Action (Planning is Only the Start)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Action.” Planning or preparation is important but only by taking action will you move your life forward.

What actions have you been putting off because of fear? Move past the fear.

What actions would you be taking if there was absolutely no way you could fail?

For this week, make a list of actions you want to complete and finish the list; no excuses!

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Opening

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Opening.” Fearlessly open yourself to all the possibilities of your life.

What doors are opening around you? What’s keeping you from entering?

How open are you to receiving love, compassion and care from others?

What are some things you wish you were more open towards? This week, work on one or two of them.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Emergence (as Leader, as Authentic Self)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Emergence.” Live the life that was meant for you as you emerge as your genuine self.

How close are you to being your true or ideal self? What steps will allow that self to come into being?

What gifts have you been hiding from the world? Start using these talents more openly.

This week, become aware of new beginnings around you and jot down your observations.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Faith and Optimism

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Faith.” Have faith in yourself and your ability to move your life forward.

What steps are you taking now to improve your life? Write them down so, when they become reality, you’ll reaffirm your ability to create powerful change.

How can you better express the faith you have in others?

Faith requires trust and patience. This week, let anxiety fade and have faith that all you’re working towards will be yours.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Adventure

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Adventure.” Take a risk and add spice to your life.

How have you been limiting yourself? Take a step towards action even if it feels risky.

Think of something you find exciting. How can you work that into your everyday life?

Plan a small adventure or outing for yourself this week. Sometimes small adventures can lead to larger ones.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Miracles

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Miracles.” Look for them and you’ll discover that miracles happen all the time.

This week, be aware of “happy accidents” that occur. How have they helped you in the past?

Be someone else’s miracle. Do something unexpected or simply “show up” when you’re needed.

Look back over the recent past. What would you consider “miraculous” now that you look at it with a fresh perspective?

Expect miracles to happen in your life but don’t impose restrictions as to how they might occur.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Essence (What makes you “you?”)

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Road Trip! The destination for this week is “Essence.” We each have something unique to offer. This core of your being is essential to your purpose in life.

Spend one day with any facade stripped away. Be the REAL you without any care as to what others expect.

When things are hectic and stressful, what brings you back to center?

This week, do something to learn more about your gifts and talents. Read a book, start a journal or take a class.

Let us know in the comments where you’ve gone and what you’ve discovered about yourself.

Have Courage and Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late

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I attended a memorial service over the weekend. It was very informal being a casual gathering of friends and family. It had an “open mic” format where, through the course of the evening, anyone could step up to the microphone and offer a few words about the departed. A few family members gave their stories early on and then things waned as an awkward silence set in. Eventually, everyone went back to chatting quietly at their individual tables.

After about 30 minutes, a very tiny, timid and teary-eyed woman approached the microphone. In a quiet, but still very audible voice, she started by saying that she was ashamed to be at the service. She went on to explain that she was the departed’s half-sister. (A few gasps went out indicating this wasn’t a widely known relative.) She had never been a large part of this person’s life but, now that she had heard some of the stories, she was begging to hear more. She encouraged others to come up and say just a few words about her sister so that she could learn more about what she had missed from not being more involved in this person’s life.

I thought two things; what guts that took and how this was a classic “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” moment.

We all lost someone over the past week—Maya Angelou. Her insight into courage opened the eyes of many to their full potential.

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

I’m sure this woman shows courage in other aspects of her life too but I wonder what kept her from connecting with her sister more deeply when it was something she obviously wanted. I think her initial statement gives a clue. Our fear of rejection and shame often holds us back from pursuing things we want. It isn’t until the need or desire for what we want exceeds the fear that we can pursue our dreams.

If there’s something you’re striving for, whether it’s a personal change or a mended relationship, envision the pleasure of having met your goal and consider the risk of delaying in your pursuit. Put the negative self-talk and the idea of shame aside and have courage. You can succeed but you’ll never know for sure until you try. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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