Last week I had the great blessing of participating once again in a vision quest. During a vision quest, you “labor” for a vision that is meant to help define the next steps you are meant to take to fulfill your life purpose and be of the greatest service to the planet and all whom you share it with. What is a vision quest? Different cultures have different ways of getting in tune with Spirit. I have participated in several that include plant medicine of various kinds, but a vision quest undertaken in the traditional Lakota way is done without substances of any kind. Instead, preparations are made by infusing 405 prayer ties with prayers, fasting is done while on the mountain for 4 days and 3 nights, and the entire time is spent immersed deeply in communion with Spirit. (more…)
About eight years ago, after finishing another graduate degree, I was literally dragging myself out of bed every morning. I went from an energetic woman who hopped out of bed every morning to go running to a woman who kept hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. I felt myself fighting falling asleep every afternoon at work. I couldn’t wait to go to bed every night; in fact, it was my new favorite time of day! I was exhausted. My memory was shot. I had been used to remembering every single patient’s story and plan of care without having to refer to their chart. In fact, many of my patients were amazed at what I considered a “normal memory.” However, with the extreme fatigue came extreme brain fog. I became alarmed and started searching for answers. (more…)
Reversing autoimmunity is possible. I did it. Hundreds of my patients have done it. And we all did it in a way that fit our own unique root causes.
The root causes of autoimmune disease are what I call the four corner pieces of the autoimmune puzzle. Given that you are unlike any other human on this earth, you need to think of any chronic health issue you have as a unique puzzle that must be solved. In my book, Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle, I detail how to solve any chronic health issue. Here I will briefly discuss how to get started in solving your puzzle.
‘If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster” ~ Stephen R. Covey, Author
Have you ever worked really hard for something, and then once you got to the goal, you realized it isn’t what you really wanted anyway?
When we are clear about who we are, why we are here, and what we want in life, miracles begin to happen because we can tap into the power of the Universe. The Universe needs very clear directions. If we aren’t clear about what we want or what we are trying to do, we send out muddled messages. Mike Dooley, Founder of Notes from the Universe says, “Thoughts Become Things – So Choose the Good Ones!” That’s a pretty powerful statement about just how important clarity is.
I have a simple five-step exercise that I have used for years to help my clients achieve clarity in their lives, their finances, and their careers. The template I’m using here is available in the Smart Women’s Academy, Unlock Your Financial Power course, but you can do the five steps in this exercise around any goal.
We all have dreams, but too often, we get so bogged down with life that we actually forget them. You want your dreams to be very clear, filled with emotion, and tied to your values (ie, what is most important to you). It also helps to be able to see your dreams and to focus on them daily by having them written down where you can see them.
Step 1: Visualize
Please take a minute to close your eyes and imagine that you are looking in a mirror, and it’s three years from now. As you look in the mirror, imagine that you are smiling and you cannot get the smile off your face. You are in a state of total joy. Everything is going fantastic for you. You are at a whole new level of vitality. You are about to start your day. When you turn around to begin your day, continue to use your imagination to answer these questions:
- Where are you going today?
- What does your house look like?
- What car are you driving?
- What are you doing for a living?
- Who are going to meet right now?
- Who are you in a relationship with?
- How much are you earning?
- What do you look like?
- What are you going to wear today?
Think about these answers and jot them down quickly. Your goal is to be in the moment and to write about how it feels to be so happy and why you are so happy.
Step 2: Affirm (written exercise)
Normally, the next step would typically be to write down your goals and then to figure out what you need to do to get from here to there. You will want to do this at one point, but for now, we are going to try something new. You don’t need to know how to do these things, just write down what life would be like in your perfect world using the template I’ve provided for you. Write your statements in present tense and under the three categories below. You can write as many as you wish under each category.
Here are some examples:
- My life is joyful, abundant, and effortless
- I go to yoga three times a week, and love riding my bike through the nature trails each morning
- I enjoy traveling, speaking, and writing
- My daughters are thriving and creating their own joyful lives now
- I love going to weekly concerts with my husband. We are closer than ever!
- I make time to enjoy deep relationships with close friends by planning in advance.
Money and Work
- My business is running without me. My virtual team takes care of all the details!
- I am focused on doing what I love 80% of the time, and it’s paying off because my business is thriving.
- We are on track with our financial goals and update our financial plan quarterly.
Step 3: Activate the Law of Intention:
Now print out your affirmations and put them where you can read them daily so you can stay focused on your dreams. You can scan the list and keep it with you and refer to it regularly. When you read your affirmations with intention, you are sending that order out to the Universe, and you will find that opportunities will begin to show up. You may call these coincidences, but don’t brush them off.
In his book, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, Deepak Chopra says this about coincidences, “When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities. This is when the magic begins. This is a state I call synchrodestiny, in which it becomes possible to achieve the spontaneous fulfillment of our every desire. Synchrodestiny requires gaining access to a place deep within yourself, while at the same time, awakening to the intricate dance of coincidences out in the physical world.”
