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Theresa’s TNT (Tip ‘N Tool) 12 Steps to Organize Your Project   Leave a comment

“Sometimes if you’re not sure about something you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down.” – Danielle Steel

Today, I created a list of my top seven goals (who needs to wait until the New Year?); things I’ve been thinking about, but haven’t been acting on – at least not with an organized plan! Among my top three goals is publishing my next book, which will include 365 Tip ‘N Tools (one for each day of the year) on topics such as joy, health, safety, love, and belonging, among others. My mission is to inspire my readers to reconnect to their inner being, enhance their sense of happiness, and provide support to help them take consistent actions to fulfill their goals and dreams. The book will be based on more than 25 years of experience working with clients in the coaching, healing, and training fields.

I chose my writing project as the first among my seven goals to organize. Next, I created a plan to bridge the gap between where I am am now (just starting) and a date I deemed realistic for publishing my book. I then broke the project down into 12 steps I need to take, along with timelines, in order to reach my publication date. The process I just outlined helped me to organize and visualize my project in an orderly and doable way.

It’s easy to procrastinate on the things we would like to do, or experience, until we have a plan and take committed action. And when we do, we build our confidence, and feel energized and hopeful.

THIS WEEK’S TNT: 12 Steps to Organize Your Project

Step 1: Brainstorm a list of one to seven goals you would like to achieve, but haven’t yet acted on, or created a plan to attain it.

Step 2: From the list of goals you brainstormed, choose one that most energizes and excites you.

***Step 3: Decide on a realistic date for accomplishing it.***

Step 4: “Bridge the gap,” by breaking your goal down into manageable and achievable steps you know you can accomplish.

Stretch yourself, but make the steps attainable.

For instance, if you want to write a book, one step might be researching publishers who publish the type of content you wish to write about.

Step 5: Create realistic timelines for completing each of the steps you outlined above, in order to reach your target date.

Step 6: See if the date for completing your project lines up with your timelines, or if you need to adjust it.

For instance, using the example of publishing a book, if your target date for publication is February 30, 2019, but it will take you until April 1, 2019 to complete all of the steps in your plan, adjust your target date accordingly.

If you like, schedule each step into your calendar to remind you of your actions, and reinforce your timelines.

Step 7:  Print out your action plan and place it where you can see it.

Step 8: Create a plan to address resistance, when and if it should occur.

For instance, you can talk with a supportive friend, join a writer’s group (if writing is your goal), or hire a coach or other professional who can help you through the process.

You can also reflect on what’s getting in the way, and how you can address it.

Step 9: Follow-through on the steps you have committed to.

Step 10: If you find yourself struggling, imagine yourself being support, and carried along by the process.

Step 11: Acknowledge each step you complete and celebrate your successes!

For instance, as you complete each piece of your plan, stop and savor the feelings of satisfaction, joy, and achievement.  

Step 12: Use the same process to complete your other projects when you’re ready!

As long as you keep moving forward, you’re guaranteed to cross the bridge!

***Note: You can also write your timelines first, and then establish your projected completion date.

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Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Author and Workshop Facilitator with more than 25 years experience. Theresa specializes in helping her clients manage their stress, realize their dreams, and create healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.

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Theresa’s TNT (Tip ‘N Tool) Adjust Your Sails   Leave a comment

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

Change can be scary, and fear of the unknown can keep us stuck in our tracks. To the outside world we may appear to be happy and comfortable. But are we?

As you many of you know, I made a major change in my life earlier this year when I relocated to Trieste, Italy. Sure, I had fear, anxiety and doubts. Who wouldn’t? After all, I was moving away from friends and family and creating a total life overhaul. It took two years to get here, but one day, one step at a time, I made it. And so can you. Your dreams may be different than mine – perhaps you would like to learn a new skill, take an art or dance class, change jobs, begin or end a relationship or pursue any number of goals that you have put on the back burner.

