this year, evoke magnificence. 5 steps to create your dream year

be the author of your life story ona praderas

Looking Back to Jump Ahead

Early in December, I start thinking about the new year. I look back on the year I just had and do something a coach I love calls “running game film.” Like an athlete will watch the film of the game they just played to assess how they did–what they rocked and what they want to strengthen–I do this for the year I just had.

What did I love?

What did I loathe?

When was I at my best?

What would I like to do differently?

What we Pay Attention to Grows

And then, I get excited. I get excited because I know that when I give myself time and space to slow down and look at things from a place of compassionate curiosity, I magnify. What we pay attention to grows.

Imagine finding the love of your life and then ignoring him or her. Would your relationship thrive? Would it be all it could be?

Our relationship with our life is like this–when we nurture it, it thrives. When we give it time and attention and love, it grows into all it has the potential to be.

5 Steps to Create Your Dream Year

On New Year’s Day I did something magical. (I use the term magic to talk about things that seem illogical, like they don’t make sense to our analytical mind, but they are wonderfully, absolutely happening.) This process for creating your dream year involves great intention, purpose, and joy. I did it on New Year’s Day. You can do it anytime.

Get a big sheet of paper. I mean BIG. And some colored pens. And another smaller sheet of paper.

1. Self-recognition and appreciation. On the smaller sheet of paper, write down what you want to recognize about you and what you did in the previous year. This is your time to celebrate who you are and what you did–no holding back. Remember: what we pay attention to grows. So if you give yourself the time to acknowledge and recognize even small steps towards big goals, well…they grow. This step gets you into powerful creator mode.

2. Envision it. Get the bigger sheet of paper. Close your eyes and begin to get quiet. Set your intention to attune to your wisest self, your highest self, the Self beyond the self. Then set your intention to imagine all that’s possible for you in the upcoming year, all that you would love to experience and create. One way to get your mind to think of this is to ask yourself: “If anything were possible, what would I want to create in my life this year?”

3. Record it. Grab your pens and go. No editing, no second-guessing. Write down words and goals. “I want to write a book.” “Passionate. Purposeful.” “Put it all on the line.” “I want to earn 100K.” Whatever it is for you–write it down. Include how you want to feel. It helps to set a time limit–it helps your mind stay focused. Include key areas of your life: money + work, relationships, self-nourishment, stuff. You can see a snap of mine on Instagram.

4. Live it. Once you’re totally complete with step 3, take the next leap. Imagine that it’s one year from now. You’re telling a group of people who love you everything that’s happened in the year before. What you achieved. What it felt like. Get all into that vision, as though it’s already happened. Talk up a storm. Be thankful. Be fierce. Be all “of course it happened.”

5. Challenge yourself. Imagine that the people you are telling ask you this question: “What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?” Answer that question.

Celebrate.

You did it! Put the paper up where you can see it. Remember what it felt like to stand in that place of having DONE it. Get into that state regularly. Act from that place.

Create your dream year.

Love,

Lindsey

{The image above is a caricature of me by Ona Praderas. I love her work.}

Jan 4, 2016 · Read More · Comment

10 inspirational quotes I love

RespectHerHustle

There are tons of inspirational quotes out there. My favorites combine heart and hustle, mind and soul. And help us remember how much of our life is up to us–that we are powerful, creative, authors of our life story.

10 inspirational quotes I love

1. Respect her hustle.

2. You have two choices: you can either throw in the towel, or use it to wipe your face.

3. “You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” Brene Brown

4. “Life when the sun shines should be lived full throttle—soaring.” Jenny Lawson

5. You might not be the best. Do it anyway.

6. Why? Because I can.

7. The more you do it, the more you know that you can.

8. Test it. The trust comes.

9. Action cures fear.

10. Follow your heart. Take your mind with you.

Love Lindsey

Dec 23, 2015 · Read More · Comment

Create brilliance. Without working too hard

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There is a brilliance in the pauses, the quiet moments in our life where something rises up to greet us and surprise us with it’s perfection.

Where the perfect solution to all that we’ve been wondering about presents itself. With ease. With grace.

This post is about how to access that whenever and wherever you need to.

The Challenge

A few weeks ago I was pondering one of my favorite conundrums: how to best serve this particular group? This group are employees at a multi-national firm with offices all over the globe. They have a challenge that’s unique to them: how to navigate a company culture where training new employees by necessity involves telling them all that they’ve done incorrectly? How to keep the staff on board, despite the potentially devastating feedback?

I love a challenge like this. I love thinking of the individuals impacted by this and how they’re experience of their work and themselves might shift if I come up with something powerful for them. I imagine all that’s possible, if anything at all were possible. I see amazing things: happy people, confident people, content and capable people.

And after that, at some point, the verbal part of my mind inevitably comes in with this: “Yeah, but how could you achieve that? How is that possible?”

Here’s what I do

I acknowledge that part of my mind. I thank it for showing up. And I say “I know you can’t imagine this right now. And that’s OK. That’s not your job. You’re role hasn’t come in yet. I’ll let you know when it has.”

Then I surrender to the part of my mind that knows more: the non-verbal part of my brain. The part of my brain that communicates not through language and thought, but through physical sensation.

I surrender to the right side of my brain, too. The part of my brain that’s in charge of creativity.

I consciously let go of needing to find a solution. Of needing to figure out how. And I start to play.

I love this part.

For the group at this firm, I went for a walk. I let my senses pick up on everything around me, I used it all as stimulation. I set my intention to surrender to what knowing and ideas might come if I just relaxed. And did they ever. I needed to speed-walk home to start getting it all on paper.

Each time something occurred to me or rose up in my mind, I entertained it. I dismissed nothing. The image of an apple could lead to a thought train that arrived at a synapse station where a resource or a teaching I could share might be waiting. The word “growth” reminded me of a book with mindset teachings that are just perfect for this group.

Suddenly, by saying “I don’t know the answer yet but I’m sure it will come” and consciously relaxing, I had a fully-fleshed out proposal, with a full-scale training and integration just for them.

Know this

I believe we all have this capacity. It’s biological. Our brain can be utilized this way. And one of the best things I’ve ever done is adopt a “No editing, no judgement” approach when I’m creating something–whether it’s the next chapter in my book or working my way through the creation stages for a corporate training.

Meditation has helped me with this. Every time I sit down to embrace the relief and grace of dropping into peace, I’m training my mind to drop away from the thoughts that can get in the way of creative, powerful ideas.

Once the ideas are in place, I call in the other part of my mind–the left brain and the part that communicates in language and logic. And together, all parts of me join forces to finesse something that will be transformational.

It’s like being carried by a river on the way to the ocean.

Much love,

Lindsey

Dec 15, 2015 · Read More · Comment

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