The Power of Focus

January 23, 2015

What’s your vision for 2015? You’ve probably set some intentions or resolutions or goals. But what’s your overriding theme for the year?

Last year, for the first time, I decided it would be fun to pick a single word as my theme for the entire year — something that would envelope all of my goals and intentions for myself both personally and professionally.

I settled on the word “expansion”. That felt really big to me and had a lot of energy behind it when I thought about it. I just “knew” that big changes were ahead of me.

WHEW! I couldn’t have been more on target! Last year really was a big year. I hosted my first global speaker summit, the largest and most growth-expanding project I’ve ever undertaken in my business.

Hosting a summit challenged my confidence in approaching well-known speakers and authors, my organization, my delegating (could have done better in that area, I’ll admit), my energy and stamina, my technology skills and my ability to maintain balance in my life (could’ve done better in that area as well, just ask my husband!), and SO MUCH MORE.

On a personal level, in great part due to the above, I grew exponentially as well. You just don’t take on a project of that magnitude without making some giant leaps internally.

The power of that kind of focus is immeasurable.

It gives you a quick and easy way to make decisions, even without having to go back and revisit your goals. If it doesn’t fit in with your theme, you just don’t give it much thought. You can immediately either back-burner or toss it.

That brings me to the next powerful tool that works hand in hand with having a theme – a Vision Board. I’m on my 4th or 5th Vision Board now I think. I keep perfecting the process and adding to it.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I’m excited to announce that due to popular demand, I’m leading another Vision Board playshop this month!

Now, this is not your run-of-the-mill Vision Board. Oh no. You’ll have fun not only with paint and images, but you’ll incorporate the emphasis of the Chinese New Year (which this year is the Ram) AND the power of Feng Shui AND you’ll experience a new self-discovery process to assist you in tapping into what really lights you up on that deep spiritual level.

The playshop is happening Saturday January 31st. I’m partnering with Inspire San Diego Studio who will be hosting the event. Their studio is a wonderful setting for this kind of soul-ful work.

WHAT: Feng Shui Vision Board (with a twist)
WHEN: January 31st
TIME: 12-3 p.m.
WHERE: Inspire SD Studio
TICKETS: Purchase HERE

I’ve had people tell me that they’ve done vision boards before but that “they weren’t like yours” and “you made the experience fresh”.

Here’s what a couple of past participants have had to say:

“Thanks. This is great for inspiration & creativity. Fun! Fun! Fun!” Sue H.

“Nice format. Loved the Chinese New Year info.”

“Wonderful!”

“Loved having the space to do this important visioning. Nice approach.” Nancy G.

Grab your seat now while you can as the studio has limited seating.

We’ll supply all of the materials including paint and poster and even the magazines, but feel free to bring any images that you’ve been collecting. I also suggest bringing a few personal photos of you, your family, etc. to include to put YOU in your vision board, but make sure they’re photos from a happy time that give you a warm fuzzy feeling when you look at them.

Go HERE to grab your spot!

With good energy,

Debra Wilson Guttas

 

 

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It’s time for an internal “spring cleaning”! The vernal, or Spring Equinox occurred at 9:57 a.m. PDT today and Sunday, was a full moon – a perfect time for letting go and starting fresh!

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Our ancestors used this time to plant their crops in anticipation of the harvest around the time of the Autumn Equinox, six months from now.  In the same way, you can use this time to plant the seeds of what you want to create as you now have extra energy to support you in manifesting what you set your sights on.

Lena, from The Power Path states:

“Celebrate all of your New Beginnings especially the ones you have recently committed to. Be grateful for all of your support both seen and unseen. If there are things you have yet to dissolve and complete, create a ritual where you can eliminate them symbolically through burning or burial or some other funeral activity. Then bless all the new energies you are working using flowers, water and light. This is such a potent time to honor both where you have been and where you are going. It is a bridge between the old and the new, death and rebirth, the past and the future. Make your prayers count today and be in gratitude.”

If you’d like some inspiration for some fun ways to celebrate the Spring Equinox, click the link to this blog post I found.

I’d love to hear how YOU”RE celebrating this special time of year! Please leave your comment below.

Happy Spring!

Debra Wilson Guttas

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I’m not a big sports fanatic. In fact, I watch very little sports on TV.

Yesterday’s Superbowl game between Denver and Seattle was painful to watch.

It was hard to believe from watching that game that Denver had even won the opportunity to be there! They had a point deficit in the first few minutes of play that seemed to send them on a downhill spiral.

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Seattle on the other hand, came out like Bulldogs. They had never won in this arena and their determination and desire to win were palpable.

I couldn’t help but wonder, “Where was the team who had beaten my home team, the Chargers, 17-24 in the playoffs only a few weeks before?” That team and the one I saw yesterday were like two different animals!

I like a game with a lot of tension; where you get the feeling both teams want the win equally and fight hard for victory.

That was missing yesterday. I didn’t feel the tension. It felt like a slam dunk. I didn’t feel Denver’s desire to win. Not once. It felt like they gave in before they started. Did you feel it? It was weird.

There are a number of principles here that can be applied to life:

1) Find or know your competition’s weakness and hit it, hit it hard. Seattle found the weakness in Denver’s offense and pummeled it over and over again. Another way to reframe this, be crystal clear on what makes you different from others who do what you do.

2) Be relentless. Even with a 29-0 spread (in the third quarter!), Seattle never let up. They added one score on top of another so that there’d be no possible way Denver could ever close the gap.

3) Who’s got your back? Manning had throw after throw clipped, intercepted and literally grabbed from his hands. It didn’t matter how good he was, his team didn’t watch his back or protect his moves. You can’t do it alone. We all need a good team to back us.

The bottom line difference between Denver and Seattle yesterday? Seattle wanted to win, and they wanted it BAD. Nothing, I mean nothing was getting in their way to victory.

Do you sometimes encounter some initial resistance when embarking on something new and throw in the towel saying “It shouldn’t be this hard.” “Maybe it wasn’t meant to be.” “It mustn’t have been a very good idea.”

I’ve been quoted as saying that “When you follow your life’s purpose, life gets easier.” I’d like to add to that statement by stating that “Sometimes your resolve is tested.”

It’s almost like the Universe asking “How bad do you really, really want it?”

Debra Wilson Guttas

 

 

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