Time is just zipping by at its usual pace and here in Sweden fall is fast upon us. Less daylight and just a few months left to finish the year off in style. Are you up for it? If you need an extra boost that will take you well into the new year and beyond come and join us the 23rd of September in Gothenburg for a full day with Supercoach Michael Neill. This is your last chance to register and come along on a insight provoking journey that will transform both your business and your life.
Does investing in day of inspiration like that seem like a good idea to you? Are there other things that you think is more important that day? How do we sort out what’s worth doing when there is som many things to choose from? Where should I work? Who should I share my life with? What to have for lunch? An ever increasing amount of big and small decisions to make that can feel like the cause of a great deal of stress in our lives.
Anyway, if you can’t make it to our event you can at least make the decision to listen to one of my favorite episodes of Michael’s radio show by simply clicking the link. And, hopefully you will find my thoughts below on a basic principle for how you can make better decisions valuable in some way. Either way, take a nice slow breath, sit back, read and…
Make Your Life a Masterpiece,
Quote of the month
" No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance. "
- Henry Miller
All that glitters...
It started with a rumbling noise behind the hills on the south point of Crete. While the noise got louder and louder strangely enough there was only one person in our party of twelve that so much as raised an eyebrow. On the other hand, as the giant military helicopter swooped into view that person got so excited that he ran towards it as fast as his legs would let him. Wildly waving his arms and screaming to make himself heard, he tried to make the rest of us understand that something fantastic was going on.
Eyes as big as saucers he used all his ways of communication to make us see what he was seeing. “A helicopter” we said all at once and then it was out of view again. Not satisfied that we got the enormity of the moment he came back to the table and pointed to where it was last seen, carefully studying our faces to see if we had understood how magical this occasion was.
Our son Vince as a one and a half year old wanted to share his experience with someone and grabbed my finger and started dragging me towards where the helicopter was last seen. As I looked over at the other faces around the table I realized that he had succeeded in truly sharing his experience with everyone there. Because everyone’s eyes were glittering with the same delight, smitten by that same enthusiasm that resides in all of us, but that sadly we might let shine less often as the years go by.
Now, why am I sharing this little family anecdote of everyday magic? Well, as a coach that look in the eyes that we all shared around the table is exactly what I look for when someone asks me to help them get more out of life. Because quite often clients start out with telling me how well they’re really doing – good job, house with an ocean view, exotic vacation spots – without a trace of glitter in their eyes.
”Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde
Not because there is anything wrong with any of those outer signs of traditional success. But the reality is that our experience of life comes from our thoughts. So, no matter how much we believe that the right circumstances will make us happy it never leads to those childishly glittering eyes. At best it might give you a temporary high followed by an emptiness that can never be filled by “more”. Despite this, going for more seems to be preferred strategy most of us choose to find our way back to what came so natural to us as children.
I would like to suggest that you instead follow that glitter in your eyes. Let it lead the way when it comes to finding the right job, choosing someone to share your life with and in any other choice you make. Because when you do you are basing it on the inner joy and wisdom that we are all born with rather than in a desperate attempt to find something you think you’ve lost. To happily achieve rather than achieving to be happy. With a sense of glitter as your personal Ariadne’s thread you will find your way through life easier than you might have thought possible.
Furthermore, I would go as far as to say that glittering eyes is your soul’s signal for you being in the right place for you. And when you are you will not only enjoy what you do even more, but you will bring more value to the world. And the value you can add is what you are paid for. Should your personal calling be one that the world or market isn’t currently valuing that highly (i.e. teachers, nurses, manual labor) it really doesn’t matter.
Because all that glitters isn’t gold but what glitters in the human soul is worth much more than any precious metal. It’s been there all along, constantly leaking out, wanting to light up your path through life. Follow it rather than heading the call of things around you and you get a great life scenario: You might achieve all you want and have a fantastic life. Or, you don’t achieve all you want and still have a fantastic life. According to me that’s a true win/win. What do you think?
Somebody Should Have Told Us
by Jack Pransky
What you don’t know can’t hurt you goes the old saying. Well, turns out that what you don’t know can at least keep you from living life to the fullest. In this book you get quite a few of those things that we should all get told at an early age. Pick up a copy, read it and let it seep into your mind. You’ll be glad that you did…
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