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5 Minutes to Profound Change

By Annie Severe-Dimitri

I welcome guest blogger, Annie, to my synergistic blog community!  Annie is Your Coach For Life and offers an array of services for your mind, body, and spirit.  Her strengths are her sincerity and humor which just draw people into her.  I just love the way she blends practical strategies into the real-ness of life.  She’ll cause you to think and smile 🙂  Here’s a bit of what she has to share…

A few months ago, I began a gratitude journal. “Happy Horse Doo Doo!!!” is all I can happily exclaim about the results I am receiving from this simple practice. I am amazed and grateful at all that has come my way since I started scribbling in my tiny red velvet journal used just for this purpose.

First, I think I have some “esplaining” to do (as Lucille Ball always had to do to Ricky Riccardo on the old Lucille Ball show.) Here is how to begin your own gratitude journal: at the top of your page, write 3 things you are grateful for. The catch here is that you can’t repeat anything. This forces you to expand your concept of what is worthy of your gratitude. Some unusual items on my gratitude list that I never would have considered previously are: nail polish, the wheels on my car, the color pink, and my life’s lessons.

Next, write the sentence “What I am Grateful to Receive”. Then list 3 things you really want now. You can repeat items on this list. So far, I have received several items on the list, in a form better than I could ever have imagined. I found a stunning pair of tortoise shell, cat eye glasses with big old retro frames for $11 at Claire’s. Hot Dog!! Got a lightweight, efficient vacuum with the paper bag instead of a filter for cleaning my clients’ homes. Woo Hoo! Got more peace in my life about everything in it–just don’t get nearly as jacked up as I used to. Dandy!

One very unexpected benefit from this exercise is that when I review my lists of things I will receive, I see that some are repeatedly written, but never actualized… at all… in any form. I am now investigating these desires – are these things I really want in my life? If I really do, what on earth am I doing to stop them from materializing? And let me tell ya, Dude, am I getting some answers! I now realize how I am getting in my own way, and being a life coachey type of chick, am busting some ass to change what needs to be changed. Ahhhhh…..and it feels so good. Nothing nastier than stale, old energy clogging your life and holding up progress.

So I would like to challenge you to begin your own journal. Hate writing? Commit to the journal for just 3 days, or 5. You will be surprised at what and who will begin to appear right in front of your peepers, and in some cases, very quickly. Enjoy!

Thanks for sharing your experience Annie.  I really love the practice of appreciating what you have now and also that which is to come!

Synergistically yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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H.O.T. spells hot.  And yes, it certainly describes our summer right now!  But I’m chanting a different tune today –  H.O.T. is for hop on track!  Hop on track where the rubber meets the road.

That saying, where the rubber meets the road, is about taking action.  When you take action you are able to move forward and toward the life you desire.  It creates turning points where you are continually seeing different possibilities and ways of doing things.  Setting intentions and visualizing are impactful components to creating that emotional pull and inspiration.  Hopping on track then lets you live it out in your every day experience.

Take action with what you know right now.  There is no exact roadmap with the perfect course plotted out before you get started.  What does it take to H.O.T?   How about trying on courage and a learning attitude.  To step into your courage, reflect back to that intention and vision I spoke of above.  Connect with how it feels to have that.  And imagine your response when it comes with ease and a touch of fun.  With a learning attitude there is no success or failure.  Upon taking action, you will gain new understanding and clarity to help guide your next action steps.   You will have those continual turning points where you eagerly look around the corner at what’s next.  Just keep looking and turning.

So, let this summertime heat be a continual reminder of H.O.T.  It does require action, but it does not require you to sweat. 🙂

Synergistically yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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Inspired Action

I watched, for a second time, the movie The Secret.  The core message of the movie is about the law of attraction.  It’s always helpful to be reminded that like energy attracts like energy.  The thoughts and core beliefs that we buy into physically manifest into our lives.  It isn’t necessarily spontaneous and we may not realize it – that energy is constantly flowing.

I love the way Deepak Chopra explains in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success that a seed has the  hidden energy, or pure potential, to sprout several trees.  We also have many hidden energies that manifest all around us.  The law of attraction tells us, there are so many possibilities and opportunities in life, choose what you want.  That should be easy, right?  Remember, it’s our core beliefs and thoughts that are  attracting like energy.  What are your core thoughts and beliefs?  Are they all roses and rainbows?  We’ve all heard it said, “fake it til you make it.”  I say be inspired by the vision you have for life – your hopes, your dreams, your happiness.  Allow that vision to be your focus and be inspired to action!  When you focus on that vision of hope and happiness, then you will tap into those possibilities.  Pay attention to your intuition and creative thoughts.

Allow your excitement and heart to guide you in your inspired actions.

Synergistically yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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The “And Equation”

Not ‘versus’, but ‘and’.  Huh?… What is Jenn talking about?!  As I was just processing my thoughts and preparing to write  this entry that is what came to me, “It’s not ‘versus’, but ‘and’.”  Hold on and let me explain.

I started pitting Intentions and Flexibility against each other this week.  Unbeknownst to me initially and now I see that sneaky play in the game.  Give me the ball back – it’s my turn!

My play is practicing Intentions and Flexibility.

Does some of this seem familiar to you?

  • Work vs. Family
  • Fitness vs. Time
  • Fun vs. Household project
  • Responsibility vs. Relaxation

When we do this to ourselves, life is an ongoing competition and we are continually “losing” at something.  The reality is these all exist.  Life is about work AND family AND time AND so on.  When I realized I had created a power match between Intention vs. Flexibility, I reminded myself of the And Equation.

Intention is about aligning life with my values, passions, and purpose.  It’s creating goals personally and professionally from that and envisioning how that looks and feels.  It’s also about gaining focus and clarity on the steps along the way.  Flexibility is about being open to all possibilities and opportunities.  It’s realizing that things do not always work the way I plan in my mind and accepting things that seem uncertain.  I never know fully where a path is going to take me.  The more open I am, the more value I will gain.

So, back to practicing Intentions and Flexibility together.  We’re huddled to sketch out the game plan…  1.) Vision map posted and open to change,  2.) Schedule outlined and open to change,  3.) Weekly mantra posted and ready for more,  4.) Conscious of my energy and prepared for fluctuations,  5.)  Daily reflection of what emerges (expected and unexpected), 6.) Prayer and meditation and new support systems welcome.

I would love to know how you create Intention and Flexibility in your life!  Please do share.  It’s helpful to hear from others and to grow from your insight.  Pretty please share!

How do you practice Intention and Flexibility?

Synergistically yours,

Jenn Seffrin

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