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7 Tips to Survive the Call To Change

I’ve been feeling very restless lately. Downright uncomfortable really. It’s like there’s a knot in my stomach, and a kind of dread that something is coming. Storm brewing

Being busy these last few weeks has helped me ignore this feeling, for the most part. But today it pretty much took control. My teeth actually hurt.

I think it’s a call to change.

Phone ringing

I need to make some changes in my life. And change is not always easy.

“How do you know that it’s a call to change?” you might be asking.

Easy. The restless feeling. And the feeling of not being satisfied. Wanting something more – and I’m not talking about physical things. Also, I was reading an old Feng Shui article by Vicky White called 7 Tips for Navigating Stormy Waters and she described exactly what I’m feeling.

In Feng Shui speak, it’s known as a call to journey, which often comes at a turning point in your life. You’re restless for change and movement, the pull of your higher self wanting more and nudging you to take the next step. The call to journey is like being given notice that change is a’comin!

Here are some of the signs:

  • Discomfort in familiar environments (whether they’re physical or not)
  • Dissatisfaction with people and things
  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Driving desire to discover your purpose
  • Feeling something is missing
  • Needing time alone or more contact with nature
  • Boredom with things that used to give you pleasure
  • Unexplainable illness
  • Driving desire to declutter
  • Feeling like your life has changed somehow and you can’t go back to how it used to be

All these are signals that change, expansion and growth are on the way. But more importantly, you have prompted it to happen by asking for it, somewhere or somehow.

Me? I have no idea what the change is going to be exactly, and I sure don’t remember asking for it. But I do know I’m going to need some serious help to get me through feeling completely disconnected and discombobulated! If you have seen any of the above signs lately, you are going to need help, too.

So, here are some survival skills to help navigate the stormy waters of change:

1. DON’T try to ignore the message. Resisting is futile. Instead, be curious about the change that is being called forth in you. That is the only way to reconnect with yourself. You are being called on to become realigned with your true self.

2. Accept that it’s a good thing to feel restless and uncomfortable. Be aware that you are feeling this way because something bigger is on the way.

3. Trust this place on your journey. Be open to the possibility that you are out of alignment. If you are doing things or acting in ways that are not congruent with who you really are, then you have become out of alignment. This happens because we are constantly changing and expanding as conscious beings, and it takes time for our actions to catch up with these changes.

4. Shift the energy in your environment. The energy in your home or office can keep you in a holding pattern. You have to make room for change, and one of the basic principles of Feng Shui is that to make changes you need to move things around. So move things around!

5. Give yourself lots of space. Space to be, to think, to read or nap or just watch the world go by. Write in a journal if that’s what you like to do. But be on the lookout for signals, signs or messages. They will appear when you stop resisting your discomfort.

6. Ask for feedback. A trusted friend or coach will tell you how they see you right now, how you appear to them. But you have to allow them to be honest, and be prepared not to like what you hear. Sometimes it takes an outside observer to give us the kick in the butt we need to line up our behaviors with how we want to be.

7. Declutter. This is another basic principle of Feng Shui. By letting go of things that no longer support your intentions or inspire you, you make room for the winds of fortune to blow in and around your life. Clutter bogs you down and makes you feel frustrated, lethargic and hopeless. Decluttering will make space for clarity and lightness.

I am starting to feel better already! I actually cleared out one of the drawers in my bedroom recently, so that’s a start. And the knot in my stomach seems more bearable now that I know what it is: I’ve heard the call to journey. I’m open to expansion and change. My higher self knows more about it than I do, so I might as well listen to her.

sunny day

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6 Tips to Overcome the Monster in the Closet: Procrastination

the monster in the closet I’ve been thinking about fighting procrastination lately. It’s one of the monsters I battle almost every day. Give me a distraction and I will embrace it like a lover. I can’t help it. Even if I actually want to do a particular project, nine times out of ten I will still procrastinate. It’s in my nature.

At the moment, I’m procrastinating about the novel I’m working on. I started out strong … the first three chapters practically wrote themselves. Nevertheless, every time I sit down at my computer, the monster comes out of the closet and sits beside me, whispering in my ear

What’s happening on Facebook (or Twitter)? or

I wonder what new properties have come on the market downtown (or in the south of France)? or

Whose turn is it in Words With Friends?

It is getting ridiculous!

So, I rifled through some old Feng Shui articles looking for advice, and I came away with some great tips to help deal with procrastination. If you’re reading this, you may very well be procrastinating yourself. If you are, think about what it is you are procrastinating about and how you can relate it to the following:

  1. First, determine if the thing you are procrastinating about is important to YOU. If it’s not, why even bother with it?
  2. Rethink your purpose. Are you thinking that you “have to” do it?  Just thinking that you “have to” do something puts a heavy energy on it. No one wants to do something they’re being told they have to do. You need to either find a way for it to be something you choose to do, or you can simply choose not to do it. Always remember that you are free to make the choice…..even if there will be consequences to face later.
  3. Don’t be a perfectionist. As a writer, that is my biggest energy drain. I want what I put down to be perfect from the start. So I don’t even start. Just do it! Once you begin, the energy will flow and you will have something to work with, even if it needs a lot of tweaking (or in my case, editing).
  4. Break large projects down into smaller tasks. For me, I know I can’t knock out the book in one sitting. I have to concentrate on chapters, or even parts of chapters. If you need to, say, get your taxes done (the “project”), start by collecting all your credit card receipts (a “task”). Allocate 30 minutes to the task. Then make a list of all the tasks associated with the project, and schedule 30 minutes a day to work on each of them. Suddenly, what once seemed daunting will now seem doable.
  5. Plan some fun time. Work it into your schedule so you don’t feel deprived. Whether it’s time alone, time with your friends or family, time to play games or surf the net – just make sure you make time for it. Then once you’ve done that, get to the 30-minute task that is associated with your project. When the 30 minutes is up, reward yourself by doing something you want to do (like seeing what’s popular on Pinterest).
  6. Stay motivated. If you need to, tell someone what you plan to do. That way, you become accountable, and you will be more likely to do it. Believe me, you don’t want to have to tell someone you spent the last half hour watching cute videos of  sleeping puppies instead of working on that outline.

Remember: procrastination can be overcome. People often procrastinate because they have started to think of what they need to do as something unpleasant. The negative energy associated with a project makes it harder and harder to accomplish. By rethinking your purpose – that is, thinking of your project as being something positive – and following the other tips above, you will be able to generate the good energy you need to get things done.

And 30 minutes? Totally doable! Anyone can do something for 30 minutes.

Now, where did that sneaky muse disappear to?

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