Own your OM
12 Steps to taking control of your life and your inner peace:
1.) You don’t have to ‘Join the Club’. You don’t have to accept the perceptions, labels and established ways of doing things, as your own.
2.) Question ‘Why?’ (& ‘Why not?’) Why does it have to be done that way? Why was it done that way in the first place? Why can’t you try doing it this way, instead? Why not try…? What haven’t we…? What would be the worst thing that could happen if…?
3.) Identify the challenge or issue and, if possible, your ideal end result. What is the issue at hand? Identify the challenge. What is your goal? What is the outcome you hope to obtain or reach? What is it you hope to accomplish?
4.) Believe and trust in yourself. Get quiet so you can connect with your internal action plan. You already have all the answers you will ever need within you.
5.) Get creative. Brain-storm ideas for ways to approach the challenge, differently. Discover and identify alternative ways, look for fresh opportunities. This is your chance to explore what I call the ‘Three C’s; Create, Concoct and Conceive’.
6.) Set your intention. Think about what you want and write it down, to imprint it upon your brain. By setting an intention, you are getting clear about what it is you want or are hoping to experience. You are sending out a vibration of receiving your expectation.
7.) Visualize. See your end-result taking place, in your mind’s eye. Feel how excited you are, nearly bursting with energy, telling your family and friends about your most recent accomplishment.
8.) Move forward with your ‘best’ idea. Notice I said, ‘best idea’, not ‘perfect idea’? There is no such thing as perfect. So choose your best idea and move forward with it.
9.) Adapt or die. If you falter, pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Reassess the situation and get moving, again. Placing blame is counter-productive and self-flagellation is self-serving. Be persistent. Don’t give up or take ‘no’ for an answer.
10.) Ignore naysayers and the opinions of others. Turn a deaf-ear and stay true to your convictions. It’s all about you blazing your own trail, now isn’t it?
11.) Give thanks and show your gratitude. The end result may or may not turn out as you had hoped. That’s okay, because everything happens for a reason. (The Rolling Stones had it right when they sang, ‘You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, well you just might find you get what you need.’)
And remember to give thanks to you, for being brave enough to challenge the status quo and to take action to move things forward.