Autumn of change….

 

Autumn circles, originally uploaded by Eric Flexyourhead.

…Change is in the air. As autumn winds begin to blow, you can begin to let go of what was, release what is not relevant and make way for what will be. Autumn is also your time to harvest your creations, to make plans and to create new dreams. Slowly but surely the cycle turns.

Every once in a while, I encounter something which comes at just the right time and puts me back in touch with a deeper truth inside me, helping me “back on my path”. For me, the statement above, came at just this time.

I’d just come out of the doctors, having dealt with an ongoing matter and getting the result I’d hoped for, checked my phone and saw the text message waiting there for me.

As soon as I read it, it hit me profoundly.

It put me in touch with something I’d forgotten, with deeper beliefs which I’ve been frantically questioning lately due to a sudden and unexpected family bereavement.

Sometimes I get so caught up in my mind, and my belief that I can create and make things happen if I focus enough, want it enough and goal set enough. However, there’s a deeper truth. And that is, that underneath all this, there are certain principles, “Laws of Nature” operating regardless of what I’m doing or wanting and they have their own patterns, cycles and destinations.

At times in my life, I become separated from that “truth”. Battling and “fighting up-stream” to get what I want, without the awareness of myself as part of something bigger and not being in-touch with the more subtle, wider truths and vibrations of the “outside world”. Sometimes I think, “It’s just me, by myself and I have to create this or make that happen”. That I’m “all powerful” and at the centre of the Universe! Sometimes I do!

Regardless of whether I believe this at times, the reality is that I am impacted by, operate within and am a part of these “Laws” whether I like it or not. Purely by being on this Earth, psychologically/mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, I’m a part of the greater whole.

I find that when I’m aligned with this knowledge, I’m at ease with my life and I accomplish more things. Best of all, the things I achieve are aligned with a sense of my purpose, so I feel happy and assured that I’m “going in the right direction”.

It’s been a year since I began writing this blog, with my first post also drawing on the theme of autumn.

So much has happened and changed. My granddaughter, now a year old, is beginning to walk and talk. I’ve branched out in my life running a “personal development” themed book club, in person and on-line, and I’ve also noticed a change in myself of being more committed to the things I’m doing in my life and not being “thrown off balance” as much as I used to be.

Reflecting on the quote above, I ask myself, “What am I letting go of?” “What am I creating plans and making room for?” “What am I harvesting?”

I’m letting go of: Struggling with myself and my life and the loneliness of believing I’m creating it all by myself.

I’m creating plans and making room for: A more harmonious way to live my life, one where I live in alignment with the deeper and profound truths that reside within me – that I’m a co-creator and work in conjunction with the bigger and greater “Laws of Nature”.

I’m harvesting: The growth and development of my intuition, so I can utilize it even more when making decisions and taking action regarding my life and behaviour.

What about you?

(c) Prosperity X

Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“There’s nothing wrong with blowing your own trumpet…

Jazz mood, originally uploaded by Mirko Macari.

…after all, blowing someone else’s is unhygienic.” – Shortlist magazine

Being able to “sell myself” to potential employers has been something I’ve struggled with.  Often landing a job without really knowing why – even landing one of my last jobs after having what I consider to be the “worst interview of my life”, and coming away wanting to beat myself up for not performing well and presenting myself really badly…. or so I thought.

Well, let’s put the interview aside.  What about getting invited for an interview in the first place, via the initial application process?  Writing and sending in the CV and/or application form – showing how well you and your skills fit with what they’re looking for.

Well, at this, I had and have various CVs geared towards different fields of work, but over the past few weeks I’ve felt a need to update and improve them.  To go over them, rewording, restructuring parts to make the possibility of employing me more appealing.

So I decided to start off by writing down all the skills, tasks and knowledge I have gained in past 18months in this particular field of work.  It was a lot.  I’ve produces a list of 115 things to date and know there’s more to add.

Doing this, in itself, changed my professional perception of myself from “Someone who does a job” to “A valuable asset to the company”.  So that was great.

My next task was to incorporate some of this into the “Award winning CV” I planned to write.  How did that go?  As of yet, I still haven’t typed it.

