(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) I don’t know about you, but I have barely begun to grasp that it’s 2013, and now they’re playing “Jingle Bells” in Walgreens. How did this happen? The months zipped by like red Camaros. And now there is the “reckoning” with ourselves– did we use and live our year the way we meant to? If you’re feeling as though you wish you’d moved closer to your ultimate dreams, I have a story/ritual to share. I want to give you a pivotal way to open to the abundance that is heading your way right now. When my latest book Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! first got released into hard cover, I was feeling anxious and fearful, about how much I “hadn’t gotten done,” and how the time had crept up on me. I hadn’t finished designing the website. I hadn’t come up with a book launch and I hadn’t become confident, pithy, slim, or organized or blonde. I couldn’t sleep. I felt like I was running out of chances, and running out of steam. I had such a limited time to become perfect, and I was so far behind. If I’d met you at a party, my name badge would have said, “Hello, I’m Overwhelmed.” I drove to the mountains to see this woman, a coach, a friend had mentioned. We talked and then we hiked to a field where a raging stream ran. Sign up to receive the newsletter because we know you want to finish reading this Mojo Messsage from Tama!
(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) Some of you may be celebrating this Thanksgiving with hugs, easy conversation, turkey and pumpkin pie. Yet some of you may feel stranded, like the marble that rolled away from the group, stuck with the dust bunnies in outer space or abandoned under the buffet. And some of you may feel stranded in broad daylight, surrounded by people, feeling invisible, or worse yet, as visible and broken as a car wreck on the side of the road, strangers gathering to gawk at the shattered glass. For many, the holidays can bring up discomfort. They can be some weird checkpoint in life–where you find yourself comparing your entire life to the fantasies you have in your head of how your cousin, neighbor, or sister-in-law is pulling it off. Let me tell you something, no one is pulling this off. No one is spared challenge or confusion in this life. Everyone, consciously or not, is seeking to find peace, comfort and communion with their own soul. Anyway, I don't know about you, but in holidays past, I've had the feeling of standing in some bad, funky, psychodrama, and feeling as though my head is a big pink balloon floating away from my neck and onto the ceiling. And that's before I touched the alcohol. There are those easy breezy questions people ask, stuffing celery sticks and chips into their mouth. "So what are you doing these days?" they ask. And you stand there paralyzed, thinking to yourself, "Well, if I knew what I was doing, do you really think I'd have 200 self-help books, a peak performance coach, a therapist, a Vedic astrologer, and a medium?" Sometimes, I find myself itching to answer these questions with, "Could you be more specific? When you say, what are you doing these days, do you mean on the astral planes or do you mean in physical time?" Of course if you luck out, some celebrity may have died recently and you can pick apart their lives and spare your own. So whatever your holiday experience might be, this Thanksgiving Day, I'm inviting you to my table. It's a table of soul, and it's big. It includes all of us, even those of you around the world, who don't celebrate this tradition. And wherever you are, you can […]
(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) They say the ice caps are melting, the earth is heating up and the world economies are cooling down. Maybe some part of you is frightened by the unprecedented fluctuations. But another part of you, a light gobbling super freak, is clapping its eternal hands in joy. These are the times we came for. This is what we trained for. We’re in times of the greatest changes, to help us make our greatest changes. It’s evolution’s love song to itself. It’s the necessary forest fire to clear out dead wood and encourage new growth, a stronger strain, to flourish. Where do you want to grow right now? Where is the sap rising in you? It’s time to follow your gut and become a change agent, one who can affect the course of humanity, by changing who you think you are, and what you think is possible. The times are ready for you now. In the Gift of Change, Marianne Williamson writes “Millions of people feel called in their souls to the task of global transformation, wanting to be its agents in a monumental shift from a world of fear to a world of love.” Ernest Holmes in This Thing Called You teaches, “Create or perish is the eternal mandate of nature.” And “This pattern is seeking to manifest through you… it is the will and purpose of the universe… it will win.” But then there’s the “Who, Me?” Complex… Sign up to receive the newsletter because we know you want to finish reading this Mojo Messsage from Tama! Action Steps Anyone? What can you do to deepen your walk of listening to yourself and nurturing yourself in this lifetime? Where are you being called to trust yourself? Have you read This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love and also Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! Both, while talking about creating the work you love, are really about this Great Adventure of trusting an inner voice—and feeling beloved, over and over again, despite self-doubts . Grab a journal or write your answers on the blackboard of your heart: (or post on the blog here)
