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Recognizing Strengths

 

On Wednesday I’ll be kicking off my “Yoga & Story” time with a group of teens in Santa Ana.

I’m so looking forward to all of them learning about yoga for the first time; about moving on the mat. I’m looking forward to them learning body awareness, definitely, however, about  awareness, generally. And how this very mindfulness and consciousness has the power to really support them as they grow into working individuals with families and so much more. Essentially, hopefully opening their minds and eyes to having more and more fun being a student of life.

I’m ecstatic to relate in this way…to be in relationship with them.

…because we all learn best through story and most definitely through our relationships with others. And, in my mind, to be a part of this connection to kids and teens is a huge part of my vision as I move forward in life and business.

On tap for Wednesday? Begin discussing how, exactly, we are able to control our thoughts. And, essentially, helping them realize the only limitations we have are those we put on ourselves. We have control.  Noone can make us feel or do anything without our consent. And, as the video says below, we need not “import” others’ limitations (of us).

We need not import others limitations…

And this, my friends, is why I love yoga. Because yoga is not just yoga! Yoga and yoga philosophy are tools that we can use to be more and more authentic and gain greater clarity on creating the life we want. Exactly what we were put on this earth to do…live the life we want.

It’s important to be clear, feel our authenticity and stand strong in our strengths and share our stories with the next generation on what’s worked (and what hasn’t worked) for us.

It’s the strengths we hold, as-is, that are our brand; that create, launch and sustain AWESOME businesses and leave legacies of stellar worth.

And that’s just the truth.

With that said, what are you strengths?

Are you searching out support to soar higher?

And, as importantly, are you supporting others in their quest for a full life?

My cousin sent me this video on facebook on Friday and I loved it so much I immediately knew I wanted to share it on the blog this week. I  even corresponded with the reporter, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, on good ol’ twitter on how moved I was. Surprise surprise…she tweeted back ;)

In it, Gayle (first name basis now) discusses “Women entrepreneurs, example not exception”. It was a great reminder of what I’m discussing above; supporting others in their pursuit to being ‘exceptional’.

We all must be conscious about how we’re showing up for others and what we’re telling our next generation so they might be better equipped to show up as big as they want to in life.

…the most fun.

What do you think of the Ted Talk?

Namaste.

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Start with Why, in life and in business.

A coach that is helping me create my story/my talk had me watch the following video before our first session together. And you know what the big aha was for me (AGAIN)?

That it’s all connected.

Whether it’s in speaking, business, non-profit, with family or friends…it’s really all about the WHY.

My speaking coach had me watch this TED Talk video to inspire digging deep; to get me clear on the WHY of my talk. WHY I felt passionate about it and WHY people listening would really care. As in, enough to become evangelists and part of the longevity of the story long after I’m done speaking.

I’m hoping this video will help you gain clarity as well…whether it’s on a story or book you’re writing, the way to express a complicated subject to your child or the why behind a new program or product in your business ~ start with why. You’ll find people leaning in…

As entrepreneurs, business-owners and, generally, as human beings we really are so much more powerful and able to truly connect when we not only know the WHY but are able to express it. When we do this over and over again successfully (clearly), this is when people trust us enough to do business with us.

What is your why and WHY should clients, potential clients care?

What is the why behind your vision?

What is the legacy you want to leave behind?

What do you really care about, what do you value?

(psst this is all “branding”;-)

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You did it.

Having studied yoga philosophy for seven months and generally living what I’d like to call a mindful life, I know the power in  visualization.

Successful people don’t have something special that you don’t. They might do some things that are “special” or different than what you’re doing, however, there is nothing inherently more valuable or capable in her than in you. (there isn’t)

It’s all about the emphasis we put on certain practices, rituals and most definitely the super-size of focus, drive and level of  trust in yourself that will make or break you (our conditioning is a big one).

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell discussed his theory around 10,000 hours in his book Outliers. He believes it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something. Well, first things first. He believes you CAN become an expert if you simply put in the time.

But There’s More To It

I agree and also add the pieces mentioned above about routines and practices we partake in to keep us moving forward in the right direction.

You must take care of yourself and tune in to create a success that feels good: Practice mindfulness. Practice rituals such as visualization to see and feel what you want…it will motivate you to keep going no matter how scary or big you think the goal or vision is, trust me.

Here’s a Great (easy & quick) Visualization to Practice Often

Visualize the project you’re working on…

• the book you’re writing

• the program you’re starting

• the baby you’re growing

• the business you’re about to start

Imagine your thing as the most beautiful version of itself: what they’ll look like/be like once they are finished. Envision the joy they’ll produce for yourself, yes, but for the people its meant to touch as well.

Envision it being “done” ~ birthed.

You did it.

How does that make you feel? See the reaction others will have. Envision the feeling of having put something out into the world you’ve wanted to put out for such a long time. Let that feeling grow inside you, really allow it to take up space.

Take it all in. Let it sit. Let it simmer.

Now let it go…

It’s not your business how exactly that success will come to you (many times it comes to us in a fashion we haven’t planned on) but it IS your business to continuing putting in the time, energy and positive mindset that it will come.

In my opinion, visualization is a version of meditation I like to call reflection. Reflecting on what we want is so important. I really do see it as a way to take care of ourselves. A way to take pause yet keep us moving emotionally in the direction of our largest lives.

And for any of you parents out there, enjoy an article I wrote about re-inventing ourselves-slash-following what we want in life: Michelle’s article on Being the Mother or Father of Your Re-Invention on the HappinessSeries.com.

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