Tips for the Journey
April 14, 2010
Vol. 2, Issue 4

In this issue:

  • Quick Note
  • Opportunities
  • Featured Article
  • Going Deeper
  • About Becky

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"Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunnty."

- Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."

- Frank A. Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

- Michael Jordan

 

 

 

 

"Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. one of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy"

- Denis Waitley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."

- Walt Disney

 

 

 

 

 

"The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path."

- Bhagavad Gita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Each handicap
is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too."

- Lawrence Bixby

 

 

 

 

 

"Life is full of
obstacle illusions."

- Grant Frazier

 

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"We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve."

- Maxwell Maltz (1927-2003) US plastic surgeon, motivational author,
creator of the Psycho-Cybernetics.


QUICK NOTE

I apologize for this being a week late. I've been doing some much needed Spring Cleaning..... or I should say 'Spring Overhauling'! Plus my computer was having it's own "issues" and decided that it needed a break and refused to come on..... which actually was a blessing since it made me focus on finishing up my office.

It's a bit embarrassing, but here are a couple of the "before" pictures.... the entry way to my office.... and my desk.

Before Cleaning Entrance
Desk Before Cleaning

And the After pictures.........
Desk After Cleaning After Cleaning Entrance

There's still some work to do throughout the office, files, books, audios..... but I've at least established "homes" for everything and now can now begin directing stuff to those places.

And when I walk into my office there's a feeling of "aaahhhh" instead of "uuukkk"!

In the process of decluttering, I realized that that feeling of "uuukkkk" was a real stumbling block - or obstacle - to me being able to complete tasks. Plus, the clutter had become a huge energy drain. There was definitely a difference in the energy of the room when I got done!

How about you? What are the obstacles in your life? What's keeping you from being and doing your best? What things are draining your energy?

In this month's article I share 6 tips for turning those Obstacles into Opportunities!

~ Namaste, Becky

A big welcome to all new subscribers! Thanks for joining us on the Journey. And to my loyal readers, many, many thanks. YOU are why I do this! :)

Also, thank you so much to all of you who sent feedback to the article last month. I really love hearing your thoughts. Keep them coming!


OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES

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FEATURED ARTICLE

How to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities

Obstacles are like log jams in the stream of life. They can dam up the water and Log Jamblock the flow, or they can eventually redirect the flow or even create an entirely new channel.

Log jams in our life can do the same thing. Except, we get to choose their outcome....

We can choose to stomp our feet, get angry, and complain about how unfair things are or how bad life treats us.

Or we can choose to throw up our hands, accept defeat, and use that as an excuse to give up and not move forward.

Or we can choose to take on the challenge and find a way around it, through it, or over it.

We can choose to see it as an opportunity instead of a misfortune. It all begins with a decision.

1-Decide

Whatever problem or difficulty you are currently facing, make a decision in your heart that you will get through this to the other side.

Take responsibility for where you are and stop fighting it. It is what it is. Nothing will ever change by wishing things were different. You've got to roll up your sleeves and get in there, determined to rise above the it. Remember Dr. Maltz' words... "we are built to conquer, solve, and achieve." It's part of what makes the human experience .... well, "the human experience"!

"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when
he turns obstacles into opportunities."

- Eric Hoffer, American Writer, 1902-1983

2-Focus

Focus your vision and map out a plan. Lack of direction can often be an obstacle in itself.

What is it that you really want? Take some time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. What is the problem exactly? What do you want instead? How do you want things to be when this issue is resolved? How do you want to feel?

See the goal clearly in your mind and feel it deeply in your heart. Then map out a plan to get you there. Also, just assume up front that you'll encounter more obstacles along the way - because that's just the way life is. Taking time in the beginning to brainstorm what they might be and how you'll side step them if they show up will help prepare your mind-set for success. Plus, it's one of the key steps in SMART goal setting.

3-Learn

Take an honest look at your skill sets and upgrade them as needed. Goldfish Shark

Working with clients and in my own life, I've found that most of the hurdles we bump into can easily be resolved by learning a new skill or fine-tuning ones we already have.

