Many years ago, seafaring Viking explorers had an inspired practice. When they arrived on the shores of a new land, they would unload all of their supplies and then burn their ships.
That way, they had no option other than to move forward into the great unknown, meet their new life head on and embrace it fully. While they may have valued the familiarity and security of their former homeland, they envisioned life as a grand adventure first and foremost. And so they anchored their bodies, minds, hearts and souls to the never-ending potentiality of glorious new possibilities.
It can be tempting at times to spend a lot of energy sticking to the script, coloring within the lines, staying in your own lane. We have endless strategies to help us do so: logic, to do lists, reminders, back-up plans, security systems, fail-safe mechanisms, insurance policies and, my personal favorite, elaborate spreadsheets.
But as we all know, circumstances can change in the blink of an eye, with absolutely no warning. And when they do, well conditioned muscles of faith, hope, creativity, adaptability, intuition, curiosity and resilience will prove far more valuable than all the spreadsheets in the world.
Don’t get me wrong. Having a plan is a useful tool for focusing your energy to manifest your desires. But no one can prepare, script or plan for every possibility. However comprehensive, detailed and brilliant your plans may be, I encourage you to always hold them loosely and stay flexible in your approach by remaining open to additional input from the Universe.
So that when things don’t go as you planned, you won’t add insult to injury by investing your energy in ranting, raving, blaming and freaking out. You’ll make the more constructive and loving choice to relax into all that was, is and will be—trusting that Universal love is always unfolding the highest good for all, in all through all.
Consider this: while having a plan can be powerful, spontaneity is essential to a life of vitality. So the Universe keeps life interesting and helps us stay nimble with frequent doses of the unexpected.
Choose your energy and change your life! Today is neither too soon nor too late.
Would you rather spend your life on the sidelines wrapped in the perceived safety of your spreadsheets and lists or GET IN THE GAME and start living your own thrilling adventure every day? The choice is yours and yours alone—one you get to make in each moment.
What ships will you burn RIGHT NOW so that you may step into the greatness for which you were born?
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I am retired from 40+ years of helping individuals and teams build lives and organizations they love. One of the great joys of my retirement from professional practice is having greater bandwidth to donate my professional and creative talents to support and promote animal and social welfare charities.
During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world’s largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll.
My recovery from burnout led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. As a board-certified coach, author, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world.
111419 DJW Sid CH Pet Corner Photo ShootI help clients achieve rapid, extraordinary, sustainable results by connecting who they are with what they do, a connection often lost through stress and the sheer busy-ness of daily life. Courageous self-awareness and unconditional self-love lead to honest choices based on priorities that nurture you and those around you on a journey to wholeness.
Decades in coaching, consulting, change management, organization development, human resources and mixed media artistic expression honed my business sense, professionalism, creativity, intuition, leadership and communication skills. The result? Practical tools that help you become more insightful, creative, committed, productive and fulfilled.
Even the most dedicated and hard-working individuals can shift from frustration to a sense of futility when their values, passion, work, and lives become disconnected. One of the problems with not taking care of our health is that the effects of ignoring it are often slow to show up. We continue to juggle family responsibilities, work and finances until we lose ourselves, waking up one day 50 pounds heavier in body and soul—no good to ourselves or anyone else.
I love working with people who are ready to take life-changing action to make their dreams a reality. At each moment, you have inside you all the wisdom you seek to choose your life and your way of showing up. Limiting thoughts, beliefs and feelings can block you from moving forward. An absence of love and concern for yourself can result in negative head talk that holds you back with discouraging messages about who you are and what you can do.
By listening and caring deeply, I guide you in connecting with your own inner wisdom. We identify the way you’d like to live. We determine what’s blocking you and release you from the hold those blocks have over you—unleashing the positive energy that will fuel you forward. Together we develop a plan to move you closer to your heart’s desire.
My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! My book, Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life! (Hay House/ Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework.
For fun, I love reading, sewing, knitting, yin yoga, afternoon tea, opera and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my spouse, Wilson Abney, and the cat who runs our life, Maisy Jane.