Are you fully engaged in life? In your life? Is there something you should be doing, feeling, saying, or being? Do you show up in all of your brilliance and genius? Or do you play it safe?
I had a great learning lesson last week when my daughter and I were in the front row for a comedy show. Being in the front row meant being highly visible to the performer. And being highly visible meant being more engaged than normal.
Laughing louder. Clapping harder. Cheering with more enthusiasm.
If we were sitting in the back, we would have been less engaged and stayed much more in our comfort zone. And although that may be more comfortable, it’s definitely not as much fun!
Join me in living life front a ‘front row’ mindset.
Have you tried affirmations with mixed success? Or maybe no success at all? Do you wonder whether or not you're wasting your time with affirmations or that you must be doing something wrong?
Don't lose heart!
You can really enhance the power of your affirmations by determining how you feel just before you begin. Sometime we say affirmations because we are scared, negative, anxious. Affirmations are a way to neutralize those feelings, but we need more.
For added oomph and power, we need to begin our affirmations from a feeling of calmness, clarity, and receptivity.
Back in March I took a storytelling workshop with Brenda Adelman. It was about telling our own stories and how we can use these stories to make an impact and connect with others.
Part of our assignment was to record a short video about an event in our lives to share with the rest of the class. Some class members went on to create one-person shows and others, like me, learned to appreciate the richness of our journey.
Last week, I watched a video by Bo Eason who said our most valuable possession is our story. So I decided to make this 'private' video 'public.'
I am reading what I wrote so I am mostly looking down and not at the camera. I'm telling a story about when I was 18 years old and how I came to change my name from Schmidt to Kingsley before I ever got married.
Remember, this was 1972.
The first 4 minutes of this video is a story about a shepherd and a fork in the road. I hope you like it.
We all know that our passion, our purpose, our fulfillment, and our freedom is outside of our comfort zone, yet when we get to the fork in the road (in other words, it's time to choose a new direction) we tend to take the familiar path - the comfortable path - even though we know it isn't where we want to go.
Our familiar path could be about not setting boundaries (saying yes when we want to say no). It could also be about being stuck in a box of 'being good' or stuck in a box of 'being a rebel' even though we know the box doesn't fit any more.
It might be time to take the other fork in the road.
Janet works with women who struggle with putting everyone else first, settling, playing small, and not following their dreams. She helps them move beyond the negative voices in their head so they can unleash their purpose, unmask their brilliance, and uncover possibilities that they have been blind to.