So, truth be told. I am slightly obsessed with all things Spring. It is such am amazing time of the year. For me, it is a powerful reminder that everything can feel fresh again and that new beginnings always come around.
But, here it is the beginning of May and I am still waiting for Spring. Our grass is definitely green, the trees have buds, and some are already flowering, the birds are happy and active and early flowers have been poking out of the soil. But the Chicagoland weather has not felt like Spring. And my zest for “all things new” has been dragging a bit. It’s been a struggle to get “old” stuff done. I haven’t even spent any time working on what “new” things I want to create or accomplish. Something is off.
I *think* I am ready for growth, expansion, and elevation.
I *think* I am ready for my next big leap.
I *think* I am ready for manifesting all the awesome stuff I had been daydreaming about a few months ago.
But, thinking is about as far as I have made it.
Then it dawned on me. I need to do a little bit of work before my next launch can happen. There are some extra steps I need to move through before my new fresh start can begin to unfold.
If you are hoping to start fresh and manifest (or create) change, opportunities, or possibilities into your life I have some extra tips for you:
1. Release all your judgements towards yourself and others. Release any regrets. Release any criticisms.
How do these show up for you? Doubt, shame, guilt, embarrassment, pain, any obstacles, any “what if’s”, fear, personal criticisms, grief, hesitation, jealousy, resistance, complacency, remorse, bitterness, resentment, self-doubt, impatience.
All those worries about what you didn’t get to, didn’t accomplish or achieve—let them go.
For whatever reason it was not the right time or wasn’t the right intention for you. I hear ya, this one is sooo hard to trust that I am where I am meant to be. But don’t worry, you are not settling for less or destined to be stuck in blah mode. You are just releasing anything that could be holding you back from your next launch. And remember, only good stuff comes from your personal growth journey. Even the rocky bits help point you in direction that you need to be headed in for change to happen.
Time to let go of the “beating yourself up” emotionally and mentally.
If you feel like it’s hard to begin something new (or even just hard thinking about something new) there may be some old heavier thoughts and emotions that need to be released.
(This is a big one and you may need support with fully recognizing and releasing the negative stuff. Read a bit about the Fear of Change for more info)
Journal, meditate, pray to release any of those negative thoughts and emotions. I love doing a loving kindness meditation or Ho’oponopono Prayer (repeating four phrases; “I am sorry”, “Please forgive me”, “Thank you” and “I love you”. So simple and yet so powerful) for releasing judgements, regrets, criticisms.
- I am ready to lay down all the heaviness that has weighed me down.
- I can release my past choices and actions that were not fully aligned with my highest self.
- I am ready to move past my missteps and will find solid ground for my next steps.
- I let go of all self-judgement and self-sabotage.
(Why use affirmations? See my blog on the Power of Affirmations for more info)
2. Take some time to see your potential. Allow yourself to truly see who you are and what is your potential.
When all the dust has settled on releasing the self-judgments, regrets and criticism, take a step back. Look at yourself and your journey with an objective observer’s eye. What is really there? Not just your follies and missteps but the other stuff too. The good stuff. Your potential. Even if it’s a little uncomfortable, take a moment to really see who you are at your core, at soul level. How wonderful and divine you are and how worthy you are of starting fresh.
Journal, meditate, pray to release any of those negative thoughts and emotions. Again, I love doing a loving kindness meditation. I also find it’s helpful to get back into a practice of gratitude, but this time focusing on all my strengths, skills and talents. Or writing a “love” letter to my higher self, to my journey, or to the Universe.
- I am worthy of all the compassion and kindness life offers me.
- I am transforming into the person I know I am already at my core.
- Each day my confidence and vision grows. Each day I grow stronger.
- I send the energy and courage, healing and growth to light my path forward.
Now we are getting to the tried and true steps for starting fresh…
3. Set your intention and declare to yourself and another loving ear what you are dreaming of or desiring. And then release it to the Universe.
Sometimes expansion and growth doesn’t show up in the way we had originally dreamed about it, right? So, again, the last thing for whatever reason was not ready to manifest or come to light. Release that old image. Re-calibrate and renew your vision for your fresh intention. Call in a new understanding of what you now are dreaming of or desiring.
Visualize, journal, and meditate on your new dreams. Practice mental rehearsal or visualization, imagining as much details as you can to envision your new intention, the dream, the desire. Visualize it from onset to completion. I also use a Vision Board for this piece as well. Anchor in the visualization with the emotions, really feel into those emotions and note where and what you feel. How does the dream make you feel? Give it a name- freedom, expansion, wisdom, elevation, etc.
WRITE IT DOWN. Seriously, there is power in taking a concept or thought and putting it down on paper. It makes the message concrete. You subconscious mind takes note, ohhh, she is serious about this.
Say it out loud. Listen to the sound of your voice, notice the change in your body posture and any warmth or tingly pops up.
Share it with a trusted friend or family member. Not only can it be a good mechanism for accountability, but also you now have a cheerleader for you to achieve, reach, manifest that dream or desire.
Don’t let it go stale. Keep seeking clarity on what that dream or desire will look like, how it will feel, what it means to you, etc. Did deeper with asking yourself, “why do I want this, at this time?”. Visualize or use mental rehearsal to increase the ease of flow for dreaming it to experiencing it in the present.
- I share my dream with myself first and then I release it to the world.
- I can go with the flow of life, riding the waves of this experience until I reach my perfect shore.
- I am have vision and clarity for my dream and I am ready to create my perfect outcome.
- Possibilities are limitless. I am open to the pure potentiality of what I intend to manifest.
4. Move into the action process of change. Ask yourself, what is one step I can take towards my goal today?
As much as I love the phrase, “Set it and forget it”…life doesn’t always evolve in that way. We do need to do a little work. Now is time for inspired action. Plan some action steps and be open to following signs and synchronicities for some other action steps.
A daily step or a daily reminder also keeps the vision fresh and excitement burning.
However, listen to your body’s wisdom. Be gentle with yourself on the days when life’s pace is too much for even “one step”. Don’t sacrifice your self-care or skimp on healthy stress management to keep pushing towards your goal. Also, remember that change isn’t always linear. Sometimes we move forward, move a bit back and sometimes appear to be still at various parts of change.
- I take one step at a time to begin to achieve my dreams.
- I am patient and trusting that my journey will unfold exactly how it needs to.
- My dream is the center of my target, each day the target becomes more and more clear.
- I take committed action towards the change I desire.
5. Reflect, celebrate, re-calibrate, and re-commit to moving forward. Schedule these items in a pre-determine time frame (weekly, monthly, quarterly). Remember in step 4 we said no to “set it and forget it”? Don’t bury your head in the sand. Track your progress. Make time to reflect on how it is going. Review your goals and steps taken and steps proposed. Make time to celebrate all the small wins along the way. Re-calibrate when you seem to get off course or need to re-tool your vision. Re-commit to moving forward after each revision. Mark it on your calendar so you don’t “forget”. 🙂
- I will stay flexible on my path.
- I follow my bliss. I experience my bliss. I become my bliss.
- I have the courage to dream, I have the courage to dream, I have the courage to succeed.
- I am capable of creating the life I desire and am committed to fully following my path.
Keep on keeping on!
Wishing you the best in your fresh start!!
P.S. if you are needing more support or are looking for a program to get you on track for creating new change in your life; check out Jump Starting Change. It’s my program that combines coaching and a self-paced course to get you ready for manifesting change into your life!
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