Do you feel overwhelmed by what you need to do to get from wherever you are right now to the place where you feel happy, successful and at peace? You know where you need to go but the path there appears to be so hard. Where do you start, how do you overcome the challenges and how long will it take? I am often asked this question by clients and this article may help you.
If you listened to the radio show Wednesday you heard that there was a blizzard in my area and when I awakened the next morning the ground was covered with 10 inches of snow. While snow is beautiful it's very inconvenient and makes travel difficult. But during the night the street plows had cleared the street so that was passable. But to get there I had to shovel my driveway, which is 65 feet long and 25 feet wide. Shoveling snow is not my favorite thing to do but if I was going to get to the road, I had work to do.
My goal was to get enough of the driveway cleared so I could get to the road, without shoveling the entire thing. So I dressed in warm clothes and went outside. As I looked at the driveway from the garage I was overwhelmed at the scope of the job. The snow was deep and it covered every inch of the driveway. But I had some help, the sun was shining and I had 50 pounds of rock salt. I started at the top of the driveway and started shoveling. As I was working I was planning on how to do this with as little effort as possible. And I thought and shoveled and thought and kept on working, not really paying attention to how much work was getting done. As I completed a section I spread rock salt to speed the melting process and it worked beautifully.
I wasn't thinking about how much I hated the work, how long it was going to take, or how hard it was, I just kept shoveling. And when I stood up to take off my hat and unzip my coat because I was getting too warm, I noticed that I was over halfway to the end of the driveway, where there was another problem.
When the street gets plowed the snow is moved to the sides of the road. There was a 3 foot pile of packed snow across the end of my driveway. By then I was tired and I made a little wish that someone would come by and help me. A few minutes later I saw the snowplow come down the street and the driver turned to face my driveway. At first I wondered whether he was going to offer to plow my driveway (which was now nearly finished). Instead, he raised his plow and in two passes removed all of the snow at the end of the driveway. Talk about a prayer being answered! I waved hello and thanked him.
A few more passes and the driveway was clean, the sun and rock salt had done a great job of melting the snow and it took far less time than I thought it would.
Sometimes we're faced with a task that seems impossible and it is usually something that we don't want to do. This can be anything from finding a new job, ending a relationship, making a life change or simply choosing to think differently. And the task seems really hard. But there are some things I learned with my show shoveling experience that I want to share with you that might help:
1. Get started. The worst thing that you can do is to sit and look at the problem and not make a move in any direction. I knew that snow wasn't going to shovel itself and I had to make an effort to get it cleared. The Universe always works with us but we show our commitment to our life when we are willing to start, which gets the energy moving. If we never start, the journey never begins.
2. Some things have to go. It was about 12 degrees outside and at first I was cold. But after working for a while I had to take off my coat, hat and gloves because I was sweating. The clothes that had once protected me from the cold were now uncomfortable and unnecessary. When you start moving the energy you quickly realize that it's time to let some things go. What do you have to release so change can start flowing in your life?
3. Ask for help. I never expected the snowplow driver to clear the end of my driveway but he did, saving me a half hour of work. Don't be afraid to ask for help and then be prepared for it to arrive from any source.
4. Think creatively and consider ever resource. Sometimes we see only one way to completion and it's often the most challenging way. But if we think creatively we can find a number of different ways to solve a problem. Once the bulk of the snow was removed, the sun could start melting the rest. Adding the rock salt sped the process along and the driveway was cleared with less effort.
5. Find the blessings. There are blessings in everything, when we take the time to look for them. Sure, shoveling the driveway was hard work but I was outside, it was a sunny day and the snow was beautiful. And I got some great exercise. What are some of the blessings in your situation you haven't noticed yet? If you focus on them, the task at hand won't feel so overwhelming.
6. Celebrate your victory. Once the driveway was finished I rewarded myself with a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, my favorite winter treat. When we don't take the time to celebrate our victory we deny ourselves the reward of acknowledging our efforts. This gives us closure and acknowledges a job well done.
I now have a clear path from my house to the road and I can get to where I need to go. Are there any roads you want to travel today? How can you clear your path so you can get to them? Start taking your first steps to get the energy moving and be open to anything. Then celebrate each victory and acknowledge yourself for completing that journey.
2011 is just beginning and there is so much potential available to us. We have learned what we need to learn, now we have to become what we have always wanted to be. And that starts with our beliefs. Set your sights for your personal lottery and then get your ticket. Follow through on every opportunity that appears and see what miracles you and the Universe can create together.
Keep the faith, we're all in this together and time is moving quickly. Become the observer in your life as you stay focused on your path in this moment.
In these interesting and transformational times, we can be overwhelmed by what is happening in our lives but there are always other solutions. Here are a few things to help you get through the difficult moments in your life:
Stay calm, focused, detached and aware and remember your thoughts are creating every moment of your life. Think the best ones.
As you ponder this and the other things that are happening at this time remember to:
Accept all gifts of understanding with gratitude and use them to apply forgiveness, release and healing to every situation.
Ask for guidance and confirmation and then wait for it to come to you.
Above all, be grateful for this opportunity to be part of humanity's amazing shift in consciousness as we all ascend into the miracle vibration.
Many blessings in these miraculous and amazing times,