Resumes don’t make you safe. Credentials don’t make you safe. Only passion is your ticket to stability. Everything in the world can change, except your true nature. You were born to do what you were born to do. Recently, I’ve been asked by media (including USA Today) and bloggers, across the country…in this tumultuous job climate and economy—as a national career expert—do I see any Safe Road? Here’s how one blogger posed the question: There comes a point for many people when they become exhausted and unfulfilled trying to follow the conventional path to success and disillusioned by the American Dream. It's practically an epidemic these days. Some peek around and decide they are too afraid of uncertainty and go back to sleep at the wheel. More and more people these days, however, find themselves overwhelmingly compelled to leave the safety and security of their current career and make a leap of faith to follow their true calling. You say in your book Inspired and Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! that playing it safe is actually pretty dangerous. Is there such a thing as The Safe Road? And my answer: Oh yes there is! I teach all my clients that “In times of uncertainty, true passion is your greatest job security.” I don’t mean that you have to leave a job. But I do want you to follow a direction that thrills you or gives you the feeling of fitting into your own skin. Think about it. The wealthiest people on the planet are those who pursued their passions, not the ones who denied them. (Oprah, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, movie stars, etc.) Your true calling is endlessly sustainable and it gives you a distinctive edge. You have more love, stamina, resourcefulness and creativity when you utilize your talents. You are also more willing to stretch and grow in arenas that move you. When you do work you love, it gives you more confidence and energy. When you don’t do work you love, it depletes you in every area of your life. Think about it. If you’ve been this successful doing work you don’t love, what could you do with work you do love? Sure, you can will power your way through for a while at work you don’t love. But when you love something, you shine. It’s natural. You bring extra juice and exude charisma. There’s something […]
(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) “I want to leave my mark on the world,” one of my career coaching clients whispers to me in a conspiratorial tone. I hear the years passing by in her mind. “Does your life leave its mark on you?” I ask her. Lately, I’ve begun to watch how much we are deeply missing our own lives, pushing ahead to be first in line, with deprivation and unworthiness in our hearts. I want you to give to the world—but from all the love you have given to yourself. I want you to see how amazing you are in this very moment. I want you to take in your milestones right now, instead of the miles between you and your ever-changing goals. I want you to look in your rearview mirror and take in how far you’ve come, in everything. If you do not cultivate this voice of conscious self-appreciation, the voice of despondency and discounting spawns more pain and miles to go. As many of you know, my latest book Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! just got released into paperback this month. It’s a big deal to me. I’ve also had an article done on me in USA Today. I am trying to not just keep rushing on with other deadlines, but to take this moment of my life into my cells, for myself and for all of us who dare to obey our own inspired instincts in this lifetime. I want to pick bouquets for myself– not the self who got featured in the media. I want to pick flowers for the self who attempted this journey when there was no contract, agent, publisher or media in sight and plenty of bills and relatives who averted their eyes or shook their heads. I want to celebrate that part of me that sobbed when she didn’t get certain speaking engagements, but who spoke to whoever would listen instead. She’s the one who got me here. It isn’t the poised one who is the star. It’s the one who was freaked out of her mind, but who chose to trust in love instead of fear, one desperate minute at a time, until she created a life that has others believing in their own powers, too. Sign up to […]