American social historian and educator, Daniel Boorstin, states, "The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge."

Be willing to admit you don't know all the answers.... Or at least be willing to get a 2nd opinion. Either way you win!

4-Optimize

Give yourself what you need to be your best. This will better enable you to make the most of your situation while you work toward your goal. Ask for Help

Look around you.... Does your home or office need decluttering? Do you need more time alone for reflection and regeneration? Do you need more quality time with your spouse or family? Do you need help with daily or weekly household chores. If you work best when you've got a support partner, enlist the help of a trusted friend or hire a coach.

Be willing to ask for help where you need it or delegate to help lighten your load. There's no need to wear yourself out trying to 'do it all.'

Ultimately, it's up to each one of us to get our own needs met. And the only way to do that is to ASK for what you need.

5-Say No

Say 'NO' to negativity and eliminate "I can't" from your vocabulary. An "I can't" attitude keeps you stuck. An "I can" mind-set creates results.

Become aware of what you're telling yourself in your mind - that incessant mind-chatter - and pay attention to what you say to others. Your words have power and every statement you say, whether spoken silently or out loud, is a self-affirmation of who you are.

When you hear yourself, in your head or out loud, saying something negative about yourself or your situation, immediately say "CANCEL!" and rephrase your statement into something positive.

Remember, "what you sow, you reap." What you 'put out there' comes back to you. This includes your words, thoughts, and feelings.

6-Listen

StillnessLearn to quiet your mind chatter and listen for the 'still small voice' inside. A daily practice of stillness opens you to your intuition and connects you to your Source - God, Life Force Energy, All That Is.

Silence is like a breath of fresh air to our body, mind, and spirit. Just as in music, it's in the silence between the notes and phrases that makes the music come alive. So it is in our lives, it's the silence between our thoughts and words that brings 'aliveness' to our lives and creates the space for our Spirit to soar.

"Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence." - Deepak Chopra

© 2010 Becky Waters.


GOING DEEPER

Take some time to sit down and write out your answers to the questions in the article above. Thinking through things is only part of the work of self growth and personal development. Writing down your answers, thoughts, and feelings helps you connect more deeply with your heart and with your Spirit. "Your hands are the direct conduits to your heart." (Sonia Choquette) And that's where your Higher Self, God, Spirit speaks to you.

As you take the first step, deciding in your heart that you will get through this to the other side, spend some time in quiet and meditation and really feel this decision in your heart. Then go a step further by creating a ritual around your intention. This signals to the Universe that this moment and what you are doing is special, it's Sacred - out of the ordinary events of life. Create a Ritual

Here's a few suggestions:

  • Light a candle, put on some soft music, burn some incense, go outside in nature.... whatever makes this time special for you.
  • Write down your intention. It can be a simple statement or a letter to God or to your Higher Self. Whatever feels right for you. The key is writing it down!
  • Use special paper for this if you want, or start a new journal to keep track of your experience and progress along the way.
  • Burn the paper as a symbol of surrendering your intention to God, and an act of trust that you will be guided along the way. Or you may wish to put it in a special place. If you decide to keep a journal, you may want to copy your intention or letter onto a separate piece of paper.

Come back to this place, or continue this same ritual as you work through the other steps and as you move toward your goal.

If you'd like help getting started, or getting clear in any way, send me an email and lets set up a time to talk.

Also, the Creating Happiness Self-Coaching Tool can help give guidance and direction as well.

Time is too short to waste sludging in the "clutter" of life. Decide today to BE who you were meant to be and LIVE the happy life you desire.

~Namaste, Becky


About Becky

Becky Waters, Intuitive Consultant and Spiritual Life Coach, draws from nearly 30 years experience as a composer/ musician opening a direct channel to Spirit, many years of wisdom gained from life experience and working through her own "stuff", years of teaching, plus life coaching skills and healing modalities learned from a variety of sources that she has finely tuned to help Spiritual Seekers live their Soul's purpose without struggle. If you've been doing "all the right things" and you're still not creating the life you want, I invite you to schedule a free Strategy Session and lets talk.



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