-Do not wish to be anything but what you
are and try to be that perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly
newsletter. This FREE newsletter is designed to encourage
you in creating a life so joyful and authentic, you radiate.
Please pass it along to friends you would like to inspire.
know it’s up to you. You always have an option, to choose
what you wanna do, take control or run and hide. It’s OK
to take a fall, if you have good intentions. As long as
you give it all, you’ll feel good inside.”
Have you been stocking up? Have you
at least made a stocking up plan? After the blackout I went
through while visiting family in Detroit, I am more convinced
than ever in the importance of being prepared.
Whose Life Is This Anyway?
We have this idea that we are just
looking at our life as it bobs this way and that according
to whatever outside waters are propelling us. We think we
have to work this many hours because of our house payment,
instead of looking at it from another direction like moving
into a smaller house or finding a job with better pay.
We say I’d love to…write, travel,
paint, ride horses, learn yoga, but I just don’t have the…time,
money, energy… I think many of these “valid excuses” are
just ways to hide from risking. In Simple Abundance, Sarah
Ban Breathnach writes, “Many of us have unconsciously erected
seemingly insurmountable barriers to protect ourselves from
failing or succeeding. We may think we’re protecting ourselves
by ignoring or denying our creative impulses, but really
all we are doing is burying our authentic selves alive.”
Doing our own thing is risky. We don’t
want to risk failure- or worse looking silly. But, look
around. The happiest people are those doing their passion
despite the difficulties or fears.
What kind of barriers or excuses do
you use to keep you from the life you really want to live?
From what fears are you trying to save yourself?
So many people have worked to make
their dreams come true. They may have had to do drastic
things like sell their house and live out of a trailer so
they could travel the world. Some may have had to cut out
some of their spending in order to quit their hated job
and open their own business. Maybe you will have to take
the risk of saying no to someone in order to take time for
a drawing class. Read up on people that are doing what you
long to do. Let them help you find solutions to your barriers.
Write down your three main excuses
for not living the life you want.
Brainstorm ways to work around these
barriers. Research online. Talk to people who have done
what you want to do.
Look behind the barriers and journal
what fears may be behind the excuses.
Take one risk each day this week to
forward your dream.
Self-Care Tips for
some fantastic pens at the back-to-school sales
an hour doing a hobby you love
a fresh tomato from your garden or a farmer’s market
to bed early every night for a week
happens unless first a dream."
someone else’s chores
a friend to go out for lunch at a new restaurant in town
a show for someone who is going to miss it
on a boat ride with your partner or friend
somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you
-- Liz Smith
I have my own domain now! You can
visit me at www.encouragingcoach.com
I am setting up my fall list of clients.
If you would like a free exploratory session to see if coaching
is right for you, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org In your request
let me know if you prefer e-mail or phone call sessions.
I encourage you this month to live
out your passions, to be thankful every day and to stand
up to fear.
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