(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) When it comes to creating the work you love, it's all about learning to cultivate faith. I'd say having faith in your journey is more important than brushing your teeth. Then again, I do much of my work on the phone. "But how do I have faith when things don't work out?" my clients ask. "Where does Spirit go, when I'm freaking out?" I have a gazillion answers. But this month I want to tell you about a miracle I had years ago. I'm hoping it will nourish you and help you become the unstoppable agent of love that you are meant to be. Years ago, I facilitated a workshop at a women's retreat held at an eco-resort in the breathtaking Mayan Riviera, in Mexico. I remember the moment I arrived. I stared at this remote beach of glittering aqua blue water and untouched white sand. I began to cry. The beauty stung me. It rattled me and stilled me. My travel sweat evaporated. I felt naked and robed at the same time, emptied and filled. And most of all, I felt very, very loved. I felt loved in that moment, loved in the past, and loved for all time—because that’s the nature of real love. Before arriving, I'd had a week that had challenged my confidence and faith ten ways till Sunday. I felt weary inside, tired of giving myself constant pep talks just to function. Surely, other people know how to get through a day without questioning their entire existence, and, on top of that, wondering what really could have been, if only they had caught that 48 hour sale at Macy’s. But standing in that hypnotic, warm water, recognizing that my inner voice had brought me here, I remember feeling, "I am always cared for." It just suddenly seemed logical. And then it was global and universal, too. I could not be this loved in this moment and forgotten in the next. The nature of this love was all encompassing. I realized, then, a truth that changed my life: Sacred love is consistent. See, the Universe isn't like a rotten boyfriend who loses interest in you if, say, you gain some extra pounds or chins. Spirit never forgets your birthday or any day in which you exist. The love of the […]
Are you tired of work that doesn’t match your soul– or the breadth of your talent? Well, I want you to seize a turquoise bolt of lightning. But you can’t reach it, while you hang out in your “swamp.” It takes an intermission to find a mission. It’s easy to get discouraged as you listen to the recycled conversations at work. It’s easy to think that you have “too many passions” to find your calling– or that you could never sell your pottery on an international level. But these beliefs are as real as lime green monsters slobbering in your closet. Did you know that everything that currently “freaks you out”—could melt in minutes in the presence of your joy? Your creative mind has insights your linear mind does not. Changing your life is not a head thing. It’s a heart, soul, vibration, shaman, shift kind of thing. It’s about tasting your Real Life again—or for the singular first time. It’s awakening to the brilliant self you have forgotten. Albert Einstein said, “You can’t solve a problem at the level of the problem.” You have to experience something else. So that’s my assignment to you. Forget your repetitive fears. Can you allow yourself to have a soul-adventure that raises you above and beyond every one of your problems? Is that a day of playing with your camera or taking a workshop in chanting in the moonlight? Taste your untainted magnificent self. That self knows another life. Begin again. I know you will find the exact open door that you need. But just in case you’re looking for a next right opportunity to experience your singular way of stirring up the work you’re meant to do and staying wildly inspired, I have to tell you that’s what I’ll be covering with a tribe (your tribe) of intentional, creative, smart and fun individuals at the Omega Institute (a paradise of trails, yoga, spa services) in upstate New York on August 16-18th for my once a year Unleash Your Calling: Create the Work & Life You Love retreat. This weekend is designed to help you let go of fears and follow what’s calling you right now. You may want to uncover your true purpose or you may want to finally take your dreams to their greatest heights and rock the world. My mission is to assist you in having a breakthrough experience. Because […]
My mission is to help others live their fullest mission on the planet. And one of the things I love most about my career is witnessing how other inspired-career-transition-ers and mojo-warriors fly. (And, of course, I can’t help but feel especially proud when they’re beloved clients and fans of my books.) I hope you’ll enjoy my amazing interview with Dr. Lissa Rankin—who found the guts to leave behind a medical practice to do what she loved. Today, she’s a New York Times best-selling author of Mind Over Medicine, a pioneer for a new kind of health care, and a woman on fire. Catch the Passion Here.