What’s stopped me?  Well, when I asked myself that question, the answer was my inability to “Sell myself”, to “Blow my own trumpet” when it comes to my employability.

I felt uncomfortable at the thought of using words such as “exceptional, outstanding, expertise and impressive”.  Partly because in this particular field of work I judged my skills to be average to good and not “exceptional” as employers and companies were looking for and I imagined the nightmare of writing so leading to squirming in an interview where I’d have to prove these, so called, “exceptional” skills and talents.

The other thing was all the past messages I’ve heard warning against blowing your own trumpet, appearing big-headed, no one likes a show off etc.

Now this, for me, is where it becomes really interesting…

As I turned on the computer to begin some kind of self-development exercise to challenge what I labelled as my “mis-thinking about my skills and inaccurate view of my self”, I decided to have a quick look to see the latest job adverts and one caught my eye.

The next thing I knew 3 hours had passed in which I’d restructured, partly rewritten one of my CV’s, composed an in depth cover letter and emailed them both to this prospective employer.  And as for the content, throughout both were words and phrases such as “Excellent…”; “Someone such as myself who has extensive knowledge and experience…; “As my area of expertise….” all traces of the pre-mentioned fears and baggage about blowing my own trumpet or being someone who down-plays their skills went out the window and were no where to be seen.

What this taught me was when I want something enough, the ability to “sell my skills to the max” happens without effort.  It doesn’t have to be forced, encouraged or cajoled, it happens as if it’s second nature.  Because it is second nature.

Blowing ones own trumpet happens naturally when working towards what one really and truly desires.

As for the job application, only time will tell if I succeeded in being offered it and whether they agree that I have what their looking for.  Either way whatever happens, it’s been an eye opener of a lesson for me, which is worthwhile in itself.

So the message is simple.  Blow your own trumpet and blow it loud and clear for the world to hear.  And as for the type of job that had me trumpeting to the hilt, all I can say is, “It’s what I want, what I really, really want” 🙂

(c) Prosperity X


I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want….

Chris Howard - Breakthrough To Success

I’ve been feeling very stuck over the past few weeks, knowing that I wanted to change jobs and develop my career, but unsure of what to do and how to do it.

And then it struck me.

After weeks of constantly thinking about what jobs I should do, talking to friends, utilizing different self-help techniques etc, I saw a picture, embedded in a website which I was looking at for another reason.  The moment I saw this picture, the whole of my mind, body and soul “said”, “Yes.  That’s what I’m meant to be doing”.

From that moment, my mind, having felt cloudy, confused and foggy for days, suddenly felt clear.  Even my body language and breathing changed.  I went from depressed to elated in 0.5 seconds!

This is what happens when you’re connected and in contact with your true desires.

Many years ago, whilst participating in a course, I came across an exercise which encouraged just that.

The instructions were clear.  Take a magazine/newspaper (one that is no longer needed) and take 5 minutes to go through it quickly and cut our any words or pictures that you feel drawn to.  Do it quickly, the quicker the better, giving less time to think about it.

When the 5 minutes are up, arrange the words and pictures on a piece of paper and stick them down.

Over the years, I’ve done this exercise a few times, and what I’ve found, each and every time, is that things been drawn to, weren’t always the things that I thought I wanted or thought I could have.   And I’ve been amazed at how certain things from those collages have transpired and materialized in my life.

This is the time of year when so many people make resolutions to start new things and stop old things.  Lots start off with strong motivation, but after a month or two, even a week or two, the motivation fades and they either go back to doing what they used to do, or stop doing the new thing they’ve begun.

I believe that a lot of this has to do with choosing to do, or give up things that aren’t right for them.  The fact is, if changes are made which at some level you don’t really want and the goal you work towards isn’t YOUR own goal, but someone else’s, you’re destined to either fail or succeed whilst feeling miserable and empty.

The only true success, is when it’s of your own design.

So I invite you, if you wish, to try the above exercise, and see how it works out for you.  Maybe you’ll be surprised to find out what you truly want.

I’d love you to let me know how you get on.

And as for my picture…. there it is, above!

Prosperity x

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 7:30 am  Comments (3)  
Tags: , ,