Here is another set of some of my most recent, highly recommended reads:
I get your emails on a regular basis. Very long emails. You generously tell me about your life, and what you want to be doing compared to what you are doing now. You tell me there is something you read on this blog that inspired you. You want to know how you can do what it is you want to do.
I have the same answer for everyone. It is the same answer I give myself every day. Sometimes multiple times a day.
Just open the file.
At this point in my career I am a thriving freelance graphic/web designer and online marketer (though you wouldn’t know it by the shape of this blog…and we can define “thriving” at a later date.). I have many regular clients. I have a fabulous home office. And….I have freedom to choose when, where and how I work.
Freedom is a lot of responsibility.
The fact is, though I love my work, I would rather not have to do it on a daily basis….or even at all, really. But I still enjoy it for what it is. It is what I do for my energy exchange in the universe, and it has many perks.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and all I want to do is dance in my living room, listen to music, read, play outside, daydream, and talk with friends.
But sometimes shit’s really gotta be done. (You can quote me on that…)
I have two driving forces:
(not necessarily accomplished in that order)
Inspiration sometimes comes, and I sit down with no blockages, and work flows through me with ease…and if I am lucky every now and again it comes out with brilliance.
Most of the time, I am on deadline and things just have to be done no matter what.
Even when I would rather…not.
So when I find myself dreading the prospect of sitting down to work I tell myself:
Just open the file.
I don’t have to do ANYTHING but open the file. Once I get to that, then I am fine, and deadlines are met. The work gets done.
It doesn’t matter what it is you want or have to do.
Just open the file.
It’s good to see the big picture. It good to see the end goal.
See that. Then just start. Somewhere. Anywhere. In anyway possible.
It doesn’t matter where you start, but you can only get to the finish line if you start.
You can only get to the finish line if you START.
Hey you! Yeah you! The person sitting there in your cubicle hating your boss or sitting on your couch crying over your relationship while you read this blog and dream of a better day.
Seriously, I mean it. You have spent all these years languishing in a life you don’t want. That takes some major resolve to deal with the debilitating misery and boredom of your life. I commend you. You’ve got some big time willpower.
Crazy huh? I bet you thought you didn’t have willpower, didn’t you?
Now that your eyes have been open, for god’s sake, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN LIFE THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO PLEASE YOUR:
Conservative best friend from childhood…. (wait…what? LOVE YOOOU!)
Etc. etc. etc…. (yawn…)
Why are you doing this to yourself?
FYI 1: Catering to the whims of what other people think you should be doing with your life does not make them happy.
FYI 2: People will approve and disaprove of you no matter what you are doing.
FYI 3: YOU can totally be happy and successful even if you are totally not at this moment.
FYI 4: If you think your life kinda sucks, I promise that the stress of changing it is way better than what you are doing now.
FYI 5: Relax man, most things are not a big deal. Take a deep breath. Shit passes (heh).
FYI 7 (cause 6 is lame and I wanted to get to 10 FYI’s): You absolutely can make a living doing what you want. The internet is pretty awesome. You can learn anything. Stop making excuses.
FYI 8: It IS better to be alone than to be in an unhappy relationship. Great things can happen when you are alone. Relationships that don’t coincide with who you are and what you want, drain all your energy until you’re dead.
FYI 9: The fear of loosing everything is pretty scary (being a fear and all). Actually loosing everything (ok maybe not EVERYTHING) can be one of the greatest gifts you may ever experience in life.
FYI 10 (whew…I made it): People who try and make you feel like you shouldn’t start your own business, travel the world, or whatever that thing is that you want to do, are INSANELY jealous of your verve. Nothing more.
I would apologize for sounding a little brash, being that this is a yoga blog (partially) and therefore I **SHOULD** be using a higher vibration of conscious communication, right? Whatever. I am who I am. You are who you are. And sometimes you just gotta be set straight about the fact that you are perfectly set crooked. Embrace it, get out there and live your own damn life on your own damn terms. THEN maybe you can start thinking about how you are going to truly and deeply affect others in a positive way.
I have been paying close attention to the lifestyle, business practices and words of one of my clients, who happens to run multiple, successful, business establishments. I have noticed some very major differences between the way my client functions and the way that, well…everybody else does!
So here are the 7 ways in which YOU are different than my client when it comes to being successful. (And by “you”, I actually mean “us,” because I am pretty guilty of these as well…not that I am trying to make anyone feel guilty or anything…just sayin’…)
1. You avoid being uncomfortable if at all possible.
2. You see the limits in your abilities, time, finances and knowledge and don’t bother even starting the processes which you are capable of right now.
3. You are afraid of people’s criticisms and often let those criticisms divert your attention towards failure instead of taking what’s good and making adjustments while telling the rest of the naysayers and trouble makes to go to hell. (uhh…something like that)
4. You see an obstacle and only see the obstacle, not the many ways around it…or over it…or under it…
5. You think you have to pick one thing and that will be the only thing that you will ever do, so you don’t pick anything.
6. You think you have to do it all on your own.
7. You are not true to who you really are and what you really want.
I am going to tell you a little secret…
In the short 4 1/2 months that I have had this blog up and running, it has helped me earn THOUSANDS of dollars (well over $6 grand in fact) in cash and experiences. Don’t miss out! Keep reading…
Below is a letter I just sent out to my web design clients. If you are a yoga teacher, yoga studio owner or entrepreneur of any sort, I invite you to read this carefully to ensure that you are reaching your target market via your most powerful and important marketing vehicle…your website!
