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Perspectives on Power – 87 – Compounding Effect

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

I love this quote because it is the fuel that starts the fire in today’s perspective on power – the compounding effect of our actions and our way of being.  You see, sharing a bottle of wine with your loved one every night may only see you gain 14 lbs in 10 years, which may not seem like a big deal for the first 3-5 years, but by year 10 when you’re feeling sluggish and buying a different size than you used to, you sure notice the difference.  The same is true in the positive direction, which is why this quote is such a motivator.  If you start saving $1 a day now, you may wonder what the heck is $365 gonna get me in a year from now?  But really, it is the habit of saving, the compound effect of the vibrations you are sending out to the universe – I am a saver, I am growing my wealth, I am in action around abundance, I am abundance.  Whatever vibration you’d like to be giving.

My point is that our daily choices are adding up and we may not be aware of the consequences today because they are minimal in nature, but you can be damn sure that there are compounding effects.  If you are a smoker and you want to quit, but today you feel relatively fit and ok, go volunteer with someone who has smoked for 50 years and ask them what their daily life is like.  Or find someone who has achieved any level of mastery in the areas of life you are passionate about and ask them what their habits are – because those are the ingredients of their life that have  compounded them to where they are now.

Then take that list of habits, or ways of BEing and ask yourself “What am I ready to start doing to add to my daily account that I know will compound me to somewhere fantastically awesome?”  At the same time, feel free to ask yourself if there is one (or more) things you’d like to remove from you life too!  And remember, it’s all just a game, this life thing.  There is no right or wrong, win or lose – not really.  If all we ever really have is the present moment, then is the choice you are making in this moment one that makes you feel good or not?!

So when you’re picturing yourself as a world-class potter on your vision board since you were 12 years old and you find yourself now at 46 and it has been 25 years since you’ve set foot in a pottery studio then do yourself a favour – either sign up for a class and step foot back inside one, or find a new dream to chase and be ok with letting the potter one go for now.  Just for now.  You can pick it up again in 5 years time if you want.

Just know you are making your choices in the full awareness that it takes more than 10,000 hours to master a skill, so if you really find yourself with a burning desire to master something, use the power of the compounding effect in your life and find a way to bring it into your routine and feel powerful in the practicing of it, knowing that it is compounding for you indeed.

Compounding abundance and master in play be yours for the choosing,

Pamela

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Perspectives on Power -96- Silence

Silence is golden.
Silent treatment.
Silent meditation.
Silent prayer.
The calm after the storm.
Waking up to nature in the country.
What you hear when everyone is busy enjoying a great meal!

Sometimes the sweetest moments – the impactful, lasting memorable times of your life, did not involve words being spoken.

There is great power in silence. Go into it in love, peace, & joy and you will come out of it with those in abundance…

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100 Perspectives on Power

In honour of spring in the year of the horse, I am super excited to blog for 100 days straight on various perspectives on power.  Since “Empowerment” is a central theme in my life, I am excited to delve deep into what power is, what it isn’t, and what it means to be empowered.  And I call it perspectives, because that is all it is – a glimpse on any given day, at any given moment in time, through one person’s eyes (mine own), filtered through their own experiences (in this case mine!) and beliefs that shape how they see and perceive the world (which are constantly evolving in and of themselves – at least for me).

There are many reasons why I am so excited to take this journey and share it with you here.  One of the main ones is that I have been studying Abraham-Hicks material for a long time now, but quite seriously for the last year and a bit, and one of the key phrases they share is “Get in the Vortex and then take inspired action…”.  After a while in the world now, I can safely say that I’ve seen negative motivation towards action, positive motivation towards action, and plain old natural instinct towards action in my own behaviours and in the actions of others.  Through this 100 Perspectives on Power, I intend to write from a place of inspired instinct.

What I am most excited about is combining my learning to date in a way that:

a) allows me to maintain integrity and post every single day for 100 days no matter what

b) provides me with the opportunity to ‘get in the vortex’ and then

(uh oh, no more excuses of well I know I’m not in my happy place, so I guess there is no point in doing X…)

c) BE the person I declare myself to be – an author, a blogger, a transformational speaker and event planner, and a general stand-up gal empowering others to fire up their dreams and live with passion

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me.  Your presence here in this moment means more to me then you may ever know.  May you feel the love and light I am sending your way right now.

Blessings,

Pamela 🙂

Spring!


