Do Leopards Change Their Spots?

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Namibie_Etosha_Leopard_01editYears ago I overheard one of my associates, who I deeply respected, say:  “Leopards don’t change their spots.”   Now I knew this man to be someone who stayed out of personal judgement and always sought to make fair assessments of people.  Hearing him say this deeply troubled me because at that time I was fighting a very personal battle in my life that would take me years to defeat.

During the weeks and months that followed as I was struggling to overcome the challenge I was facing his statement would return to my mind…

“Leopards don’t change their spots.” 

This would replay in my mind at least every other day.  I began to feel hopeless.  Afterall, I thought, “he must be right.  He is so fair-minded and so full of wisdom.  I guess this is just who I am.  I’m a lost cause.  I am unworthy.”

It would be years later, as I was comforting someone I cared for deeply, when I heard myself say:

“That’s the wonderful thing about life!  It changes on a dime!  If you don’t like who you are or what you are doing; step out just like you stepped in!  It’s that simple!”

And it was!   I realized that day, of all the animals in the world, I think the Leopard is among the most beautiful and so was I. I had been living far below my privileges as a beautiful, intelligent divine human being.  It was then I stepped out & stepped up and into my potential!

It is never too late for any of us to step into our potential.

 LEOPARDS DO CHANGE THEIR SPOTS! 

Sometimes WHAT WE DO is not who we are!  The challenge is to know the difference!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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3 Minutes of Regret

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seedling-300x285Every new idea or dream is like a seed.  At the beginning of the year I spent several days going back through my journals, goals and vision.  I read all the way to 2009 in an effort to connect with my purpose and gain clarity around my vision.  What I found was that I had known my purpose FOR YEARS!  My heart was heavy with regret and I heard my inner voice asking “Why? Why didn’t you pull the trigger on the achievement of my dreams years ago?”  I gave myself three minutes of regret time and then I started  looking for the lessons.

Here is what I learned:

1.  Every new idea is like a seed. All seeds that grow have an incubation and gestation period. That is what these past years have been for me, my incubation and gestation period.

2.  The more in touch you are with your life’s purpose and the more clarity you have around your vision, the shorter the incubation and gestation time will be.

3.  Having clarity allows you to pull the trigger sooner to launch your dreams and you are more prepared to recognize and seize opportunities that come your way.

Clarity of purpose and vision insures that your seed will grow quickly and grow strong!  It’s a grand accelerator!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

 

 

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A wise man once said: To live a life of achievement and fulfillment your days would be broken into three parts.  Every 24 hours would encompass 8 hours of work, 8 hours of play and 8 hours of sleep.With my new year unfolding before me I am finding this to be true.  As I reflected on the several years past I found myself asking the same question over & over…

“How is it that I never achieved that?” 

One example of this is clearly graphed on my Medifast goal page.  For two years my goal has been to achieve a body weight of 140 lbs.  How is it that I never achieved that in all this time?  The answer came as I reflected on my daily agenda.  My intentions were there in BIG BOLD LETTERS!  Monday through Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 AM it says WORK OUT  yet the action item to insure success was completed only about 9% of the time.

As I pondered this I realized the problem.  This task was created based on a goal in my mind but that goal was never connected to a purpose.  With no purpose in sight, there was committment to the goal or the task.  WOW!  Now I get it!

Realizing this I immediately began to question myself.  Why do you want to work out?  I quickly realized that I don’t want to, but I need to!  This past year has presented some health issues that I’ve not known prior.  What those issues taught me is that if I am to be emotionally and spiritually healthy, I must be physically healthy.   I mean really, have you ever felt really engaged, productive and focused when you were sick?

In this new awareness I wrote out a paragraph of what my “perfect” life looked like.  I set my goals in order of importance in the following categories.

#1 – Spiritual Health                                                                                                         #2 – Physical Health                                                                                                         #3 – Financial Health                                                                                                         #4 – Professional Health

Since my spiritual wellbeing was of highest importance to me I immediately time-blocked into each day time for spiritual worship and time with family and friends.  I then set about blocking one hour a day for my workout (this time six days a week!)  The difference being, now the work outs are tied to several purposes.

1.  Looking great for my upcoming trip to Maui!                                                              2.  Staying healthy to avoid those nasty health issues I experienced in 2012.  3.  Probably the biggest purpose for staying physically & spiritually healthy is so I am able to make a contribution in the lives of the people within my sphere instead of a withdraw.

Feeling tired, sick and needy all the time is a horrible place to live!

My top priorities had been accommodated after time blocking the daily action items necessary to keep me spiritually & physically healthy.  I then was able to move on and time-block my professional and financial goals.

Having a clear view of my daily agenda and looking at it last night before I went to bed was so exciting to me that I woke up before the alarm went off!  I just couldn’t wait to get to do my blog today!  (But that wasn’t going to happen until 2:00 PM.  So here I am finally and I’ve looked forward to it all day!

I think this is what Jack Canfield is talking about when he talks about happiness is living a life by design!

My first Jazzercise class is at 4:30… I’ll let you know how it goes.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

P.S.  If you haven’t read Jack’s book – The Success Principles you really should. It’s on my recommended reading list.  LIFE CHANGING!