Watch What Shows Up

Do you believe in coincidence? Two things happening at the same time purely by chance?

There have been several coincidences recently in my life and although my mom disagrees, I believe coincidences are divine appointments to connect us with our destiny. As I explain in my book, “The Power of Faith”, whether we choose to accept it or not, we are all on a spiritual journey. Whatever our belief system, we all need learn to have faith in ourselves, in others and ultimately, faith in Almighty God. He is orchestrating situations for our benefit, but we must open our spiritual eyes to “see” His hand at work.

When we start living in sync with God’s guidelines, things start falling into place, don’t they? I eat right, I lose weight and have more energy. I tithe, my debts and bills get paid off. I slow down and spend more time with God in prayer and meditation, and I gain clarity about what is truly important in life. It’s all about our attitudes towards things of this world. What is my attitude about food? Money? Busyness? Material possessions? Relationships?

One thing I’ve been working on is eliminating the negative things in my life so I can have more peace. It’s kind of like cleaning house in a way: decluttering the junk and only keeping what is valuable, beautiful and adds to my quality of life. I refuse to hold on to anything that doesn’t serve me or help me to move forward in life. It could be a relationship, a habit, a thought pattern, a job, or some material possession.

What I’ve noticed is that when I let go of something that is not bearing fruit, life offers up something so much better. When I am courageous and open to possibilities, God shows up in amazing ways. I’ve learned that God cannot be put in a box. He is so creative and He definitely thinks outside the box.

So what is it that you are holding on to today? What is holding you back from moving forward in your life? Is it your job? A relationship? Negative people? Yes, this is a process for sure, but, the steps to faith are not difficult to do. As I share in my book, the trials in life can be used as stepping stones to a better tomorrow.

Whatever you’re facing today, know that God can use it for your good and His glory. Let go of what is not fruitful, and watch what shows up in your life! Until next time, keep looking up!

How to Move Forward in Life

Are you moving forward in life? Pursuing your dreams and aspirations? Rising to new levels? Or,
are you content with the status quo? If not, is something holding you back from improving in your job, your finances, your relationships and your spirituality?

I have always been a firm believer in personal growth. I am a voracious reader, love the library and am constantly “googling” things. What do you think is the one key factor that holds us back from moving forward in life? Take a guess.

After much research, I have come to the conclusion that the one key factor that is crucial to forward momentum in life is this: having an open heart and an open mind. This means to be open to infinite possibility, to believe that anything is possible because you know what? It is!

As we get older, our past experiences cause us to develop negative thought patterns. Psychologists call these neural pathways in our brains. We may not even be consciously aware of these connections, but they do exist. Although they are hidden deep in our subconscious mind, they impact the choices we make in our daily lives. The good news is they can be reprogrammed.

Like any good IT professional knows, a faulty If/then statement can lead a program into endless looping and isn’t that what happens to us a lot? We keep on repeating the same unhealthy patterns over and over and never break the cycle. So what is at the crux of all this? One four letter word.

Fear. And it’s two nasty cousins, insecurity and self-doubt.

These three little devils insidiously infiltrate our thinking and try to spoil the party. But we don’t have to succumb, because we have the power to change. Human beings are the only species who have the ability to control their minds. So, where does all this leave us?

Well, for more on this topic, stay tuned for my upcoming video where I’ll explain how to identify and remove the limitations that hold us back. Until next time, keep looking up!

Lessons from Biking

I love to ride my bike! As soon as I start moving, a feel an exhiliaration of sorts. I feel free! The air in my face, the speed of travel, and the beauty of the scenery all make for an enjoyable experience. I can lose myself in thought and get into the “zone”. It’s great.

Yesterday, however, was a different story. I decided to take a ride on the trail near my home. Biking helmet, gloves, & water bottle in hand, I was off for what I had expected to be a relaxing ride.

It turned out there was a race going on – a marathon perhaps – and the trail was full of runners, in addition to the regular die-hard biking groups, families with strollers, and people with dogs. It was not going to be quite the relaxing ride I had anticipated. In fact, it turned out to be more like navigating an obstacle course.

As I pedalled along, trying to keep a decent pace, avoid hitting anybody or running over someone’s straying child, several thoughts occured to me that I thought I’d share. Perhaps you, too, have considered some of these.

1. Biking is like life. We’re all on the path, and we’re all going at different speeds.

2. There are a lot of obstacles, sometimes unexpected, to watch out for.

3. Staying safe is a top priority if I want to keep moving forward.

4. Remember to look ahead. Keep my eyes open for what is coming down the road.

5. Some people are in another world and not paying attention. Watch out for them too.

6. Despite all the distractions, listen and watch for what’s really important.

7. Enjoy the moment!

All in all, it was a fun ride. The sounds of nature reminded me of the true pace of life. So next time you go biking, share some of your thoughts with us!

Until next time, keep moving forward and keep looking up!