Our brains are hardwired to think the worst. It’s a survival mechanism inherited from our ancestors and designed to keep us alive when lions, tigers and dinosaurs threatened our very existence. Despite the news, which focuses on sensationalism and negativity, statistics show that the world is safer today than it was in the past, yet we are conditioned to think the opposite.***

So what to do? And how do you adjust your sails to reach your desired destination when fear is keeping you anchored to your comfort zone? Is the change you would like to make really as threatening as it seems? To whom or what are you listening to? The ancient part of your brain or your inner wisdom, which is always for your greater good and happiness?

THIS WEEK’S TNT

Set aside some quiet time. Have paper and pen handy. Take a few deep breaths and answer the following questions:

What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but were afraid of doing?

What’s the worst that could happen if you do it?

What’s holding you back?

Are the obstacles that are holding you back real, or thoughts you’ve come to believe are true?

What’s one thing you can do to move forward?

Are you ready to do it?

What’s one action you can take this week to pursue it?

As always, I would love to hear your comments.

With love, Theresa

***Check out Steven Pinker’s research online or read his book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature” to learn more about his findings.

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Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach, Reconnective Healing® Practitioner, and Workshop Facilitator with more than 25 years experience. Theresa specializes in helping her clients manage their stress, realize their dreams and create happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

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Message From The Divine: How to Welcome More Grace   Leave a comment

Preamble

Are you in a season of lack or abundance? So much of what we experience depends on how open we are to receive that which we desire. This week’s Message From The Divine*** provides a reminder for how we can experience more of what we want.

With love,

Theresa

***Messages From The Divine stem from inspiration writings and recordings created during my morning meditation. While they are answers to questions I ask about myself, they are universal in nature and may be helpful to you, as well. They are included here with little or no editing.

Message From The Divine: How To Welcome More Grace

“God wants to give you the desires of your heart.” – Joel Osteen

Be willing to receive and you will see the fruits of your desires manifest before you.

The gifts you desire cannot penetrate a closed door.

Let the Light shine through –

Even a speck will do

And you will experience God’s Grace

Unencumbered.

Would like to experience more Grace in your life? 

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Happy Mother’s Day to One and All! Quotes to Inspire.   Leave a comment

Preamble

Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there! And, as we all give birth to ideas, dreams, and the lives we create, we are all mothering something!  I wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy, and joy-filled Mother’s Day! May you give birth to the gifts and talents you are here to share and treat them with loving care.

Happy Mother’s Day to One and All! Quotes to Inspire

“Hear Your Own Music.” – Dr. Eric Pearl

We all have special gifts and talents to share. So,in our own ways, we are part of the creation process, giving birth to new ideas through our words, our thoughts, our actions and imaginations. The things we create, whether tangible nor not, are like our children – and we must care for and nurture them in order for them to excel and grow.Whether we birth something tangible, that we can hold and touch, such as a baby, a book, a product, or birth something such as peace, love and gentleness, when we act from inspiration, our creations bring greater Light and Joy into the world and are part of our personal stories and missions. They feed us as much as, or more than, they feed and nourish the world.As I was sitting at The Red Pipe Cafe yesterday, in between coaching clients, I was inspired to include a few of my favorite quotes in this week’s blog. May they inspire your creations.
“Begin to practice taking small steps, doing the things you’ve avoided doing before, experiencing “little” risks and “little” adventures until your love of doing what you want and your experience at taking risks makes you confident enough that living your biggest dream is only one more “little” risky step.” – Barbara Sher
“Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others.
And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” – Deepak Chopra”Success comes when you move unerringly forward, rejecting all that tends to distract you from your master plan.” – Catherine Ponder”Think of your work life, therefore, not as separate from your spiritual life, but as central to your spiritual life. Whatever your business, it is your ministry.” – Marianne WilliamsonAnd one of my own:
“What scares you can free you when you start taking steps to have what you truly desire.”

