I found what I thought was my dream job—running a nonprofit organization, making a difference in people’s lives every single day. The day after I gave my notice, a board member of the organization called me at work. “If you were my daughter, I’d say, don’t take this job.” I’d already given notice, and, with no plan C, I started the new job two weeks later.
It takes a certain level of valuing oneself— one’s gifts, one’s skills and one’s being—to share those gifts with others—to live our passions, to be of service to the world in some way. Lisa suggests starting an Embrace My Worth journal and gets you started with some journaling prompts. The more you value yourself, the more others will be drawn to you and the more opportunity you will have to shine your radiant light. So, don’t hold back. Embrace your gifts, your skills, and your worth in every way. And shine, shine, shine.
If you love to write, you know that writing in that place of flow can be ecstatic. When the words just keep coming, you are in another realm—full of both magic and mystery—whether you’re writing a journal entry, a straightforward how-to book or a blog post. At other times you may struggle to write and feel disconnected. Would you like to get back to your writing bliss? Here are two writing prompts to help you access it.
In many spiritual and religious traditions, the final step of ritual is gratitude, giving thanks. From a “Law of Attraction” standpoint, it makes sense to feel the feeling of gratitude for whatever it is you are creating in your life—through prayer or ritual—even before it’s here. Sometimes that step is a leap for people. In the 5-Step system I formulated for Writing in the Zone, I suggest you end with your writing time with giving thanks and feeling grateful for your writing session—the inspiration, the flow, the pages you wrote. When I began to focus on gratitude, not only did my writing blocks fall away completely, but my whole life changed. First, my perspective changed. Then good things began happening in my life.
As a book writing coach, I see many clients transform their life’s crises into that veritable pearl in the oyster when they write a book that shares their journey. The writing takes them into new territory and insights, brings them confidence and helps them see their struggles in an entirely new way as their experiences suddenly become a portal to personal power and a credential for new endeavors that build upon their experience. But you don’t have to write a book to use the power of writing to help you through crisis, Lisa shares some other ideas to get you started.
As a book writing coach, every day I meet people who are committed to Living Full Out. Or who think they are. Or want to be. I often say that writing a book expands you as a human — and spiritual — being in ways you can never imagine. It often touches every aspect of your life. In writing a book you along with claiming your power and letting your voice be heard, often in the process, you may also overcome your fears and even share some secrets, long hidden to the world, and perhaps even yourself.
Good writing takes the writer through a transformative process. When you write and it takes you somewhere you didn’t expect to go, or brings a new insight, that, for me, is transformative writing—and a delight for both reader and writer. For years I’ve led my clients and students in my book writing classes in a process where they discover what they do not know consciously but know in a deeper way. I call this the journey to “meet your muse.”