Dear Valued Clients,
While in Bali I have been taking the opportunity to expand my knowledge base to better serve you. There are so many aspects to designing a great website, that have nothing to do with design, in order to convert the website viewers into paying clients. Don’t miss out! Keep reading…
Today I invite us to make a commitment. A commitment that will immediately start changing our lives and the lives of those around us. A commitment that will immediately end many future negative experiences and losses for ourselves and an untold number of people. This single commitment will change our thought processes and emotional state so considerably, that hindrances and obstacles to living our dreams, loving others and being loved by others will begin to fall away with ease. Don’t miss out! Keep reading…
Before I left the US, I called my bank to see how much I would be screwed over (I am SO yoga) when using my ATM card in Bali. The damage? The local ATM fees, $5 charge per transaction by my bank AND a 3.5% international transaction fee! What?
Napoleon Hill’s Third Law of Success is Don’t miss out! Keep reading…
Last year in Sukhbir Kaur’s 40 Day Transformation training she asked us to write an “I am” statement. Most of us in the training started out with the usual labels: I am a mother, I am a yoga teacher, I am a woman, I am a husband, I am a son, etc. Then, we were asked to go deeper and to start thinking more expansively about who we wanted to be, what we wanted to do and how we wanted to feel in all areas of our existence. After looking at it again today, even though there are many things I could add and expand upon, I find it to still be incredibly pertinent on my path and something I am actively working towards.
Here is my “I am statement.” It is my hope that it offers you inspiration for writing your own. THINK EXPANSIVE.
I am… a human being, a being of strength, grace, power and light which shines through in both my presence and reputation.
I am… healthy, energetic and long living.
I am… a teacher, a student, a healer and a giver.
I am… an expansive and creative thinker, continuously coming up with ideas for solutions and growth which I can use to earn money as well as to give back in service.
I am… an effective leader and powerful supporter. People seek me out to spread important messages to others.
I am… practicing yoga and meditation daily.
I am… a teacher who uplifts and inspires others all over the world.
I am… a person who people feel instantly comfortable and relaxed with. My presence is open and welcomeing which allows people to let down their guard and be open and honest with me. I greet and leave people with hugs, keep eye contact, listen intently and share upliftment.
I am… an inspiration to others. People seek me out for wisdom that will support their life.
I am… able to easily make friends and surround myself with people whose friendship is mutually supportive.
I am… a person who earns $20,000 plus a month doing only the things I enjoy the most while reliable people support me by doing the things I need done that I do not choose to handle myself and are they are compensated well in pay, time flexibility, opportunity, along with emotional, mental and spiritual fullfillment.
I am… debt free and save 15% of my income.
I am… the most reliable person people know. I do what I say I am going to do by the time I say I am going to do it and be where I say I am going to be, when I say I am going to be there.
I am… a sought after designer.
I am… an artist and a poet.
I am… a motivating and inspiring writer and public speaker.
I am… an entrepreneur and business partner helping to start and grow successful businesses which support people and the environment for a greater good.
I am… a generous philanthropist, activist and advocate for human rights and environmental sustainability.
I am… able to spend my time and money freely as I choose as my income is not based off of the amount of time I work and what I want to do with my time is not limited by how much money I make.
I am… a world traveler, often spending months living and working with friends and family in other countries such as Italy, Baja, France and Bali.
I am… an effective and uplifting communicator in any type of situation. I am able to listen intently with an open mind and heart. I am not swayed by critisism, no do I rely on praise for my confidence. My words are so clear and well understood with a noticeable kindness that people always react positively when I speak.
I am… a person who money comes to easily and I often get paid large sums of money for my insights and ideas.
I am… surrounded by amazing and supportive people who love me unconditionally and desire that I succeed.
I am… emotionally stable and able to make concsious choices versus being reactive to others negativity as well as experiences from my own past.
I am… always having fun. Everything I do brings me pleasure and enjoyment.
I am… a consumer of highly nutritious and delicious food that is cultivated sustainably.
I am… calm and relaxed even during times of great challenge.
I am… dancing and singing freely.
I am… a sound sleeper, waking up rested and ready every morning.
I am… able to give and receive love and intimacy from all of the people who are apart of my life.
I am… fulfilled in my relationship. I share the same values, interests and motivations as my partner while also enjoying autonomy. We love each other more than we ever thought we could love another and are capable of fulfilling each others intellectual, emotional, mental, spiritual and sexual needs in such a way that honors our differences as well as similarities.
I am… comfortable and joyful in social situations. I am able to bring value to and enjoy the company of many different groups while maintaining a strong sense of self.
I am… confident in the beauty of my body. My skin is radiant and resiliant. My body stays at it’s optimum weight. My muscles are strong and flexible . I am pain free. I can perform any physical exercise I choose with minimal practice and I get healthier as I age. When people see me after longer periods of time they notice that I look better than the last time they saw me.
I am… a loving and supportive parent who meets the needs of my child throughout out his long and happy life. I am raising a son with high values and all the skills he needs to live his best life.
I am… in a heightened state of intention and awareness.
I am I am.