I was reading my daily reading by Iyanla Vanzant in Until Today!, and I was impressed with just how accurately she described where I’m at today. She says, “Life will work for me when I realize . . . I cannot fail in life! You may break an arm, a leg, or a foot. You may lose sight. You may become hard of hearing. You may lose touch. It’s okay! You are building stamina. Spirit is always trying to see just how much you will take and how much you can do, under as many circumstances as possible. Spirit knows that you cannot fail, and it will try every way possible to convince you of the same thing. Get convinced! You simply cannot fail! You may get lost. You may lose some things. You may have some things you really think you really need taken away from you at a time you believe you cannot do without them. Regardless of what happens, when it happens or how it happens, remember that the one thing you cannot do, under any circumstances is fail! The moment you realize this, and stop trying to get an A from life, you will quickly move to the head of the class. . . . Remind yourself that you cannot fail! Remind yourself that you don’t need an A. Allow yourself to move through every experience and situation with grace and ease, supported by the Spirit of life, which knows that your success is assured.”
So I had to ask myself the question . . . What would I do with my life if I knew I couldn’t fail? Would the intentions of my 100 Day Challenge change if I knew I couldn’t fail? Would I dream a lot bigger dreams if I knew I couldn’t fail? I think the answers are all quite obvious to all of us. If we really truly believed we couldn’t fail, we would all do so much more with our lives. I know I sure would. This was the perfect material for me to read today leading into this Challenge.
I would like to take a minute and unwrap this: How will my life look after the next 100 days knowing I cannot fail? Time for a little visualization! (Drum roll please)
Day 100 Blog: April 24th, 2009
This is it! I made it! My very first intention of finishing the challenge was a success! There were plenty of times I wanted to just pack it in and say screw it. There were several times when life got crazy and I simply forgot. And then there we several obvious attempts by my friends Resistance and Distraction to veer me off course. But the good news is—I FINISHED!!!!!! The biggest thing I learned from this one simple intention is that it overflowed into other areas of my life. Finishing what I start has always been a struggle for me so finishing this one intention has helped tremendously. I can see other areas of my life that have improved just from knowing I’m going to start what I finish.
My second intention to release some weight was also a success! I’m proud to say that I have released 25 pounds and I’m eager to let go of some more. I have consistently viewed food as a fuel for my body and that has really paid off. Growing up on a Michigan farm, we had gas and diesel delivered right to the farm. We had underground bulk tanks buried with those old-fashioned fuel pumps to fill up our vehicles. I remember when I was younger and my mom accidently put diesel fuel in our station wagon that ran on gasoline. Needless to say, the car only made it a few miles before it spit and sputtered and then died. I should have learned the lesson then that you can’t put the wrong fuel in something and expect it to run right. If my body is more advanced than an old Buick station wagon it makes sense that it needs the right fuel in order to function properly. I am so thankful I have learned this over the last 100 days. Releasing 25 pounds has been a huge boost for my confidence and has only made me more committed to get in even better shape! I have really noticed the more I work out the more energy I have too.
My third intention to write at least 30 minutes every day has been amazing! There were some tough days and then there were some days when I couldn’t write fast enough. By about day 20 or so something happened to me—I started to hit my stride. You know how they say long-distance runners take the first few miles to set their pace and then they work into a pretty comfortable stride? Well that’s what I did with my writing. It took me a few weeks to work the kinks out of my schedule and really nail down some consistent times for writing but once I did the Muse showed up on a regular basis. It reminds me of the Steven Pressfield quote I have sitting on my desk: “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying. Why is this so important? Because when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us.” That’s exactly what seemed to happen! It’s as if this unseen power concentrated around me and my creation started to take shape. The book is coming along very nicely! I hesitate to share too much of it with you now so as not to upset the Muse but I can say that the finished product is right around the corner!! I have also sent a few articles out to magazines and I’m eagerly awaiting a response from them. I am so blessed!
My 4th intention of seizing every coachable moment that life brings my way has been very rewarding for me. There have been several opportunities to help people around me that I would have missed had I not been paying attention. I have loved watching my transformation into a successful and highly-sought life coach. I’m not sure who’s blessed more when I get the chance to watch someone have that huge Ah Hah moment and shift their life direction towards True North.
My 5th intention to spend at least 10 minutes every day brainstorming and meditating has simply been incorporated into my day. I found Lilou’s meditation video to be extremely helpful and most my time spent behind the wheel would be my brainstorming time.
My 6th intention of being continually grateful for all life has given me is like second nature to me now. I can’t imagine not being grateful for this amazing life. It reminds me of the Keith Urban song Who Wouldn’t Want to be Me?
My 7th intention has really been a daily thing for me. Every day I have to realize I’m living in the mysteries of the universe and that I don’t have it all figured out—and nobody else does either! Every day I would wake up and tell myself this day is the only one I have and to make the most of it. I let go of the need to figure out all the religious answers that I was seeking and instead allowed people their own viewpoints—even if their viewpoint was nothing more than average cultural group-think. So be it. I have accepted that this journey of faith is lived out more effectively in private than in public. I have grown to cherish my private time and have learned to trust my instincts. Instead of spending so much time questioning myself I have learned that 99% of the time my initial gut instinct was the right one for me in the first place. Life is so mysterious, and yet, it is so easy and practical when I stay true to myself.
My 8th intention to be amazed at all of the abundance that comes into my life has simply been breathtaking! I have been blessed with an overabundance of time, money, love, freedom, relationships, ideas, and moments! As Dan Millman says, “We do not remember days; we remember moments. Life is a series of moments. And no matter what our opinions or beliefs, it remains a universal truth that the quality of each moment determines the quality of our lives.” The moments that I witnessed these last 100 days have been so rich and joyful and full of abundance. I’m truly thankful to be who I am in this moment, in this time in history, with this woman, with these children, in this house, with this job, and with these friends!! Life is GOOD!!
I have really enjoyed sharing this journey with you all and I’m looking forward to everything else the universe has in store for us all.
Well, that was fun!!!! I can’t wait to write it for real on April 24th! I’m excited to see what is the same, what is less, and what is more!!!!