Get Out the Box Cutter

“Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles Schulz

Take a dare today; use one of your unused gears. Mentally, get on your 10-speed life bike and ride it to uncharted experiences today. Open up, abandon the boxed-in sense of duty, and feel the exhilaration of your new discoveries.  You may want to explore painting, drama, feng shui, woodworking, yoga,reading, photography…do anything you have never done before and let the excitement of this new learning seep deeply into your identity.

You are changed by this new gear experience in your life. This new speed choice that you have made is exhilarating, liberating, and exactly what you needed to do for yourself right now. You have made a significant breakthrough, regardless of what life gear you chose to experience or the level of challenge it might have posed for you—the  principal here is that you did something new that pushed old boundaries. You stepped outside of your box, now refuse to go back to its confines.

Get out the box cutter when you try to re-fit yourself back into your space of comfort and begin to box yourself back in. When the intensity of your exhilaration begins to fade, when you begin to fear what lies ahead of your new liberation, or when your friends and family re-buff your discovered greatness box cut any negativity, doubt, suspicion or fear that comes to the surface.

SAY: Get out the box cutter: (let this be one of your 2013 mantras)

  • When a snide remark is made about your new hair color or haircut
  • When your inner voice deceives you into thinking “that was silly.”
  • When someone fails to compliment what you have done
  • When others stare because you play hop-scotch on the sidewalk all by yourself
  • When you whistle a new tune you composed on the spot and others don’t whistle back
  • When you write your best prose that others haven’t seen yet
  • When water washes away your sandcastle

Get out the box cutter! You are ready for something new-you are equipped for something new. Today, you are in the right space and you have the right amount of time to create and experience something new. Today only you can invite a special moment into your life and one way to do that is to box cut anything that  limits you.

“There comes a special moment in everyone’s life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” ~Winston Churchill

Your finest hour is here. Right NOW! Seize it, embrace this special opportunity that is only, uniquely yours. Don’t wait, thinking you will have a better life gear to exercise at a better time; you DON’T at the present moment. Right now is the time to act with the willing abandon so vital to your special moment.

Most people, who will admit it, prefer the safety of small boxes. But, you must constantly box cut any limitation. Consciously begin to expand your worldview, expand your frames of reference. Allow fresh new possibilities to emerge, provide a healthy challenge to your life.

Relax and give up the comfort and safety of what you already know just for today and then another day and then another and expand your capacity for thinking, creativity, exploration and awareness. Begin to envision all the possibilities that are available to you, right now. Hold tight to your core values while at the same time opening your heart and mind to new ideas, feelings, and experiences.  Your own perspective will grow stronger when you look at things from different perspectives and you will discover a lifetime of magic.

Get out your box cutter and speed on to new life gears that excite and liberate the special, real you.

Chinese New Year: Water Dragon

This Monday is especially potent in that it is the opening of the Chinese New Year (Chun Jie / 春节 2012) -the year of the Water Dragon- according to the Chinese lunar calendar.  The essence of the symmetry of the numerical sequence 1,2,3 on this day that marks the lunar beginning of newness   portends for clarifying transformation that can bring order. This order offers a unique time for higher spirituality and evidences of things hoped for in your life.

Chinese Dragon Banner

The water dragon is the only mythical animal in Chinese astrology. It represents strength, vitality and protection; it is known for making dreams come true and according to Feng Shui experts it’s natural element is Wood, which represents action and innovation. For these reasons alone this Monday is powerful, but there is more.  2012 is a Water year, a period of personal growth and deep intuition and conscious wisdom.

This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities.  Together, this means that 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon, which means transformation will be paramount this year.

Here are five tips to maintain focused action and inspire dynamic energy:

  1. Review your life/goal list.  Write out multiple copies and keep them in prominent places all around your surroundings as a reminder of your intentions in 2012.  If you have not written a goal list or life list for yourself, stop right now and write a few active steps you will take to transform your life in 2012.
  2. Practice silence daily.  Spend a few minutes every day in silent contemplation.  Use this time to “hear and listen.” Make no requests, just tune in to the silence.  Acquiesce, feel the wholeness of gratitude in this space of silent mindfulness.
  3. Create a focus ritual.  During the bounty of these water dragon days, focus.  Energize your deepest desires with a focus ritual. Your ritual may be to repeat out loud your life/goal list.  Or, you may create a mantra that you repeat often to remind you of your intended destiny.  Be creative and excited about all that is coming your way this year. If you have a vision board, pause and look at it everyday. Integrate a radiant joy into your ritual, exude excitement for each expectation.
  4. Clear clutter.  This is the year for order, clear away distraction and debris that clog your life. Right now is the time to release and be free; this is the time to clear open pathways to receive exactly what you desire and need in your life.  Clean up sordid relationships, get organized, make clear mind moves that remove worry, doubt, fear, and dust away anything in your physical environment (home, office, or outside) that could impede the rhythmic flow of pure joy and potentiality.
  5. Face your truth.  Eliminate any negative chi now. Refuse to carry along danger, despair, or darkness from the past.  Face the truth of any lesson and accept the message and move on to a lighter happier inner peace.  Chinese experts warn that dark secrets will be exposed during this year if you refuse to relinquish them by letting them go. Face your truth first about your self and your inner being and practice compassionate honesty with others.  Live in absolute truth and honor.

