Prepare to Open Your Heart to New Experiences
What's the point in being serious all the time? —Ringo Starr
Are You Ready for the Ride of Your Life?
In this work you are clearing old, limiting thoughts and overwriting them with more positive, electrified thoughts that will prepare you for your ultimate work experience. But sometimes we can overlook somewhat obvious things in our lives that are working against us instead of for us. Being prepared for what you want is key not only in your thinking but also in your physical reality: your home, your body, your work, your family, and your social community.
What happens when You're not prepared
Racing champion Jeff Gordon teams up with Pepsi MAX to pull a prank on an unsuspecting automotive journalist who had questioned the authenticity of the original "Test Drive." In this hilarious commercial, you'll see what happens when you're not prepared: you miss out on enjoying the ride of your life with a racing legend millions would die to ride with. Enjoy!
Did you catch at the end where Jeff asks Travis if he wanted to go for another ride and Travis said yes? Because that impromptu (and scary-as-all-get-out) stunt drive prepared Travis. Suddenly he was connected with his deep desire to have the ride of his life, and did he ever!
Are you preparing for an average job? Something you dread doing every day? Are you preparing for the same-old work experience? Or, are you preparing for something spectacular? Something that will completely blow your mind and make you feel as though you've been granted the biggest wish you could ever wish?
Luck has little to do with it.
Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca said, "Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity." Although that is one position, another is to acknowledge that there is a greater force behind our lives bringing us together for the purpose of growth and expansion. Luck does favor the prepared, but calling it luck is merely an observation by those who aren't aware of all that you are doing to prepare for your ideal work experience that fulfills and expresses your gifts, talents and desires to serve others and create what you want.
What you are doing now in this Course is helping you prepare for those very opportunities. The chance encounters where you cross paths with a person or situation that puts you closer to realizing your ideal work. The gut feeling that makes you take a day off and go lounge in the park and you get that idea for a new business. Deciding to shop at a new store where you run into an old friend or make a new one who tells you about a new opportunity that you're a perfect fit for. Being prepared acts as a vibrational invitation that you're pulsating outward, letting the Universe know that you are finally ready for that perfect creative self expression of your talents and interests through new, exciting work.
Getting Prepared Play
This Play will help you observe your way of being and your environment and help you notice if you're shouting to the Universe, "I'm not prepared for work that I love!" and make changes so you are prepared. It will help you objectively see what you may be doing unconsciously that is sabotaging your ability to attract your ideal work experience.
- For each topic, first make a list of what you observe. What are the conditions and characteristics of each topic? Try to view each objectively and without prejudice or criticism. Keep it in the context of "How is the Universe perceiving this?" and "What would a professional colleague I admire or a customer of mine think about this? Would they want to be part of this experience or would this make them turn away?"
- After you've thought about and listed items for each topic, brainstorm a new list of things you can do to improve or shift the topic to one that opens the floodgates of the Universe and invites a new, exciting work opportunity into your experience to express all of the talents and skills that you have to offer.
- For the final step, make a list of action items to make the changes based on whichever had the most emotional pull for you. Put those in your planner and do them.
- Your Thinking—This is mostly being handled by the work you are doing in this Course, however, you can still have a big hairy gorilla in your brain saying, "I'm not ready for my ideal work." If so, write about it (it is typically a fear-based thought) and then reframe it with positive, loving thoughts that help you create new beliefs around preparing to receive your ideal work. Turn that gorilla into a kitten. Meow.
- Your Body—Are you taking care of your body? Are you feeding yourself healthy foods that add to your energy and vibrancy? Is your skin glowing and bright from adequate hydration and care? Are you resting and giving your body rejuvenating retreats? Are you striking power poses (from "Where Are You Now" lesson) and feeling like you could take on any challenge? Is your body able to meet the physical demands of the creative work, travel and collaborative meetings you'll be doing in your ideal work experience?
- Your Appearance—We are visual beings. First impressions do matter. So when you are in that ideal work situation, will the people you are serving and/or working with be impressed by how you look or will they form opinions based on your outward appearance? Are you making yourself feel attractive by dressing in professional clothing that aligns with people you work with? What about your grooming habits? (Hopefully we don't need to go into that here...ahem.) Are you putting the time into your appearance that boldly says to the Universe (and to those you want to work with and serve), "I care about how I look and present myself to the world"?
- Your Finances—Nobody wants to take on a new work situation—especially if that new work is starting your own business—and have the burden of financial pressures. Are you doing the things you need to do to be financially stable? Are you putting money away for the future to help ease pressures around retirement? Have you tapped professional resources to confirm that your financial outlook is a healthy one? Are your debts paid off or on their way to being paid? Are you stressed about your finances and worried about your financial future? Are you seeking your new, ideal work to fix that problem for you? Are you in a place of desperation?
- Your Home—Is your home ready to support you in your ideal work? More and more of us are telecommuting or having home based businesses, and this is an important facet of preparing yourself for your ideal work. Is your home in disrepair or neglected? Are things working properly? Are there distractions in your home that don't allow you to work from home? Do you have a dedicated space in your home for you to work, even if you normally work in an office, store or at a separate location from home?
- Your Availability—One of the biggest complaints people have is that they don't have enough time to do the things they want because they are working too much. It can also have an impact if you're unemployed, and don't feel you can spend money to go out or do the things you enjoy doing because of cash flow. This can easily detract from what could be a great work situation. Are you creating enough balance in your life to enjoy non-work activities? Do you hear complaints from your partner, friends or family that you're always too busy to spend time with them or go out socially? Are you using the time you do have to make space for the possibility of experiencing your ideal work?
If you have trouble completing your action items, you may want to ask a fellow Course participant to be an accountability partner. This is someone that you can both agree to hold one another accountable for completing a task, and support each other in your objective. Head over to Facebook and post that you're looking for an accountability partner for this and any of the practices throughout your Course and offer to do the same for others.