old energy for new energy to come into your life.  I found the power was  in the consistency of  9 straight days of letting go and what follows is to trust that something better and more suited to me is coming my way.  I have created space!

When you look at the background of why 27 and why 9 well the number 27 comes up in physiology, astronomy, as well as in myths, legends and religions.  27 is regarded as the premier number and 9 is the point where one cycle ends and another starts. It represents in feng shui fullness and transformation of heaven and earth, the symbol of celestial power & the number 9 never changes, no matter how many times it is multiplied by itself.  If any number is multiplied by 9 the resulting digits always add up to 9.   We have used 9 in the common phrases like a stitch in time saves 9, a cat has 9 lives, cloud 9 is the ultimate happiness.  

& what about the number 27....

  • Human skin cells regrow every 27 days
  • Human hand contains 27 bones
  • The sun rotates on its axis every 27 days
  • The moon orbits the earth every 27 days
  • According to Incan legend there are 27 roads leading to the lost city of El Dorado
  • 27 pieces in a rubiks cube

At some point, you have to let go, let go of the things, the thoughts, the past, the life that no longer is giving you fulfilment.

I loved the challenge of 27 items for 9 days to remove the clutter, to close down what is not working  and create the space to recharge a new beginning.  I will be using this simple feng shui method next time.

Leap from Vision to Goals

 The new magic of a new year can get you all fired up and excited for what you want.  
To clear that path of putting off and have a certainty that this is the time to make things happen.

It is new year and you are keen to make it happen.

BUT....New can happen anytime, you know you can choose to fix your sight on better on any day in any part of the year.  It is best not to rush into it, or you may pick up someone else's dreams.  This time of year you can get caught up in the hype of resolutions and want to "fix" rather than follow your own beat.

Here is what I do when I want decisions to stick and to take that leap from a thought, a wish, a want, a dream and to set the scene of my vision into solid action goals.

1. Build from your WHYs

There are certain priorities we all have in life, some of those priorities shift in their importance depending on the circumstance.  Our health, our finances, our relationships, the work we do and the big question of what do I want for my future.  How do I design my life that is good for me and for others?

The priorities that come to the front, I ask WHY, 50 WHYs for these priorities.  Not one or two, but 50, stretch my thinking and my emotions and when done try for another 50. The strength rises in the meaning and the worth of what I want and the vision of my story is real.  I love this part and it is a list I love to read again and again.

2. Your WHYs set up your stories

My many WHYs energise the feeling to purposely create the mental images I want to see in my life. Visualising every detail of the future gives it reality and will cultivate that certainty of you know that you know and obstacles will not get in your way.

I have set up the blueprint of my reality because of the vision I have created in my mind and the leap from vision to goals is now packed with a lot of energy and determination.

3. Live and practise your story

It is common practise in many fields of sport and business to include visualisation in preparation for coordinating the next big thing.

Imagine the preparation of a long jumper, who is getting ready to take the large leap. Watch how the jumper walks to the line, deep in thought, looks intently at the path ahead, visualising how their steps, their actions get them ready to take the leap, the mental picture of strong strides, leap and land then jump for joy at their success.  It is "as if" it is already done.

The preparation for the jump started long before the event, each leap requires the tuning of mind, body and spirit.  The preparation is essential and the leap naturally follows.

This is not a one-off story that you are creating.  One time is not a great help when you want to take the big leaps from vision to action. You visit this reality many times, practise your moves, what you are doing, who you are with, what is your world like, many details to help your mind and body know what to do and to be your natural way.

4. Goals are created

Your goals now are not plucked out of the air.  You have mapped it out in your mind, you have already lived it. Your words on paper flow with the actions you have set up.  You have prepared yourself for the leap from vision to goals.