Last week a friend and I had to laugh at each other as we spoke on our mobiles from our sick beds. Not because we were both ill, but because we both recognised the irony of teaching the importance of being kind to ourselves, and yet knowing working too hard had contributed to us being ill!
The desire to enjoy a better work/life balance was one of the main drivers for me going into business. As well as wanting to do something I loved that made a difference in the world.
Sometimes when we have a dream or a goal the biggest challenge we face is our own doubts, and particularly those relating to what’s possible.
Have you ever dismissed a dream or goal you’d love to achieve because you didn’t believe it could be possible for you to achieve it?
If yes, please let go of all your doubts and particularly not knowing HOW it will happen – and instead trust it COULD!
Do you think that our young Rwandan Ambassador Chantal ever thought that Anthony Robins would buy her a home and shop? No – she put her heart and soul into overcoming the trauma she’d experienced since loosing her family during the genocide, learning new skills, setting up a shop from the room she was living in and building strong heart-centered relationships with in her community and with our team. Through this she shared her dream with us and the universe conspired to make it happen.
Likewise I’ve had an image of a grey Audi TT on my wall for years – I didn’t know when I’d justify buying one as I have so many other priorities, but I allowed myself to get excited about the potential of enjoying this luxury. I set the intention, unconsciously saw the photo most days and followed my heart in the work I’ve chosen to do. All the while trusting that if it was ‘right’ for me it would manifest. Last week I couldn’t stop laughing to myself when it became a reality and I’m still oozing with gratitude today — because I’d manifested it in a way I didn’t even have to pay for it!
For most of us to BELIEVE and FEEL it’s possible for us to achieve or manifest something, we first need to believe it’s possible for someone else. Many like proof before they will believe something is possible (e.g. to have seen or experienced it for themselves or to have heard about it from a reputable source). As I see at workshops when I offer a £20 unconditionally to attendees, many are also held back by beliefs such as ‘you don’t get something for nothing’ and or ‘there must be a catch.’
But what could be different for you if you believed things could be POSSIBLE until proven otherwise? That there are many ways to get or achieve what you’d love that you just don’t know about yet? And that there are lots generous souls who give things away for nothing, without any expectations?
None of us know the answers to how everything works or what will unfold for us, so why slow yourself down, or limit your future with unhelpful thoughts and beliefs? Instead I encourage you to be open to the possibility that what you’d LOVE to happen could be possible, even if you don’t know how – yet.
The moment you become open to receiving unexpected opportunities and miracles they will appear…
To change your energy to one of possibility:
Name your goal or dream – focussing on what you’d like rather than what you don’t want.
Eliminate doubts/negative emotions in relation to them.
Raise your energy vibration – e.g. with a vision board, meditating, visualising your goals as though they’ve already happened or sharing your dreams with others who could help or are already living your dream.
Take your first steps aligned to this.
When you dare to dream about what you’d love and align your thoughts, feelings and actions to this, unexpected ‘miracles’ really can happen. If you want to find out more about how to do this, check out my book Heartatude, The 9 Principles of Heart-Centered Successhere.
Have fun manifesting!
I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts – please do share your comments below.
Alisoun Mackenzie is The Compassionate Business Mentor, Author, and Speaker who inspires business owners and social entrepreneurs to turn their passions into profits and make a difference in the world.
Transcript: I would like to speak to you about the energy of success.
In my book, ‘Heartatude, and the Nine Principles of Heart Centered Success’, I talk about the alignment of your head, heart and actions to your goal, your dream, whatever it is that gives your life greater purpose, because when we have this alignment, that is when the things that we would love to happen, are more likely to happen. Whenever we don’t get the results that we want, it’s because there is some kind of misalignment of each of these four factors.
It’s really exciting to have a dream or an idea – but how do you turn this into reality?
Setting and embracing heart driven goals is a great starting point. And there are two ways to do this – one is to set yourself a ‘realistic’ goal that you are confident about achieving. Or you can set yourself a humungous goal that seems mad or scary yet excites you. There is no right or wrong. What’s more important is that you set yourself goals aligned to your vision and that tap into what motivates you and energises you, so you feel compelled to act.
I wonder if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, lacking energy or unhappy about the results you’re getting?
Over the last six weeks I’ve been suffering from a virus that has resulted in me spending a lot of time sleeping. As someone who is active and always doing things, giving in to my body has been a challenge. But eventually I recognized this as a nudge to stop and make some changes.
As a consequence I’ve committed to myself to re-establish daily habits in 2014 that will put me in the best place to feel good, be happy and healthy. One of these is to exercise in a way I love each day and last week I decided to watch the film Choice Point while on my running machine – I am so glad I did!
I’ve just come back from a fantastic conference in the US with 300 proactive personal development specialists, who were all keen to help grow each other’s businesses.
It was energizing and inspiring to meet so many positive and enlightened souls who are out there doing such good work in the world. But it was also very apparent that attendees fell into two distinct categories – those who were enjoying great lifestyles because of their business success and those still running expensive hobbies.