(This is a condensed version of the July e-newsletter. Want it ALL? (Get it here!) Where in your life do you want to be free? Let me guess: it’s a place where you’re judging yourself. That’s because you can’t judge yourself and be yourself at the same time. Freedom means going rogue. Burn up the pictures of where you think you should be. A life of vision means you are following what you cannot see– but know. Following your heart is radical. It’s the commitment to follow a juice not of this world. Your life may look like less than you imagined, but do not be deceived. You do not yet know how to imagine. If you want to live a singular life, you cannot compare yourself to others. I suggest you take back your freedom. Take back your focus. Take back where you place your attention. You are being hypnotized to define yourself by the standards of imprisonment: standards that make you feel “less than” while promising you that you can and should “have it all.” I want you to use the standards of liberation: Does this thought, desire, or choice make me feel alive in this moment? If not, it’s a lie. It’s a veil over the truth. The truth is that freedom comes from presence. It doesn’t come from possessions or circumstances. It comes from true direction, purpose, love, and meaning. Recently I almost allowed self-consciousness to keep me from experiencing one of my life purposes which is creating sacred, affirming experiences for others. I wanted to throw a potluck party for the students in my A Course in Miracles workshops. I was nervous about it. I kept thinking that as “a national author and expert success coach” my home should look a certain way, you know like something from a movie, all sleek and self-secure, like women with long legs, stark bangs, and French accents who could star in James Bond movies. My house is more Bridget Jones, endearing, no photo shoots in sight. We were going to have the get together in my backyard and there, too, I don’t have the sleek and secure thing going on. I looked at some of my worn out wood fence that looked like maybe it was going through menopause. And then there were the weeds and vines throwing a hoodlum party of their own. I said to my partner Paul, […]
(This is an excerpt from an article I just released in my e-newsletter. Want a copy? Get it here) A factory outputs identical pieces of plastic merchandise, no matter what. But you are “operationally challenged” –for you are made of conscious bold choices, moods, and miracles. A mechanical life requires output, form, and results measured down to the chin hair of the decimal point. An organic life is natural. It’s blemished and mythic. You will not endlessly “produce” without having awakening times of getting to know yourself again and again– and working with riotous forces. As an author, coach, and motivational speaker, I make my living “being inspired” and helping others discover their wild, true fountain of infinite good. That means I’ve had to learn how to take scrap metal and turn it into gold. And sometimes I’ve had to learn how to take VPs of Craziness, broken artists, and midlife menopausal hopelessness, exhaustion, cynicism and spontaneous-hatred-of-humanity and turn that into passion and bliss. I can boil this down. Don’t seek to be inspired. Seek to be present and kind. When you’re not feeling purposeful or creative—love yourself more. It’s love that opens the gates. Take exquisite care of yourself and spontaneous strategies and opportunities will match your inner abundance. This is no piece of cake. It’s a piece of cake and a nap—without belittling, self-judgment. Believe me, this is not your father’s “productivity.” But then you’re not trying to produce widgets. You’re daring to serve miraculous forces. Please don’t make being a human being wrong. Don’t make being a human being who is growing, transforming, and facing bewilderment wrong. This is the recipe of discovery. Vulnerability is where your next leap begins. I get it. You’re not having any fun right now. Your “vibration” is a cesspool. You’re as flat as a hospital gurney and as pent up as a cheetah in a cage. Trust me, this isn’t your life. It’s part of a process, like one of the screens that comes up on your computer before it’s fully booted up. And it means you’ve outgrown one level of good and you’re restless for the next. Sometimes, you’re so uninspired, that the word “inspired” sounds like shooting for the moon. So shoot for Toledo instead. Good news. I’ve got 5 “tickets to Ohio” below. Shoot lower, rise higher. […]