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Are you showing your colors today? It’s Flag Day! Three Tips To Living A Blue Life.

Three Tips to Live a Blue Life

No one wants to be in the red, and wouldn’t you rather be in the blue, yes a blue life!  There are two things that contribute to your success. Being in the right place at the right time and having the confidence to handle whatever comes your way is definitely being in the blue!  Yet, contrary to your success, there are a few factors to master, so you can always be in the Blue.

Yes, I’m talking about blue elixirs.  How much do they cost? Hopefully, when they taste good you’ll consume and if they don’t, you’ll take it anyway.  I’m sure you’ve heard about the places around the globe where both men and women live to be centenarians, not just aging seniors but vibrant active centenarians.  They live in international communities where the local services provided are all you need to live a rich blue life. These are Blue Zones, which author and researcher, Dan Buettner looked for the common lifestyle links around the globe and identified locations described as longevity hotspots.  They are in Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; and Nicoya, Costa Rica.   Are you noticing a pattern here?

Every CEO Knows this Executive Tip

Transitions, we all have them.

Transformation, we all want them, one at one time or multiple times in areas of our life.

Remember the excitement

Remember the excitement of bringing home a new puppy or kitten.  All the wonder of learning about this new little pet in your life and how much you changed as a result of taking care of your new family member.  You probably even changed your daily routine as a result of the new pet.  Remember how much you learned about being a pet owner.   And what did your new puppy or kitten give you in return, once in a while a little mess on the floor but more importantly their unconditional love.

You have the opportunity to embrace a new opportunity or aspect of your life the same way.  It can alter the routine and habits you currently have, but the rewards will be unconditional and you’ll even find you feel better about yourself in ways you didn’t know.  We are at the phase of life when we feel good about what we do for ourselves and others.  It has a longer lasting effect now.

You can decide about a new pet, or a new opportunity in your life the same way you view a personal transformation.  It’s about taking the step forward to identify how you feel squeezed and what isn’t working and how to move toward letting go of your own dissatisfaction and frustration. As much as you want a life changing transformation, there’s the painful part after you’ve made the decision where you have to do the work to have a transformation.  And that doesn’t even guarantee, it’s a successful transformation.  Transformation is about success and we do not move backward.  It is about the experience and learning to move forward.

The Question

The question that causes people the most challenge is: How long will this stage in the middle take?  Isn’t it ironic how we can put up with a part of our life where we are unhappy and then we wake up and make the decision (because we won’t tolerate it anymore), we want instant results.  I get it, I’ve been there too.

I’ve had many transitions in my life.  At one time, I was known as the “transition lady.” My job was to help others going through job change and moving.   I helped people in their “upheaval” as others called it until they transformed to their next role.  I’ve done it myself.  It does feel at times like everything is thrown up in the air and who knows how it will land when it comes back.  I’ve learned it’s all good.  There was more positive that resulted in all my transitions.

CEO’s have shared with me that transformation are always a matter of choice.  You see the target that keeps moving in front of you.  It was at a distance so it was easy to watch it until it became very close to you and then, you crossed the threshold.  Now you have two choices, step aside or move and understand the accelerator may go fast or slow with the change.  Accept where you are and start the change process.

My life is in continual change.  I made that decision and accept all the excitement it brings.  It’s a point many CEO’s have shared with me.  You accept the fast accelerator of change and your awesome life follows.  Don’t you want that for yourself?

Decision to Transform

I guarantee your moving forward will be exciting and rewarding.  The decision to transform may be the most difficult one for you.  The period of change can be unforgiving, since we don’t know how long it will last but you do have control over how slow or fast you want to go.  CEO’s admit going slow is painful, just like slowly tearing a band aid off a wound.  It is the space of leaving the old and entering the new threshold that is uncomfortable.  In the end, the new place of transformation shows up and when you can see what is available, you embrace it. 2017 has a lot of change in store for us, why not decide what you’d like to change and have an exciting year as well.  You will be glad you did.  Regardless of your job status, marital status, or monetary status, a bigger life is waiting for you.  It is the change you’ve been talking about and weren’t sure you were ready for.  Now, it is up to you to take the first step.  You can discover more about yourself and what makes you happy because letting go of where you are and the lack of what you have is not what you want to continue to experience.

The Impact of Imagine

Did John Lennon have any idea of the impact his song “Imagine” would have?

The lyrics are filled with hope and understanding for living in a peaceful world.  John Lennon wrote beautiful lyrics for so many of his songs, but this one in particular makes us feel the desire for peace. It has always struck me to identify his vision of the world and our destiny of what we hold true to preserve peace.  It is a precious commodity.  Or was it because his son was more than a toddler at the time it was written.  Was he thinking about the legacy for the younger generation?  John’s latter years of life were devoted to being in a peaceful place, “Give Peace a Chance.”

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too.

Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need…”

Can you imagine your greatest opportunity?

Imagine your greatest opportunity to give peace a chance in your life, with a loved one or someone you don’t really see eye to eye.  We need to be open to “new opportunities” and “experiences” with others, so we can see the world in a new peaceful place.

You can show up to any situation to have a different outcome rather than feeling stuck in what did or didn’t happen in a relationship or in the past.  You carry this burden with you, the feelings are stored in your muscles or shoulders as additional weight of frustration or dissatisfaction in yourself.

When you show up with less expectation and respond where you are today, you’re open to what can be in your future.

Imagine all the people living in peace, yes, you can be a dreamer,” having a vision of life in a different or calmer place, you can see everything differently.

Being on the cusp of change in our future and in the country, is the time to show how every individual can change to make an impression that is lasting on where we live and who we impact in our lives.  We love to see how we can make the world a better place and it starts with you and me.

Where are the places that are meaningful to you to show your impression of change and to make an impression with everyone?

You can do this.

Everyone has more impact than they realize.  We realize the impact when we individually embrace the change that is in our future.  You can do this when you feel you have the life that you desire and want to share it with others.

The life you choose is up to you.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant.  Life can be simple and humble.  It is the life you choose that satisfies who you are and what is important to you.  Life is about connections, and relationships and conversations.  Peace is all about connections and conversations with good outcomes.