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Saturday, June 6, 2015

The First Step Method

 “I believe that the most important single thing, 
beyond discipline and  creativity, is daring to dare.” 
~ Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014) ~ 

Maya Angelou was a super human. I can’t imagine her needing any kind of method to dare anything. But for those of us who have not quite reached super human status yet, how do we put our dreams in motion?

We all have them; desires, goals, things we want to accomplish. It could be as simple as getting the day started, our errands and chores, or as big as projects, starting a business, creating world peace (never say nay ;), etc. Unfortunately we often sabotage success with fear of disappointment, lack of faith in our ability, or lack of energy. There are times when our innate power feels so dull, or how badly we want it makes it feel impossible.

In terms of attracting and manifesting there is no difference between the things we see as simple and those we see as huge. Esther Hicks said, “It’s as easy to create a castle as a button.” So how do we get past the emotions creating the block?

We need a kick start method. When this happens to me I use the “First Step Method.” We can always muster the energy to take one teensy, weensy baby step.

Determine what the goal is and then take any step, big or small, that we have the energy for. That one step may be all we have the energy for. If that is the case, we determine in our mind what the next small step is and then simply feel the success of that first step taken. If it is meant to be, eventually one of these small steps will open up the energy to keep going. If the energy never lines up, there's probably a reason our conscious mind is not aware of, but our higher self is, that we shouldn't do it at this time.

Here is an example of my most recent experience with The First Step Method. Part of yesterday's plan was to cook for the week. I never lined up with it, nor did I force myself to do it. I took the first step. I took the vegetable broth out of the freezer and put it on the counter to thaw. It did not open up the energy to go further. So be it.

Later on, I took out the bag of basmati rice and put it on the counter. I was still filled with resistance and a bunch of rationalizations why I shouldn't cook. So be it.

This morning, I decided to cook the rice. Shazam! The energy kicked in! It kicked in so hard that I couldn't keep up with it! I was off to finish cooking, free of resistance!

Try it, no matter what the goal. Maybe it's exercise, just walk for 2 minutes. Or it's a business we want to start; research for a few minutes. Could be a relationship; take a small stab at something that's holding us back. If a small step doesn't come to us, listen with an open mind, and it will.

The stress-less, nurturing feeling of The First Step Method clears the garbage thoughts that have been sabotaging us. It takes the pressure off and a sense of freedom comes over us.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see 
the whole staircase, just take the first step.” 
~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~

Friday, June 5, 2015

Quotes of the day... 6/5/15

You’ve got to think about big things 
while you’re doing small things, 
so that all the small things 
go in the right direction.
     ~  Alvin Toffler

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
     ~ Alvin Toffler

Learning is like rowing upstream; 
not to advance is to drop back.
     ~ Chinese proverb

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Quotes of the day... 6/4/15

I criticize by creation, not by finding fault. 
     ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
      ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

We must not only obtain Wisdom: 
we must enjoy her.
     ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
    ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Quotes of the day... 6/3/15

I try to find meaning anywhere I can. 
It's the only way I know how 
to validate my existence.
     ~ Tiffanie DeBartolo

The only way to deal with an unfree world 
is to become so absolutely free 
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
     ~ Albert Camus

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.
     ~ Albert Camus

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Quotes of the day... 6/2/15

If your mind is empty, it is always ready 
for anything, it is open to everything. 
In the beginner's mind 
there are many possibilities, 
but in the expert's mind there are few.
     ~ Shunryu Suzuki

The best way is to understand yourself, 
and then you will understand everything.
So when you try hard to make your own way, 
you will be helping others, 
and you will be helped by others.
     ~ Shunryu Suzuki

Monday, June 1, 2015

Quotes of the day... 6/1/15

The aim of life is to live, and to live means 
to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, 
serenely, divinely aware. 
     ~ Henry Miller

The true sign of intelligence 
is not knowledge but imagination. 
     ~ Albert Einstein

My life is full of clues that link 
my inner reality with the outer worlds.
     ~ Deepak Chopra