A little over a year ago, the bottom dropped out of my business. Many of my biggest contracts came to an end, and it seemed nothing I tried was getting anywhere. The programs I designed weren’t filling, or would run into major snags just as they were about to get off the ground. I had no desire to go out and drum up more business – couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do at all. It seemed none of the things that used to fill me up were working anymore. None of my old strategies had any teeth or traction. I was lost and discouraged.
The book I had published earlier in the year wasn’t selling the way I wanted it to, which made sense given that I had done very little if any promotion. It just didn’t feel right. Nothing really felt right. I spent months worrying about what was happening to me, trying to find a foothold, and making myself crazy with a huge list of “shoulds” that I couldn’t get myself to do. I beat myself up pretty bad. And then I decided the heck with it. I would accept whatever it was that was happening and just go with it.
One thing I began to enjoy was working with video. After helping my long time coach and friend Vickie Champion with a video for one of her blogs, she turned the camera on me and pushed the record button before I even knew what I was going to say. And it was fun – even though it wasn’t quite comfortable with (or very good at) it yet. We filmed a lot of little video vignettes for my blog and then one day decided to work on something a little more substantive. We had no idea what was about to unfold.
It started out as a video complement to my book, The Pinocchio Principle: Becoming the Leader You Were Born to Be. But it evolved into something neither one of us saw coming. I was tapping creative reserves I didn’t even know I had. And I was venturing out of my comfort zone – way out. I threw mainstream to the wind and got a little goofy.
Pinocchio became Pistachio, and I went into character as Jiminea Cricketesia, Voice of Intuition. I dawned a black felt hat, clown vest and a crazy white shirt with ridiculously flared sleeves. The story we were telling was my own. And it is the story of so many people I have worked with and continue to work with over the years who have hit a wall trying to play a game that cannot be won – chasing after versions of so called “success” that left them feeling empty and wanting more out of life. It is a story of the journey that ends the futile search and shines the way to true happiness and lasting fulfillment.
Today, I am thrilled to have the chance to share this series, On the Road to Real: The Adventures of Pistachio with you. For years I have wanted to provide something that would allow people to get in touch with their own intuition and find their answers in an affordable, impactful way that doesn’t require a huge time commitment. And that is exactly what this series is – in fact, we are so passionate about helping as many people as possible that we’ve decided to allow people to set their own price for it.
So, if anything I wrote about resonated with you – if you feel like you are running in circles, disenchanted with your work or personal life, or on the verge of a profound transformation that has left you wondering what’s next, I invite you to check this video series out at OnTheRoadtoReal.com/Adventures-of-Pistachio/. Let me know what you think. And if you know of anyone who might benefit, spread the word.
“Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.” ~ Jonas Salk
I have been marveling a lot lately over the power of the internet. I feel so old when I explain to my kids that when I was in school, doing a research paper meant spending hours in a library pouring over books and periodicals to get the required information. Now, all they need to complete their papers and projects is a computer that has internet access. The idea that you can tap into a vast reservoir of data, selectively identify what you want to read about, and have it delivered to your screen in a matter of seconds is truly amazing. And now, it’s so commonplace that most of us no longer really think all that much about it – we just expect it.
And then I began to realize that this process of connecting to something bigger is not unlike what we do when we move from using logical, analytical thought to a more intuitive knowing – going from our heads to our guts. When we are in our heads, we utilize the data that we can see, feel, touch, hear, and taste. It’s a lot like being in a library or using a computer that is off line – we only have access to the data that is stored in the immediate vicinity – much of which can be irrelevant or outdated. And we often have to do a lot of manual work to get it. We spend a lot of time trying to figure stuff out and make things happen the way we think they should. When they don’t, we tend to get frustrated, try harder to get everything to fit, and ultimately feel as though we just keep hitting walls. The frustration can lead us to cut ourselves off even more from our intuition, which like the internet, has access to far greater things than what we might realize.
When we access our intuition, we hook up to knowledge that goes beyond what we can immediately see, feel, hear, touch or taste. We can access information that links us to others – which allows us to feel connected to them – to hear not only the words they are saying, but also what they are not saying but feeling. We can access information that is in the realm of possibilities – about opportunities that are all around us and what we might need to do to leverage and act on them. We can also access warnings about options that are not in our best interest or will lead us to experience something that is not aligned with where we most want to go. When we are in our heads, we are inclined to resist or overlook these promptings because they are not “rational” or explainable.
I believe that our connection to something greater than ourselves allows us to not only receive data, but also to send it – in much the same way we do a search on the internet. When we are in need of a given piece of data, we enter a search term and then receive a variety of links that give us more information about that subject. Similarly, when we decide on an overarching intention, like wanting clarity, peace, or a mutually satisfying resolution to conflict or challenge, we send a signal to the vast field beyond our heads that gathers information and energy aligned with that intention and brings it into our awareness. We access a field of infinite creativity and wisdom from which some of the greatest inventions and ideas of our time originated.
For some people the information delivered via intuition is easily decoded, like words on a screen. But for most of us, it is delivered in the form of an inkling, a feeling or a strong prompting to do one thing or another. Or perhaps it might come in the form of a sign or object that takes on increased meaning – or an experience that in some way relays information, like seeing a movie or having a conversation with another person that is somehow related to our inquiry or intention. When we act on these promptings, things have a way of falling into place such that our intention comes to pass.
Unlike our computers, I believe we are always connected to this larger field, whether we want to be or not. When we acknowledge and rely on this connection, keeping our thoughts focused on what we want most in life, we will experience a sense of flow, peace and deep satisfaction that comes from experiences we draw to ourselves that match those thoughts. When we fail to recognize the power of this connection, and allow our minds to become consumed with frustration, doubt, anxiety and fear, this same dynamic seems to draw to us additional data, experiences and challenges that match our state of mind – and we find ourselves mired deeper and deeper in frustration.
So the next time you catch yourself feeling anxious or stressed about anything – frustrated over not being able to solve a problem, resolve a conflict, address an emerging issue or challenge – make a conscious decision to move from your head to your gut, and then balance the two. Decide what you want to experience and let that be your guiding intention. Your gut intuition will allow you access to ideas and possibilities that are just outside the boundaries of your mind, and your head will help you process and act on that information in a way that brings you the results you desire.
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