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The Hour of Power – Starting Your Day Your Way

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How do you start your day?!  Does it give you the results your heart seeks?!

Are you willing to give yourself an amazing morning routine that holds the potential to take your life to the next level of your dreams?!  Are you imagining the best you can already imagine?!  Are you dreaming of a life that holds more abundance, more creativity or more of anything?  Or less of anything?

There are lots of distractions in today’s world and yet there is a quiet magic in the wee morning hours before these distractions kick in….maybe the article or mp3 links below will lead you to discover that magic.  If you do, please link back here and share so that we can all build momentum together!

Blessings,

Pamela

Article:

What Successful People Do Their First Hour of Their Work Day

MP3:

Tony Robbins Hour of Power


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Feel the Fear…

Lululemon has it on their bags – Do one thing a day that scares you!  We’ve all heard the saying, “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways” (I think there’s a book titled that too!).  Many an inspirational story has been written about people who conquered their fears and in doing so discovered their greatest passions in life.  But are we really in touch with our fear?  I mean the obvious fears are easy to be aware of – fear of dying or seriously injuring yourself, fear of humiliation, fear of failure, fear of change, fear of not being accepted, fear of being alone.  Lately I’ve been pondering all the smaller ways in which I feel fear, that may have other disguises like ‘anxiety’, or ‘stress’, or just plain old ‘excuses’.

Yup that’s right!  When you make an excuse for not doing something that life has delivered an open invitation for you to experience, I believe there is a hidden fear behind those excuses.  Excuses like “I’d eat healthier if it weren’t so expensive and didn’t take so much more time to prepare.”  “I don’t have the time to exercise.”  “There’s never enough time to clean my house and have a life!”  I’ve come to this realization because I’ve made excellent use of those excuses and others for a long time myself!!

Here’s the thing though.  Life is a choice.  And we have the power to choose.  In each and every moment.  And more and more I see these little fears I’ve discovered as a huge gift, leading me to understand better the ways in which I can choose to liberate myself!  How can we embrace change if we cannot also embrace fear?!

3 Steps to embracing fear:

1.  Face it.  Accept it.  Name it.  Laugh with it.  Last night I went to my first ever kickboxing class and I was full of a tonne of excuses and fears all day, but I made it, and some of my fears were coming true during the class (yes, I looked like an uncoordinated newbie in the class for sure!) and instead of feeling humiliated, I chose to laugh out loud.  That’s right – there’s Pamela in a class of very serious people trying to look tough, laughing at the fact that she doesn’t seem to be able to remember her left from her right!  hehehe  

Earlier in the day I had also expressed my fear in writing, and then read what I wrote later on to ponder it as an observer.  And I thanked myself for being so honest, and then asked myself, what’s the worst thing that can happen if those fears come true?  And you know what?  It wasn’t anything that I couldn’t think of a remedy for.  But in having to answer the question, I realized ‘the worst case’ wasn’t doom and gloom anyways.  This is the point where you know if your fear is really protecting you (say for instance if you’re afraid to walk back to your hotel in a strange city you’ve never been to before at 3am, perhaps the worst case scenario there is worth looking at?!).

2.  Build the habit of embracing fear.  The more we are thankful for becoming aware of our fears and excuses in the moment, the more they will become known to us.  And the more we become aware of these fears and excuses and practice step one by examining the worst case scenario and then making a choice whether to take the action or not, we are empowering ourselves to act from a liberated place of true inner knowing, and not from a place where unknown fears are keeping us safe and comfortable on the couch.

  • Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.  ~Lauren Raffo

3.  Tackle the big ones as a practice.  If you find a pattern in your excuses, such as you avoid social situations because you’re afraid of not fitting in, then set aside some time when you’re not faced with having to make a decision to attend a function or not, and delve into what that fear is really about for you.  Does it protect you somehow?  Does it serve a purpose in your life?  When do you first remember that feeling of ‘not fitting in’?  How has that pattern weaved throughout your life?  How would it feel to fit in?  What does that look like going forward in your life?  What types of things do you do naturally when you are confident that your place in the world is unshakable?  Are you ready to make that choice now?  If it’s a phobia you just can’t come to terms with through journalling or meditation, perhaps it’s worth seeing a professional to delve into?  Many people with a fear of flying now enjoy international vacations whenever they choose!  Many people with a fear of heights, have now done over 100 skydiving trips!