Step 4: Dancing with the Universe
Don’t try to force things. Simply state your dream, desire or goal and send it out to the Universe. Some may call this creating an intention or praying. You never know what the Universe actually has in store for you, so leave it open. Just be sure to ask for what you want “or something even better”. An example is: “I am earning $100,000 or more annually.”
So many times we think way too small. One reason could be that our Ego (subconscious mind) is trying to protect us from getting hurt or disappointed. This can show up as negative self-talk, or as a little voice in our head. Go for it by asking for what you really want.
Step 5: Believe, trust and watch for magic to begin
The secret is to get really, really clear about what you want and why you want it, focus on it daily, turn it over, and trust what you desire. Once you do, the magic will begin, and you will literally be able to manifest effortlessly. Right now is the perfect time to go out and buy that Miracle Journal. You want to track your ‘coincidences’ and miracles over the next year as your Dreams begin to Manifest!
Now I want to point out one thing here. You cannot do these five steps and then just sit back and wait for things to magically happen. You do need to take an active role in this process. You will need to take action.
If your goal is to go yoga three times a week, you would need to sign up and then show up for the yoga classes. Yes, you will want to take action by setting your goals and taking action. They difference is that you will be watching for those coincidences and then taking advantage of them. So when those opportunities show up, and they will, you will want to say yes.
I remember saying I wanted to be a speaker. I followed all the steps, and then rather quickly I was invited to speak. Guess what I did? I freaked out. My inner voice was screaming that I wasn’t ready! This could happen to you. So be prepared. Have someone who believes in you, someone who has your back, who is there to help you move through your fear. When you do, you will be stepping into your power, and then all of this can happen so easily. It’s so important to trust the process.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you know what it is you are working towards with absolute clarity and to remind you every day exactly what it is that you are working towards.
If you are feeling inspired, please do one of two things:
- Sign up for my free course in Unlock Your Financial Power because it’s the closest thing to working with me personally. The exercise above comes from the course, and this is the work I use with my private clients.
- Book a private 30-minute session with me if you want to know what it would be like to work one-on-one with me. We could do just one session, or maybe more. It’s amazing what we can do in 90 minutes together! Or it could be that we end up working together for the next 90 days. To go to my calendar visit Talk with Katana or my coaching page.
Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business. She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.
Not so long ago, shamans were being wiped out and oppressed in countries all over the world. In some places people couldn’t even own a drum. Today, many people do not understand what a shaman is or what shamanism means. There are misunderstandings within churches because religious leaders, not knowing what shamans do, may preach that shamanic practices go against Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. This is really based on a misconception. Healing is at the heart of shamanism. (more…)
When you make your career all about you, whether it’s in a positive light or a negative one, you reduce your potential to grow.
Many leadership consultants will tell you that being a leader is about the ‘we’ and not the ‘me’ philosophy. Career success is no different. After all, you are the leader of you and your own career, but it’s not just the role you have in getting to the next level, it’s also the people you involve along the way.
If there was one attitude adjustment I needed earlier on in my corporate career and business, it’s that I didn’t have to have it all figured out. That I didn’t have to have each and every detail mapped out before I took any action. I’m sure there were other adjustments I required, many of them as a matter of fact, but this attitude really caused a lot of stress in my life. Because I was caught in this wicked cycle of not knowing what I didn’t know and not being able to figure it out, I became a champion of overthinking, ruminating, and self-doubt.
Does this sound familiar to you?
When you make it all about you, whether it’s in a positive light or a negative one, you reduce your potential to grow. You miss out on opportunities that can lift you and support you to your next level of career by not allowing anyone else to be a part of it.
Instead of isolating yourself, brainstorm with other smart, savvy business professionals and possibly uncover the very solution you need or perhaps one even better. When you feel uncertain of your direction, reach out and allow others to point out your talents and gifts. These are the things you are naturally good at but may not be sure how to utilize. They can help. If you’re procrastinating, others can hold you accountable for your goals. There’s nothing like making a commitment to get it done and the deadline’s tomorrow, for some great motivation.
Are you playing small in your career? The right mentor can encourage and advise you to reach for more.
Do you get excited about an idea only to have your negative self-talk go on a rampage until you’re talked right out of it again? Have conversations with people who have tried it. They can share what worked and what didn’t so you’re not reinventing the wheel.
Quit the overthinking and ruminating and get clear on what is really important to focus on so that you are getting the results you deserve, just make sure you’ve got other people along for the ride.
This article first appeared at Debbie’s website HERE.
Debbie Peterson helps professionals get extreme clarity on what it takes to create career success on their terms! As a business keynote speaker, author, trainer, and coach, she helps organizations fill their leadership pipeline with high potential talent that reaches for and realizes success by harnessing the power of their thoughts.
To Learn more about Debbie, go to Getting to Clarity.