Your Heart Has the Answers

Your Heart Has the Answers

I understand your skepticism.

Only a few short weeks ago, I too, would not have believed this statement.

As someone who has relied heavily on the mind, I would have thought for certain the heart had no answers worthy of my time or attention.

Yet, gradually, I’ve been discovering that the heart has more answers than the mind does.

I got good at shutting down the heart. I would venture to guess that many of us have gotten good at this skill.

Maybe you went through a bad breakup. Maybe a parent passed. Perhaps you’ve gone broke.

These are the types of events that cause us to make the heart wrong. Because it hurts too much.

So, we shut down. It’s only natural. Our impulse is to protect our most vulnerable asset.

But before long, it becomes habitual, and we forget how to awaken the heart. We shut down. Close off. We forget to live.

When that happens, we only have one choice – to rely on logic and rationality.

We may as well be hollow robots at that point because we lose the very humanness that makes us human.

The ability to feel is unique so far as we (humanity) know. And it’s beyond amazing that we should be blessed with such faculties. The very faculties that make each of our experiences unique.

I’ve been discovering that my heart knows my desires better than I think I do. It knows what I’m here for. It knows exactly what it wants.

When the brain and heart achieve coherence, they begin sharing information with each other. They have an articulate conversation.

I realized that my job is to recognize and nurture my inner child. The child that believed he could have anything he wanted. The child that was sure about what he was here for.

Now I’m sure about what I’m here for.

It’s not about what others think is good or right. It’s about what we always knew was possible. What we dreamed about when we were children.

Others will always scoff at your desires. Tell you that it’s wrong. Tell you that it’s not all that it’s been “cracked up to be.”

To that I say, hogwash!

Your heart isn’t wrong. Don’t listen to others. You don’t even need to tell them what your heart already knows. It’s not for them. Their heart is telling them something else. And, they haven’t listened to it in a good, long while if they’re jaded and cynical about life.

In these times of upheaval and resetting, the number one thing you need to do isn’t to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Social distance
  • Wash your hands
  • Stay inside

No.

I’m not saying don’t do these things. I’m saying these things aren’t of the highest importance.

The number one thing you need to do right now is get in touch with your heart. Embrace your inner child. Be a good parent and give that inner child a shot at its desires.

Life’s not over. It’s only just beginning.

If your heart is open, you will be better able to respond to any situations that arise.

The best way to get in touch with your heart is to turn everything off (TV, Netflix, smartphones, etc.) and just sit with yourself. Meditate.

When you begin living, you won’t fear dying anymore.

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When it’s Time to “Let it Burn”

When it’s Time to “Let it Burn”

As a creator, you’re going to start many projects.

Some will work out. Many, many others won’t.

Based on your various passions and experience, you’ll find specific projects, businesses, and ventures to latch onto.

And you’re going to choose to double down on some. Give them your full attention. Focus on them.

Even those won’t necessarily work out.

And unfortunately, knowing when to quit is an art form many of us haven’t mastered.

I haven’t mastered it either.

But that’s what this post is about. It’s about knowing when to quit.

More specifically, it’s about knowing when to say, “let it burn.”

There is a difference.

Quitting, for a variety of reasons, typically has negative connotations attached to it. People don’t like quitting. They don’t want to be quitters. Plus, no one wants to quit on their dream. Nor should they!

This isn’t to say there isn’t a good time to quit. Because there absolutely is!

Like I said, there will be many, many projects that just don’t pan out. And knowing when to say “uncle” is critical to your well-being, your health (in every dimension), your finances, and your ultimate success.

Saying “let it burn” is a little different. And it’s my preference when I’ve given something the best years or my life, only to see it lag.

One step forward. Two steps back. Two steps forward. Four steps back. One step forward. Eight steps back.

I don’t care anymore. Just let it burn.

When you say, “let it burn”, you’re basically surrendering outcomes to the universe.

You’re becoming detached – or more accurately unattached – to the situation.

Because when you become too attached to anything, it has a way of producing the opposite of the desired effect.

When something becomes too important in your life, you begin to repel the very thing you want.

Oh yes, you’re a magnet. But you’re using the wrong polarity!

“Let it burn” is basically saying, “Failure or success, I don’t care which way it goes. They’re both good outcomes.”

And if we didn’t identify so strongly with the thing we’ve created – miscarriage or not – isn’t that true? Aren’t both outcomes good?

If you fail, you can let go of what didn’t work, and move onto the next thing. You get to take your lessons with you.

If the thing you surrender comes back to you and begs for your attention again, you know it’s meant to be, and you’ll have a much better chance at success.

The time to say “let it burn” is when like a cruel mistress, your project doesn’t return any of your favors. The more gifts and attention you shower on her, the less she responds. Not to be crass, but to extend the metaphor, the more you do for her, the less she puts out.