Three simple steps – not necessarily easy, but simple!  And just remember, fear is not a bad thing, nor is listening to it, as long as you are aware that is the choice you are making in the moment and that when you’re ready to choose something else, you know you can!

“Courage is not the absence of fear but the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. For now you are traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be.”  Meg Cabot

One thing I can tell you from my own journey of discovering my fears is that I have found more joy, freedom and adventure from feeling the fear and doing the thing I feared anyways, then I have from listening to the excuses and not questioning the beliefs and fears behind them.

Empower yourself with choice today.  What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but were afraid to do it?!  Make it happen.  You won’t regret it!

Blessings,

Pamela


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Perception…

What if I see myself as overweight, but others find me attractive?

What if I see myself as under-experienced but others find me a valuable professional asset?

What if I see myself as kind and caring and others see me as selfish and rude?

What if the way I perceive my situation right now is not really how the situation is, or how it is perceived by others?

I’m not talking about living your life according to the ‘good opinion’ of others as Wayne Dyer has talked about.  No, rather, I’m suggesting that we often get so caught up in our stories that we tell ourselves about our lives and who we are, and what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it with, that we sometimes lose the perspective that it isn’t necessarily reality.  Or at the very least that others have a different take on reality than we do.

In the quiet moments where you catch your inner-dialogue going off about how your partner doesn’t love you b/c they said or did this, ask yourself if there could be a different way of perceiving this situation.  Maybe it’s b/c they love you so much and are afraid of being too vulnerable themselves that they lashed out like that.  And maybe your reaction to them would be different if you carried the perspective that they loved you so much it scares them, rather than they mustn’t love you b/c they acted that way.

I find that many things in life are easily diffused if one is able to seek a different perspective or understanding.  And sometimes just holding space knowing that a difference one exists, even though you may not be able to see it or understand it right now is enough to provide peace in the moment.

And this works in both polarities.  You could have this perception that you’re on top of your game at work and then something happens to shatter that reality and suddenly you feel as though your skills are lacking and you simply must do something to make up for it and to get back that feeling that you’re on top of your game!  Don’t be fooled into thinking that feeling good is the goal.  Being at peace with what is, whether it be feeling good or feeling bad, is a powerful state to be in.  And my experience in life has taught me that both feeling good and feeling not so hot will weave in and out of my path often, and in a seemingly random fashion, however, the one constant is that I can be ok with it if I choose to perceive it in a way that brings me peace even if the situation doesn’t change.

Sat nam,

Pamela


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Pepsi Refresh Challenge

Wow what an amazing contest this is!  If you have time to stop by and vote  (once a day until October 31st if you’re super keen) I’m promoting this project specifically (b/c my cousin is somewhat involved) but to be honest with you there seem to be a lot of honourable projects on the go and I think you can still submit your own idea if you have one!

Vote here: http://pep.si/aAegCf

More info on SIFE:

St. Lawrence College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group has taken it upon themselves  to help our local food bank in a big way. “We hope to create a movement” says Spencer Dossett, President of SIFE St.Lawrence College.

SIFE SLC has a track record of helping the Food Bank, just this past year they helped  facilitate the acquisition and installment of a commercial walk in freezer for the Partners in Mission Food Bank in Kingston.

Every year our local Food Bank helps the 6,000 individuals in our community who have  fallen on hard times. Some are single parents. Others are the working poor. Too many are children. The problem is growing, while the need has increased by 26% the number  of donations has decreased by 16%.

When the student group heard about the chance to win a $100,000 grant for the Food Bank through the Pepsi Refresh Project, SIFE St. Lawrence College got to work right  away.

Pepsi put out a call to groups working on behalf of a charitable cause to submit short videos explaining their goals for the grant money. The cause which garners the most  votes over the two month voting period (which start September 1st) will be given the money, enabling them to take their ideas and put them into motion.
 
The SIFE team has a very comprehensive plan for the funds which will address both the present needs of the Food Bank and its needs into the future. This includes creating a  steady stream of income by investing in a 10KW solar panel system and participating in the Provincial FITT ( Feed-In Tariff) program. As well as purchasing a 5 ton truck to  replace the van which is currently in use. The truck will help to increase the Food Bank’s efficiency and allow them to handle a consistently higher volume of donations then at  present.

Wondering how you can help or get more information? Visit the initiatives website at http://www.iclickueat.com/