Making change happen

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It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.  Scott Belsky

Where are you heading: professionally, personally, spiritually?  Are you chasing your tail? Running in circles? Stuck in a rut, not getting anywhere fast?

Stop! Take a breath and consider the following five behaviours that might help move you forward.

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Stay committed to your ideas but stay flexible in your approach.
Tony Robbins

Are you nimble and agile; prepared to veer off course, move in different directions and in different ways? Life is like an obstacle course. At times we can mosey along the straight path on other occasions  we’ll be required to climb or pull ourselves over the high walls. Sometimes we will have to scramble under low hanging obstacles and get messy and dirty.  Of course, it’s not all hard work, all the time, there will be great stretches ahead that allow you to skip, walk or run free. Practice being nimble and agile in your thinking and your approach to life, to reaching your goals and to discovering and fulfilling your purpose.

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Creativity takes courage.  Henri Matisse

Are you thinking creatively?  If we always do things the same way, how can we expect different outcomes? Being open to approaching life in creative ways can get us out of the mire, our stuckness and sameness.  Doing things differently opens doors for us and gives us a change of perspective. It brings us into contact with new thoughts, new people, new situations.  So, consider a different approach, choose a different attitude, behave differently. Try something new.

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Some people want  it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.  Michael Jordan

Do the heavy lifting.  Hoping someone will knock on the door and offer you your dream, hand you your perfect life, job, relationship, sadly isn’t going to happen. It’s up to you to do the heavy lifting to get to where you want to be. Sometimes it’s only a short burst of heavy duty work and at others there will be some serious, consistent strength training required to shape your world.  Are you prepared to sweat for your dream?

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You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.  Christopher Columbus

To make real and long term change we must take risks. How can we hope to move, grow, change if we stay safely in our comfort zone? Responsible risk taking, along with agility, creativity and heavy lifting and even independent of these preciously discussed behaviours can move us forward leaps and bounds. Be courageous. Step outside your comfort zone for what you want you’ll be surprised where it will take you.

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We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll

Help others. We are not alone. We may all be on different paths but we are all heading somewhere. Help others along the way. Give someone a leg up where needed. Lend a helping hand when and where you can so someone else can move forward on their journey. Be generous with your time, your skills and talents. When we help others, we help ourselves in unknown ways.

Do your current modes of behaviour, your current attitudes and approaches best support your desired outcome? Be it a career change, personal development, spiritual fulfilment, if you are not seeing results consider what you might start doing, stop doing and keep doing to propel you forward.

Are you nimble and agile, creative, doing the heavy lifting, taking responsible risks, helping others?

Food for thought (and action!)

Shannyn

 

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Wouldn’t it be interesting if…

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Albert Einstein

There is a bike path near my house that meanders through several suburbs all the way to the river. As I walked this path recently I passed a number of really cool playgrounds. Each had more than the regular swings and slides. These playgrounds had really neat and unique play equipment that I imagine would be great fun for kids.

These playgrounds for kids got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be interesting if, as adults, we could design our own little space for fun, relaxation and adventure. What would we include?  I chuckled to myself realising they could look very different for each of us, even different for individuals on different days, should we have the opportunity to be the architects of our dreams.

This week, for me, my little space would include lots of relaxation and soulfilling adventure.  Now, I’m going to use a good deal of imagination here, because that’s what kids do in playgrounds, right? Use their imaginations.  My playground would consist of five hut like gazebos arranged in a pentagon around a central hut that acts as a hub, if you will.  Reflexology paths, lined with aromatic herbs, radiate from the hub to the other huts. This central hut is, of course, a tea hut. It boasts every type of tea imaginable; chai, oolong, gunpowder green, herbal teas, you name it it’s there with an equally abundant collection of teapots and tea cups for any mood or occasion.

I could begin my adventure with a soothing cup of High Mountain Vietnamese Oolong and then take the path that leads to the massage hut where I could indulge in Thai foot massage, Indian head massage and Kahuna massage. Once rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed  I would wander back to the hub for a rich and creamy pot of creme brûlée tea .  Next, I’d head out to the art gazebo where I could escape into and create with paints, collage, beading, and clay.

