"You change your life to go after your dreams, you don't do that to earn more money, or achieve greater fame or to sell more, you make these changes out of respect for your own craft, your own master piece that is your life"
Reading the incredible book "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield, both Phil and I continually share quotes. When I read the quote above, my whole body expanded, I felt goosebumps, chills, and I became very emotional. That's exactly it - I do what I do out of respect for my own masterpiece, which is my life.
There is a very painful moment in life when you have to decide to live on your own terms, and I believe that is when you turn pro. As Steven shares, it's a moment where you face overwhelming fear. For me, I also experienced an overwhelming power. As it evolves, fear and power are still very present.
I strongly believe that there's a point of no return when you reach a state of such profound trust in life that you simply can't play the game as you used to. The way you nurture your mind becomes extremely important. In my case, key changes included stopping watching TV and paying less attention to the media.
If you feel that you are certainly in the path of becoming PRO.
For several years now, I have been consciously crafting my life. I've gained clarity on what matters to me - my values and the things I consider important to my personal life. I have built a business to support this lifestyle.
And that was great. I believe this is a significant aspect of turning pro. However, the game keeps evolving, and the business to support the life of my dreams has transformed into a purpose that is far greater than myself.
It's a strange yet amazing feeling to realize that I am in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing... with no plan B, with no 'what ifs'... with no alternatives. It's a mix of knowing and not knowing at all.
In this space, you've got to do it. Simplicity governs. There's no time to waste with self-doubt.
You face your fears, and in reality, they are a great ally. Most of the time, where fear is, that's where you have to go. There's no choice, no questions, just go.
In Steven's book, he shares that PRO's must trust in the mystery, a concept I deeply resonate with. At the start of my career, there was no mystery. Everything was calculated, filled with certainty and lots of plans. I could predict where I was heading and, if I stayed on that path, could likely forecast the events of the next 10 years. But this isn't the mark of a PRO. There's no mystery in such a scenario.
Slowly, I was moving towards the unknown. It was, and still is, scary. I would doubt myself and still make choices based on safety; I needed to feel grounded somewhere.
As the game evolves, the sense of safety in who I am became so deep that I began to make choices out of inspiration and elevated guidance.
Turning Pro, in my view, involves trusting in the mystery and seeking access to unseen powers. I've come to understand that my work is my practice. To have a practice, it requires one to "follow a prescribed regimen with the intention of elevating the mind and the spirit to a higher level." Now, as a Pro, I utilize every aspect of my life to elevate my own consciousness.
It's fascinating to observe how everything unfolded in perfect sequence, with the universe preparing me to receive and deliver a sacred message. What I am experiencing now could not have been manifested years ago; I simply wasn't ready to receive it. There is always a divine timing, and everything that is happening in your life is perfectly aligned for you to receive your mission with clarity.
I can't say, "I am there," as I believe there is no "there." However, I have certainly upleveled my game from being an amateur to being a PRO.
This game continues to evolve. This life is a gift; it is your masterpiece. Nobody can do anything for you. It's entirely up to you to craft your way. Believe it or not, life becomes very simple when you turn PRO.
Simplicity has been a great guide. Am I overthinking? Am I complicating things? If I could have the simplest life, what would that be? In every aspect - my relationships, work, health, lifestyle, routine, practices... everything. Yet, I often find myself trying to complicate things that should be very simple.
I believe simplicity starts in the mind. I've observed this among my clients and friends. We accumulate a wealth of knowledge through extensive studying, but when this knowledge isn't applied, it can lead to complicated reflections about life. Consequently, we study even more, intending to simplify things. However, the more we learn, the more complex things can become. This is because we find satisfaction in knowledge acquisition rather than application.
My lesson is this: I must 'walk my talk.' I find satisfaction in what I know, and once I've mastered the application of that knowledge, I transition to the next phase. This approach feels simple to me, and simplicity brings happiness. When we master simplicity, we become real pros.
And I am here to be happy.
In 25 years from now....
I'm thrilled to share that Phil and I recently undertook an exercise involving envisioning our future 25 years from now.
What's exciting about this is the capacity to expand! We often underestimate the power of 3 or 5 years, but when we discuss a span of 25 years, we feel an inexplicable freedom to dream big.
Even though it seems like a distant future, we plan to use this vision as a guide for all our actions. It's amazing how much focus this brings. We were able to identify a lot of things when we began planning for the next 90 days.
Achieving what you desire often requires sacrificing many other things. The clarity this exercise provided us is truly invaluable.
You might want to try this for yourself. In every area of your life, how do you envision yourself 25 years from now?
Who We Are Celebrating This Week: April Adams Pertuis:)
I had the pleasure of meeting April not too long ago. Her insights on storytelling and public speaking resonated with me deeply. She offered a simple, fresh perspective that brought clarity to my choices related to public speaking.
I never really aspired to become a renowned public speaker. In fact, the idea often pushes me out of my comfort zone, as I tend to be more introverted.
However, she brought up a point that I can't question. She said, "Public speaking is not about your performance; it's about your willingness to make an impact." And because I truly believe in my mission and message, I am willing to do whatever it takes to share this message.
That being said, there is no question that I need to work on my communication skills. Knowing that brings simplicity to my mind. I know what to do, and I now I just need to do it.
If you want to know more about her work, you can check her instagram account here.
Here's What I Want to Share This Week:
The power of DETOX!
Phil and I did a cleanse detox a couple of weeks ago, and I love how detoxifying your body helps us to find simplicity. When you undertake something like this with a clear intention, it's incredibly powerful, especially the clarity you gain in your thoughts. They become sharp, precise, and elevated.
We followed the Master Cleanser protocol and this time, we did it for 48 hours. However, I have previously done it for 10 days.
I don't recommend doing it alone. We plan to create a potent group experience for this, where you can work on your energy before embarking on the experience.
I would love to hear from you. What has been your experience with detox? Have you done it before? What recipe did you use? How long did you follow it? And what is your primary intention when you undertake something like this?
How to find simplicity in your mind?
One simple technique I use to let go complications in my head is by questioning my own thoughts. Keep asking yourself: Does your thought make sense? Is it fear-based? Is it just an opinion? Are you ready to release that opinion? Do you care more about being happy or being right? Often, you can combat complexity simply by being consciously present and aware of it.
Tao Te Ching
Wanna keep it simple? Tao Te Ching can help you. Just open a page with intention and follow the message.