Been there; done that? (No siree!)05-17-2012
I want to tell you something I'm really jazzed about. But this comes with a warning: be aware of the "been-there-done-that" squirrel chatter that will probably arise.
I've been watching lately how that ole chuttering in my head (chatter + muttering) can lull me into thinking that I should just as well take a nap or go watch Mad Men because I've heard — and tried— all this stuff before.
But that's what I'm so excited about! This week I'm seeing so clearly that all that chuttery squabble in my head is the only thing keeping me from having the life I want — all the time.
Last night I was really energized last night after spending an hour with Estra Roell and Kathleen Martin on their Blog Talk Radio Show, Coach Cafe. During our conversation, I shared eight really simple ways to get more joy outta life — and all of them were things to do in ten minutes or less. While I was on the show, I was feeling in my bones how these practices have truly saved my life. Even though the squirrel talk in my head was saying, "blah, blah, blah. There's nothing special to any of this," my real self knew better. My real self could feel the cumulative effects of creating extraordinary moments one by one.
And that's what I want to share with you. I want you to really get it that we can change our lives in minutes. It doesn't take a lot of effort or time. It doesn't take losing weight or having that dreamy lover or controlling the household chaos. It simply means setting the intention, right here, this moment, to create one extraordinary moment and then watch what happens. That's it.
If you listen to the Blog Talk Radio interview, below, you can hear all eight ideas I present. And I encourage you to do so! But here's one to get you started, right now. Promise me that you wil cover your ears with your hands when squirrel mind tells you that you've done this before. Promise me that you will pretend this is a brand new idea you're hearing for the first time. Promise me you will actually set a timer and DO THIS. And that you will pay attention to the sensations in your body and the thoughts in your head before, during, and after.
Okay. Ready? Think about someone in your life who could use a pick-me-up. Maybe it is a close friend or relative. Maybe it is a co-worker or someone in your babysitting co-op. Set the timer for 10 minutes and in that time, I want you to find a piece of paper, a postcard, or greeting card. And I want you to focus on that person and think about a few things you really appreciate about them. In 10 minutes or less you should be able to make a small Love List telling this person a few things that are really lovable about who they are. And then you will mail this list. Immediately.
I don't care what chuttering is going on in your head. I just bet that you created a stand-out moment in your day. And the best part? That person you sent the Love List to? They get to have an extraordinary moment, too! (Thanks to you.)
If you email me and tell me what you experienced, I will happily send you a copy of my ebook, Present Perfect: 127 Creative, No-to-low Cost, Wow-'em Gifts They'll Never Forget. Already have it? You'll get a free 10-minute boost coaching call.
P.S. If the flash isn't working on your system, you can click here to listen to the radio show from last night.