And you feel tired. Exhausted. Devitalized. Defeated. Maybe your health or financial well-being is at risk. Maybe she’s taken you away from your hobbies, and friends, and family, and spirituality, and any other values you hold near and dear.

(Come to think of it, that sounds a lot like my last relationship. I guess Tony Robbins was right. Business owners don’t have business problems. They have life problems reflected in their business.)

That’s the time to say, “let it burn.”

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I’m Too Old

I’m Too Old

Some people figure themselves out relatively early in life.

But many others don’t even know what they want to do or what they’re passionate about until later.

This is not a matter of right or wrong.

Age should not even factor into the equation when it comes to fulfilling on a purpose.

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In my estimation, you are about as old as you make up your mind to be.

I’ve seen 60-year-olds that look like 30-year-olds, and I’ve seen 30-year-olds that look like 60-year-olds.

The question is, do you want to be on this thrilling roller-coaster ride? Do you want to experience all that life has to offer? Do you want to experience more?

Or do you say to yourself, “I’m 40. I’ve lived. There’s nothing left for me to experience. It’s all downhill from here.”

I know people who feel like they’re just getting started as a 40-year-old. They’ve found something to be passionate about. Something that excites them. Something that gives them life.

People get too fixated on youth. They look at someone younger and say, “they are the future,” and yet equip them with nothing that will give them a leg up in being a better leader than they were. What kind of legacy is that?

Some people take themselves right out of the game because they think they’re too old. What kind of message is that sending to the youth? That they should give up when they’ve reached some arbitrary age too?

Change is constant. That’s the one thing we can count on.

It’s not that we are insignificant. It’s that with repetition and constant programming, we can be convinced that we are insignificant. We’re constantly being told we are in subtle, and in less than subtle ways.

You are important, no matter how unimportant you feel. The world would not be the same without you.

So, what are you too old for? Italian sculptor Michelangelo was said to have lived to the ripe old age of 88 because he had a purpose. Something important to fulfill on.

What is your purpose? What do you have to fulfill on?

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Making Future-Based Decisions

Making Future-Based Decisions

Most of the time, we rely on the past to inform present decisions.

But if you’ve spent any time in personal development, then you’ve probably heard something along these lines before:

The past is a bad way to measure how your present or future is going to play out.

This is both true and false.

It’s true because your future doesn’t have to look like your past did.

It’s false because most of us wake up and re-presence ourselves to our past. So, living as we always have becomes a habit. And it becomes a process of choosing from what’s “safe”, an increasingly smaller pool of decisions as life progresses.

Any thoughts we reinforce through repetition crystallize into emotion and are then stored in our body.

Have you ever woken up from a night’s rest to find your mind is clear, only to become aware of all your problems, one by one, all over again?

So, what happened there? Did your problems go away while you were sleeping? Did you make them your problems again by reminding yourself of them?

As it turns out, it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that’s exactly what happened!

So, we go through our day reminding ourselves of the past, making past-based decisions. Since 95% of our thoughts are automatic, it must be so.

Now, it’s easy to justify past-based decisions.

“When I did X, Y happened, and that resulted in Z, which I never want in my life again.”

And that’s fine if:

“When I touched the stove, it hurt, and that resulted in a burn, which I never want in my life again.”

This past-based thinking is serving you.

But it doesn’t quite work out when it’s:

“When I got into a relationship, we ended up breaking up, and that resulted in a painful divorce, which I never want in my life again.”

Or:

“When I invested in a business, it ended up tanking, and that resulted in me losing all my money, which I never want in my life again.”

X doesn’t automatically mean Y or Z, virtually ever.

The outcomes aren’t automatic. Because let’s face it – the more thoughts like these we stack onto each other, the safer life becomes. The safer life becomes, the fewer risks or chances we take. The past becomes the present, and then the present becomes the future.

We do have a choice in the matter though.

As Dr. Joe DIspenza says, we can program ourselves to remind ourselves of the future rather than the past.

But… how do we remind ourselves of the future? By creating it.

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As it turns out, the process of thinking about our past, or imagining future events are both interpreted the same by the mind and the body.

I’m seeing the value of making future-based decisions in my own life.

I’m taking chances I wouldn’t normally take. And I’m seeing opportunities I wasn’t present to before.

Concepts that I didn’t understand, or mistakes I wasn’t conscious to are becoming clearer.

That’s another powerful byproduct of understanding your programming. You can identify areas for improvement without much effort.

Basically, when you’re clear on where you’re headed, the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go become near unconscious.

Dr. Dispenza’s meditations have proven crucial in helping me get to this point. And it’s only been about a week since I started. There’s so much more to unlock.

But if you’re confident in your future, you can make choices that are better aligned with your goals. Choices that may have seemed risky or chancy based on your past, but choices that will guide you to where you want to go.

After all, who said getting to where you wanted to go would be all smooth sailing? The only thing we know for sure is an adventure is about to unfold. And isn’t it better to feel alive than to be stuck in your “safe” behaviors and habits?

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