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The Outrageous List

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The New Year: A fresh start, yes. Yet, too often it comes with a heavy pressure to make changes. As if you aren’t good enough already. Sheesh.

If you happen to be heading into the new year with resolutions and they don’t feel awesome… quick, let them go now. I have a better idea.

What if, instead, you simply choose to ignite your spark?  Wake up that feeling that really lifts your spirits, makes you laugh, throws you into new and wild wonderful directions of thinking? The spark that reignites the energy that is the true fuel for getting things done, for making changes, and for connecting to what really does matter for you? And even more importantly, that spark that can and will get you through whatever life throws your way.

Yes, it’s important, that spark. Willing to experiment with that concept?  The thing is, it’s seldom logical thinking that ignites the spark. Logical tends to keep us exactly where we are. Imagination, playfulness, creative thinking… those can lead us to that soulful brilliant spark we all have within us.

A little outrageous and ridiculous thinking, as it happens, is one little tool that can help us sneak past all that logic…

The Outrageous and Ridiculous and Possibly Impossible List 

Example -here’s mine:

1. Apply as crew on a replica viking ship travelling from the Netherlands to America. (Logically, it is very unlikely I would even be considered given my age and limited experience) So why would I apply? You’ll see.

2. Be in London in April to celebrate at the Book Release Party  for “The Strawberry Girl” with the author, Lisa Stromme, my client and friend.  Hers is the fairytale story of  an author. Like any fairytale, it comes with the obstacles overcome, the ups, the downs, and the happy ending of having a novel about to be published in so many countries, I have lost count.  My part in this is a fairytale story of a coach, witnessing this extraordinary woman’s process to reach such a grand result. And so, against all odds, (because my life has been a bit crazy and I don’t have a clear picture of how I will make this work) I want to celebrate in person with Lisa.

3. Alternative idea: A celebration with Lisa in her home country of Norway before I leave on the Viking ship. Oh, I do like this option.

So, why would I come up with outrageous goals that hardly seem possible? Because this is the stuff my imagination loves. Because I can feel my mind automatically releasing limiting beliefs that can stop me (they can sneak in no matter how hard one works at keeping them at bay!)  Because making a list like this ignites my adventurous soul. Because applying for the Viking crew makes me laugh out loud, and filling out the application is empowering. Because if I don’t get to do these things, it doesn’t matter… the thoughts alone have already kindled that wild spark in me, reminding me it exists and how very important it is to me. The spark alone gives me energy and it will continue to play out in all walks of my life, perhaps sometimes outrageously, more often subtly and gently guiding my actions, guiding my choices, supporting me through ups and downs, and making me feel happy.

Your turn? Simply make the outrageous list, and feel the spark ignite as you write it, research it, and process the ideas in your mind. Acknowledge that feeling: truly consciously be aware of it. Feel it in your body, mind and soul. Invite it to hang out with you more often. That’s enough to make a difference as you head into the new year. Honestly, it’s almost like magic how it can guide you.

Dare to share your outrageous list?  That could be a great next small step towards it all happening! ~smile~



About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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