Thinking about what play means to me, I’d have to have a place for a tight rope and a trapeze swing. But a trapeze wouldn’t fit in a gazebo you say. Such a trifling matter.  When employing  imagination,  anything is possible. Gilbert Chestrson also believed “there are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”

Giving free rein to my imagination (as I wandered through a tree lined park on my Sunday morning walk) I daydreamed of having a hut with a magic door that would transport me to anywhere in the world. I could visit the Uffizi Gallery and sate myself on gorgeous art, then wander up the spiritual haven of the Tor in Glastonbury, followed by a wander around the standing stones in Avebury, or the quiet moors in Scotland. I wouldn’t mind dropping into the little church of San Damiano, in Assisi, for mass in Italian or for a seafood lunch in Honfleur.  On my return, and after supping a dandelion tea, I’d head off to the remaining hut, for a soak in a warm mud pool  finished off  with a float in a float tank.

Now wouldn’t that be grand? A cluster little white wooden gazebos where I could indulge, play and escape.  I know it is just plain silly (and many of you will be wondering what the hell I was thinking posting this tripe) but that’s half the fun and my. How often do we let ourselves, as adults, just dream silly dreams? How often do we play and use our imaginations? Where’s the harm in having fun? Sometimes time and finances don’t allow us to truly escape but a little daydreaming is as good as a holiday. Your brain can’t tell the difference between a thought and reality.  Needless to say my Sunday morning walk was one of the most relaxing and exhilarating walks I’ve had in a long time.  I might actually pull the paintbrushes out this week and pop off for a foot rub. Woo hoo. See what letting your imagination run wild can trigger.

Fire up your imagination and start daydreaming. What would your playground include?

 

Snakes, spiders, wallabies and chimpanzees.

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Since the new year began many friends and acquaintances have had either dreams of or incidents involving animals. A friend had been seeing spiders on a regular basis, then one jumped onto her dinner plate (you can just imagine the hysteria that created at a dinner party), she also had a fox cross her path that same night while driving home. Another friend saw a white python in a dream, an acquaintance retold her dream which featured four wallabies and a chimpanzee and another has dreamt of dragons and seen dragon images, ornaments etc as she goes about her days.

A lot of people, and not even particularly spiritual people, are noticing the animals that present themselves and are asking questions about their meaning.  Sometimes there are messages for us in these moments. You can do searches on the internet to find out spiritual meanings of particular animals and that’s a great place to start. Read what you find from several sources and notice what really resonates or stands out for you in what is written. Take that information and see what aspect of your life it pertains to.

Another method of working out what message may be contained in your interactions with the animal kingdom is to ask yourself what that animal signifies to you. For example, I’ve had several close encounters with birds lately. Five huge pelicans flew very close overhead while I was on the beach, later that day I was able to get very close to a pelican – when others tried he flew away. While in the bush one day I happened upon a chorus of currawongs, high in the trees. I stopped to listen as the song was magnificent and I slowly started to see there were up to twenty birds sitting low on branches, not singing but also not shying away from my presence. Instead, they seemed to follow me as I moved on my way. I have birds that wake me in the morning and birds that have flown directly across my path, so close I could  feel the breeze from their wings. In these instances I ask myself what is the message here? To me birds represent flight, freedom and unconscious self-expression. So my message was to stop holding back and run with the project I had in mind. It was also about knowing it was safe to speak openly about my project and ideas.

Signs and messages come to us in many forms. You don’t have to be a cheesecloth wearing, incense waving hippy or a gypsy fortune teller (no disrespect intended to either hippies or gypsies) to believe or to benefit.  Be on the look out, be aware – what is that song that’s playing over and over in your head trying to tell you? Did a headline in the paper hold the key to a question you’ve long held? Did you turn the television on to hear a story, see a program about a problem you’ve been trying to solve? Life can be fun and if we are open and aware we can see signs and recieve guidance from the most unlikely sources.