Wishing you a very happy, healthy, joy-filled Mother’s Day!  May all of your relations be filled with joy, peace, beauty and love.
As always, I would love to hear your comments. Just click on the “Leave a Comment” tab at the top of the page to leave yours.With love,
Theresa
  
Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach, Reconnective Healing® Practitioner and Workshop Facilitator. She is the author of “I Am the Treasure,” a book of inspirational poetry, and creator of “Harvest Your Light,” a guided meditation program. Theresa has created and facilitated workshops on stress management, work/life balance, intuition development and other topics for law firms, hospitals, higher education, and other organizations. Theresa specializes in helping her clients gain clarity and direction about their life paths and guides them in identifying and achieving their dreams. For more information, please visit Theresa’s website or contact her at Theresa@reconnecting2you.com.

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Your Best Place   Leave a comment

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s the first of March. Firsts always bring a sense of renewal and excitement, whether it’s the start of a new month, project, relationship or adventure. Each “first” is a part of our personal journey and, if when we let them, open doors that expand and enrich our lives.

 “How you view life makes all the difference in world.” – Joel Osteen

Years ago, after finishing a four-year program as a Practitioner at the Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle, I was looking for a volunteer position as a way to give back to my community. I contacted two therapists whose work I resonated with and respected. One was a grief counselor, named Bonnie, whose support group I attended at Unity Church after my mother died. The other was Leonard Shaw, a therapist who was conducting workshops on Love and Forgiveness at the Washington State Reformatory, and whose program I attended a year or so prior at a local organization in Seattle.

I initially called Bonnie, as we had a personal connection, and she was the first to come to mind. I tried several times and left a few messages, but all to no avail.  I let it go and knew there must be another answer.  Shortly thereafter, I thought of Leonard and the work he was doing at the prison; perhaps he could use a hand. I found his number on an old brochure and gave him a call. The phone rang twice, then he picked up and said hello. I introduced myself, somewhat nervously as we hadn’t formally met, and shared my idea with him. He laughed as he told me he had been looking for someone to facilitate another program at the reformatory.  Voila! The Universe answered and we were both delighted!

Although it usually took quite some time for a new program to be approved and move through the prison’s bureaucracy, the doors flung open after contacting the person in charge of volunteers that Leonard had referred me to.  I attended an orientation, submitted a program proposal, and within a few short weeks began facilitating a monthly support group with inmates, their families and other prison volunteers as participants.

Working at a maximum security prison has its challenges, as you can imagine, but I was blown away by how open and receptive the inmates were.  True, not all, but I grew to love and respect the ones I met and who so openly shared their experiences while participating in mine and Leonard’s programs.

I began my group with a healing meditation and passed around Angel Cards and a Talking Stone. We sat in a circle and took turns sharing our feelings and thoughts, and the insights we gained from the Angel Cards we choose, with full attention on the person who was speaking. I then facilitated an interactive exercise, such as drawing, storytelling or watching and restructuring our thoughts.  My intention for the group was to help the men take responsibility for their choices and the direction in which they wanted their lives to go. The foundation of the group was healing.

Here are a few of their comments:

“You have a way of making everyone feel like that they are a worthwhile and loving human being.” – Bill

“You have given me a glimpse of what I can become if I so choose.” – Michael

“I love your ability to share with others, without expectation, truths you have discovered and live by from your own experiences.” – Vern

My work at the reformatory was one of the most rewarding experiences of my 30-year career. I often exited the prison grounds feeling like I received so much more than I gave and left with a heart full of gratitude.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, attending Leonard’s workshop a year prior to contacting him was the first step in bringing my work to the prison. Bonnie’s lack of reply was the second.

Although you may feel discouraged when things don’t work out the way you planned, or take longer than you wish, there’s always another door waiting for you to open it. It may even lead to someplace better than you expected.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.  Please click the “Comments” tab at the top of the page to share them.

Richest blessings,

Theresa

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Theresa Conti is a Certified Life Coach, Reconnective Healing® Practitioner and Workshop Facilitator. She is the author of “I Am the Treasure,” a book of inspirational poetry, and creator of “Harvest Your Light,” a guided meditation program. Theresa has created and facilitated workshops on stress management, work/life balance, and other topics for law firms, hospitals, higher education, and other organizations. Theresa specializes in helping her clients gain clarity and direction about their life paths and guides them in identifying and achieving their dreams. For more information, please visit Theresa’s website or contact her at Theresa@reconnecting2you.com.

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