Live in wonder, be in awe, appreciate each moment and allow the creative space the experience and share the electricity of being.

Where is Your Chi (Energy)?

We have turned a new Gregorian calendar page and emptied out the old for the new destined promises of 2012. In order to allow whatever you desire that is promised for you, there has to be energy around it.  James Arthur Ray is famous for say, “Energy goes where attention flows.” Oprah Winfrey mimics the same principal with her words,”I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”

Becoming in 2012 takes energy. Here are three ways to boost your energy(chi):

  • Put things in order. Complete or replace dangling needs. If you have not yet finished writing or have a project or issue left over, examine it and then finish or replace it. Don’t get frustrated that your expected time of completion has passed, instead really examine within yourself if this is viable for right now. Ask yourself is this my truest intention? Oftentimes leftover projects are the result of low energy for that particular thing instead of being a lack of time. Check your energy level around that specific need, project or issue, in harmonious intention, and either refresh your completion timeline or replace that one with something new that is “hot” with energy for you.
  • Defuzz your vision.  Often we know what we feel and want in our lives. The problem many times is that our feelings (energy) and wants are clouded over similar to a cataract eye.  Make your 2012 vision 20/20.  There are many ways for you to do this and let me suggest two energy chi  surge actions that when paired together touch a circuit for completion and realization that equals success. ONE-write your goals down. Make it real by using a pen a paper to describe in exact detail what gives you energy.  TWO – create a vision board that is a pictorial representation of where you will direct your energy this year.

My 2012 vision board

Look at my personal vision board for 2012. It is clear how I will direct my energy (chi) this year.  This is what I want in 2012: a caring, giving, prosperous spirit; a loving helpmate; travel to Italy or other countries represented by the flags; to complete the Peachtree Road Race in 2012; to sell 800 copies of my book Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits! (afterwhich it goes out of print); to be active in Toastmasters; to practice A+ excellence in all things knowing that I can do it.

My vision board was constructed and laid out according to the Chinese theory of Feng Shui and the Bagua map.  My reference is written with clear instructions and simple diagrams which really aided my completion.  You will find the Bagua map and Feng Shui at    The main point here is to couple your clearly written and visual goals together to create the energy and action to make everything you desire in 2012 to happen.

  • Set up marker stations.  Pay attention to your intentions and your energy (chi) every day.  As you go throughout the year pause at marker points to celebrate.  For me, a marker point would be after I have run 3 miles seven days in a row-I need to celebrate because this is a halfway point in the Peachtree Road Race for example.  You set your own marker stations and add more energy fuel for completion by celebrating.   Notice that I am very clear and specific about what my marker station is for that specific goal.  Do the same for each of your goals with a sensible frequency for celebration that energizes you and reminds you that you have matched a goal marker in your life.  Then, move your marker station for that goal to stretch beyond where you are at that moment (include this as a part of your energy celebration) so that you advance forward to  successfully completing that goal.

Some of your goals can be completed short-term and others may take more time, but knowing in written and visual form that your goals are attainable as long as your energy attention flows, will renew your completion strength day by day and from marker to marker.

Here’s to your Chi in 2012.

The Year of the Rabbit

Question:  What is the Year of the Rabbit?

Symbol for the Year of the Rabbit

The year of the Rabbit starts 3 February 2011 and continues until 22 January 2012.  This year is the Year of the Metal Rabbit which means it is the fourth phase of Wu Xing.  Metal is yin in character, its motion is inwards and its energy is contracting.  Metal is associated with the Autumn, the west, old age, the planet Venus, the color white, dry weather, and the White Tiger (Bai Hu) in Four Symbols. The archetypal metals are silver and gold.

In Chinese Taoist thought, Metal attributes are considered to be firmness, rigidity, persistence, strength and determination.  The metal person is controlling, ambitious, forceful and set in their ways as metal is very strong; and they are self-reliant and prefer to handle their problems alone.  The metal person is also materialistic, business oriented and good at organization and stability.  However the metal person can also appreciate luxury and enjoy the good things in life.  Just as metal can conduct electricity, the Metal person has strong impulses and generative powers and can bring about changes and transformations for those who come into contact with them.

The Rabbit ( ) (also translated as Hare) is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the earthly branch symbol .  The Rabbit or Hare is also the emblem of longevity.

The year of the Rabbit portends a calmer, more placid vibration with an unhurried pace. This Year will allow for more relaxation, less stress and congenial relationships.   Relax, take a break away from the acidity and frenzy of 2010.  This would be a fortunate time to network more, explore different, more diverse, experiences that will add to the richness of who you are and what you know. says metal “gives Rabbits more strength, resilience and determination.” As a result, the site says, metal rabbits are “more intense in their actions, whether they’re work-related or romantic.”

Knowledge is a keyword in the Year of the Rabbit.  Read more books this year, expand your global knowledge by reading and studying authors whose ethnicity is different from yours or your cultural background.

The Year of the Rabbit appears to have great personal potential for improvement, relaxation, socialization, creativity, powerful relationships, tranquility and exposure. Make each day of this Year count by stretching your boundaries. Independently investigate your own truth, make new experiences and own them.

People are anxious to improve their circumstances but unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.” ~James Allen