I had the honor of speaking at the 1 Life Fully Lived conference this past weekend in Reno, NV. What an incredible weekend meeting and interacting with people who are passionate about life and want to follow the 1 Life motto:
"Dream it! Plan it! Live it"
While life can seem full of challenges, including debt and uncertainty, 1 Life brings together a community that teaches how to:
- Reconnect with your dreams
- Create a game plan to make those dreams a reality
- Develop and maintain financial independence
- Find flow in your body, mind, and soul!
In case you missed it, here are the top 10 takeaways I learned from the weekend!
1. Be willing to expand your perspective. Since I'm a relatively quiet and introspective person, you might not realize that I've been going through a personal metamorphosis over the past year. There have been growing pains, and many times of tears. While I have many tools to bring myself back into emotional balance, being in the presence of other big dreamers made me realize that my stress about the unknown is based mainly on a limited way of perceiving my choices.
2. Get a mentor. Some of the best people to help you see the numerous possibilities for your life, and ways to actualize your dreams, are mentors and coaches. It takes extreme vulnerability to reach out, expose your flaws, and ask for guidance. In doing so, it can also feel liberating. And, not only can you gain a trusted confidant that can help you navigate your course, but you have someone to keep you accountable along the way.
3. Build your tribe. In times of change, some of your relationships do, too, and your previous ones may not truly reflect the direction of your future. This is very much the case for me. I have lots of friends remaining from my college days, and others I have met over the past decade in Chico. However, I am a big dreamer. I love to adventure. I seek to have those around me who also share the same passion about living a full, meaningful life. It can be a slower process to build trust with new friends, but creating a network of support that upholds the next (and best) version of me can keep your internal spark aflame. So, who's in your tribe?
4. Be willing to be wrong. As Christopher Lockhead says, "most people are willing to be right and fail, than admit they were wrong and succeed." Roadblocks and hurdles are always valuable learning opportunities if we choose to see them that way. These lessons can make us better, and being "incorrect" in the process can be just the catalyst to an even better tomorrow.
5. Create a morning success routine. Hal Elrod, an incredible speaker who lived after a near-fatal head-on car collision, stressed the importance of a morning routine to start your day off right. Time in silence (prayer, meditation, reflection), journaling, and exercising are just a few of his Life S.A.V.E.R.S. that can add more energy, focus, and joy to each day. What do you do when you wake up? And is it creating the kinds of days you want? I'm shifting my habits around... you?
6. High performance begins in the heart. I spoke on the intelligence of the heart, and how it can be used to add energy to your life. When you experience feelings of appreciation, the rhythms of your heart actually change. Your heart rate variability, breathing patterns, and BP waves come into a coherent state. This creates the foundation your brain, body, and entire being to function at an optimal level. Who doesn't want that, right? Start this process for yourself by taking time today to write down 10 things you appreciate in your life now.
7. Love your life now. Many of us think we will experience more happiness when circumstances change in our lives. Yet, the truth is, we have to appreciate the life we have now (and create the internal atmosphere of satisfaction) before any real changes can be experienced externally. This can be a challenge for us, including me, when going through changes in life. I so appreciate the reminders that keep us in check, and this platform in which I can share these ideas. What do you love about your life right now?
8. Discover your life happiness index. Many people have recommended the movie, Happy. My goal this week is to watch it (I'll let you know what I think about it!). As David Osborn highlighted, it isn't the stuff in our lives that gives us a feeling of satisfaction. Instead, it's how we share our gifts, talents, and love in the world. Take time this week and list the areas of your life (such as life planning, love for work, relationships, hobbies, adventure/risk, giving back, etc) and rate your level of happiness on a scale of 1-10. Where you find lower number, indicating lower levels of happiness, you can start creating goals in those areas to make powerful transformations now!
9. Take incremental steps. In this get-things-now culture, it can be easy to want to achieve your goals now. Instead, find pleasure in the incremental steps. Find the areas you want to shift first and start there. I'm always comforted by the saying we use a lot in yoga, "it's not how the pose (or the end result) looks, but how you approach it that matters most." Whether on your mat or in life, purposeful and deliberate steps are best. Naturally, as a result, things will change.
10. Have fun! Approaching my desk on Mondays can feel overwhelming. Yet, the two-year old giggling and smiling next door already reminded me that playing and having fun is of utmost importance! So, even if you have a long to-do list today, how can you approach it with an attitude of play?
This is just the tip of the iceberg from the weekend! Learn more about the 1 Life philosophy here, and join us for an upcoming event near you. It is a two-day event that will change your life forever!!