Extraordinary Living…it’s my hallmark. I so believe life is meant to be Extraordinary – you know, full of purpose, deeply fulfilling and vibrantly joyful for you, whatever that is for you.
When we are living our Extraordinary Life with gusto, we are satisfied with life and we are offering our gifts to the world.
So let’s talk getting there.
An Extraordinary Life has two aspects: the little and the big.
The little is LOVING the life you are in. Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean it is perfect, that nothing ever goes wrong and all your ducks are lined up perfectly.
That’s not life.
It means you notice what IS going well and don’t let what isn’t going well get to you. It means feeling gratitude for all in your life and a simply enjoyment of your days. It means allowing yourself to enjoy your day even when your ducks aren’t in a row.
The big is the BIG dream, the vision, the “thing” that gets you excited to grow, learn, evolve and do things that make you stretch so you can achieve your dream.
Five Steps (+1) for Living Your Extraordinary Life is my signature program to help you step into the little AND the big to experience more JOY in your life AND start building the life of your dreams!
In this post, I wanted to take you through the steps in the program, to get you started and working on YOUR Extraordinary Life. I live streamed about each of the steps in my private, Facebook group and share those Live Streams here. (If you haven’t joined the group yet, you want to! Just sayin’! 🙂 Ignite Your Life with MuseLaura.)
You can grab the workbook that goes with this series below. You can also listen to the podcast OR read the post. Plus, I did a live stream on each step in the FB group so you can enjoy more info on it if you want!
AND, if you are ready to take your next step, join me for an EPIC SUMMER of your own! I’ll be taking people through the program!
Five Steps (+1) for Living Your Extraordinary Life
Plus One: Feel Good
This one is so simplistic that we not only dismiss it, we usually overlook it entirely.
Let’s look at it at the most simplistic level, how nutritious is your snack when you are tired, exhausted and stressed?
How nutritious is your snack when you are well-rested? When you feel good, you have more energy to make great decisions.
Now look at the bigger picture, if you have just spent an amazing evening with your best friend, laughing and filling yourself up, are you more likely to take an action step toward living your dream? YES!!
My entire first book, Awaken to Joy, is about Feeling Good! It is looking at all the unconscious ways we sabotage feeling good for ourselves from what we watch on tv, the people we hang out with, the food we eat. AND then what can you do to feel good? Such as communicate from your heart, practice gratitude, spend time with those who inspire us. This is POWERFUL work! When you feel good you do much better in life!
Question: What are three things you can do every day for the sole purpose of feeling good?
Step One: What do you really, really, really, really want?
Do you know what you want?
The first question my clients must answer before we even begin coaching is “What do you really, really, really want?”
The response is almost always one of two answers:
- A long pause, followed by an “I don’t know”. Or
- 2. “I’ll tell you what I want, I don’t want my job, I don’t want my house, I don’t want to feel the way I do.”
In either of these situations we don’t know where we are headed, we are simply focused on getting away from something we don’t want. BUT when you know what you want, it is easier to take action. It is always easier and more inspiring and fun to move toward something you want rather than away from something you don’t want. It is far easier to start exercising when you are doing it to feel vibrant and energetic than to keep you from getting fat. So, now it is YOUR turn!
Question: What do you really, really, really want? Go on, dream! Let it all hang out. No one is listening. Let what is in your heart of hearts come out…
Step Two: Do you believe it is possible for you?
Do you think what you want is both possible and, more importantly, possible for you?
(Here’s a hint: If you don’t have something in your life that you really want, it is because you have a belief hidden in your mind somewhere about your ability to do it for yourself.)
BUT a belief is simply an opinion you have had for a very long time and we can change them! We have beliefs about everything! What is the best day of the week, whether chocolate is bad for you, you name it and there is a belief. We also have beliefs about what we are capable of creating in our lives.
So, our job is to work on dislodging those beliefs. This step is a bit trickier to work on. We cover it quite thoroughly in the course and in my coaching.
Question: For a start, just begin to imagine yourself having what you really want, the job, the relationship, the home, whatever. As you imagine yourself in that position, you will find you will begin to say, “yeah, but”. (“Yeah, but I don’t have enough time.” “Yeah, but I don’t have enough money.” “Yeah, but I don’t have enough support.”) Those yeah buts will begin to uncover your beliefs, the ones that limit you and how much you can do.
Step Three: Taking Right Action
If you want to be a bestselling author, you have to write a book. If you want to run a marathon, you need to buy running shoes. You need to do something. BUT if you know what you want, and you truly believe it is possible for you, you will be deeply inspired to do something. You will leap out of bed in the morning to do what you need to do.
Question: Now that you know what you want, and you believe it can happen, what do you need to do? What is the next action step you need to take? (Yes, you do know. Saying you don’t is simply lying to yourself. Be bold, be courageous and take that first step!)
Step Four: Letting Go to Receive
There is an element of trust you need to have as well. Without trust, we live in fear of not doing enough and working ourselves and worrying ourselves too hard. Faith is knowing it will happen (see Step Two). Do you truly have faith in your dream?
Question: Do you really believe what you want is possible? That you deserve it? If not, what is your limiting belief you are telling yourself?
Step Five: Practice Gratitude
Living the life of your dreams must come from love and excitement, not fear and dread. If you focus on how much you cannot stand your current life, you will stay stuck. You need to focus on all that is wonderful in your life right now. Creating something better comes from: I LOVE my life AND I am ready for an even MORE wonderful life! This part is absolutely essential!
Question: What are you grateful for in your life right now? Go ahead, list them and keep writing. There are so many things in your life to be grateful for!
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