How imagination can help you win at life

How imagination can help you win at life

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been an artist, embracing and expressing myself in different forms. But it’s also held me back and as I dove more into personal development it showed me how much.

Especially when I sold my artwork at festivals and people would tell me one or all of the following:

  • I wish I had your talent
  • I am not creative
  • I don’t have the skills

And the truth is that they are false and limiting beliefs you picked up or imposed on yourself throughout the years.

But just because you don’t write, draw, crochet or paint, doesn’t mean you don’t have talent, that you are not creative or have skills. They may just be looking a bit different what is being understood as creative, talented or skilled.

You at some point made the decision to not bother because you haven’t given yourself permission to feel talented, to be skilled or feel creative.

Those words: talented, skilled, creative…they are open to interpretation!

And what does that have to do with imagination?

Only everything!

Think back for a moment to your childhood and remember the times you

  • were in art class and were given a prompt
  • were hanging out at the playground with your peers
  • were playing with your siblings or friends

And then remember the games you played, the stories you told and the dreams you talked about of what you would become one day or do for a living.
This was imagination at play.

You didn’t wonder or tell yourself that you are not talented, creative or skilled.

If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand. Bob Proctor

Imagination moves you into visualizing what you love to be, do and have.
Imagination taps into your current talents and gives you a starting point.
Imagination seeks out your inner child that believed in the impossible.

When I was about 13 years old, I dreamed of being a famous singer and actress. I would sing loudly going to the grocery store. I didn’t know then that this isn’t the way to be discovered, but I fueled my imagination and believed it was possible.

Now I am not a famous singer and actress and enjoy a night out singing karaoke, but more importantly, I have learned to use that imagination of when I was a teenager to fuel my dreams.

When you say you don’t have skills, talents or that you are creative, maybe it’s time to challenge yourself.

Is there a specific thing you would like to be doing but made excuses because you or someone else told you that you are not talented?

Have you bothered to take a class to learn a talent or a skill?

Have you ever solved a problem?

Have you ever helped someone with something that they perhaps didn’t know?

Do you have a career that requires specific knowledge?

I ask these questions so you can be honest with yourself about your talents, skills and your creativity.

A bookkeeper has a skill and a talent.
Tax accountants are creative (and not in an illegal way)
Musicians are creative – some natural an some have dedicated themselves to a skill.
Handymen are skilled, talented and creative.
Mechanics are skilled, talented and creative.
Real Estate agents? Yep them too.

And they every one of them has or is always tapping into their imagination in order to do what they love to do.

So isn’t it time that you too embrace your imagination, to give yourself permission to believe it’s possible and decide to follow the activities you would like to be doing.

Saying I wish has never made dreams come true.

Even lottery winners had to take action.

Deciding and committing, now that has changed lives.

You are only limited by your own thoughts and ideas of what life is or should be.

If you want to win at life, tap into your desires: What do you want to do?

It doesn’t have to be to make a living, it could be just a hobby.

  • Now take that and make it a goal.
  • Develop an action plan.
  • Commit to your goal and plan.

And if your objections is that you don’t have time, then frankly it isn’t important enough to you.

But in as little as 5-minutes a day you could

  • Learn a new skill that will help you move forward
  • Embrace current talents and expand on them
  • Acknowledge that you are a creative human being

So if you really want to win at life, then tap into that imagination of yours and know that no matter what you do for a living or have as a hobby, you are creative, talented and skilled.

And as always,

remember that you are one decision away.

Cheers,

Petra

P.S. If you are finding it difficult to use your imagination, own your skills and talents then join me in Rebel Shine.

In Rebel Shine, you will rise above the doubts, limiting beliefs and your old stories, because isn’t it time that it’s time you tap into your inner child and not be inhibited by outside constraints?

7 Steps to Release Stories and Belief Patterns and Embrace Life

7 Steps to Release Stories and Belief Patterns and Embrace Life

It wasn’t until 2008 that I realized the stories I kept hanging onto were dictating the outcome of my life.

I didn’t know that hanging onto the belief systems would keep me struggling!

So what changed?

My son, during his recovery from transplant surgery, yelled out one night in a whisper:

Save me, mommy, save me.

He was 5 years old, fighting for his life after unpredictable complications. As things stabilized I started to reflect on my life. And I had the second scariest thought in my life:

I needed to walk on the level of my soul.

This meant letting go of all the stories and belief patterns that I so carefully packaged up and stored within me. I allowed all of the thoughts and beliefs I had about myself be the dictator of my being.

  • I don’t fit it
  • I’m too different
  • I’m not good enough
  • I’m not smart enough
  • I don’t deserve the life I wanted

And I found plenty of reasons why all of this was accurate.

If you are looking for validation of why your old stories, thought patterns, and belief systems are true, have no doubt, you will find them!

In the core of my being, I believed that I wasn’t worthy of the goodness I craved no matter how hard I worked, how kind I was and the norms that I followed.

in the storm of my son’s recovery, I knew I needed to step out of the shadows of the stories that I told myself. And it was difficult recognizing just how much I clung to everything I thought to be true. It was like my life depended on the stories, thoughts, and beliefs.

So how did I – and how can you release what is holding you back?

  1. Create a timeline of events to help you paint a picture of your life, the events that shaped you, which are neither good or bad.
  2. Write out how each event impacted your life and the messages you’ve carried forward.
  3. Become a detective on how every decision you ever made was influenced by those events.
  4. Recognize that you are NOT the events and messages no the stories that came out of those.
  5. Write a list of everything you have learned because of the events. Add all the reasons why you are a better human because of those events.
  6. Write about each event again and see how you allowed those stories, belief patterns and thoughts to be accurate.
  7. Choose to release all the crud that has held you back and decide to create new stories, thoughts and belief patterns.

You can choose what you believe.
You can choose how to act or react.
You can choose the thoughts you want to think.

It’s how I literally went from being a foster kid reject to being a foster kid success.

Through the release, I was able to let go of

  • The struggle
  • The frustrations
  • The pain

I embraced who I am by feeing into my life and allowed myself to choose ease, action, and okayness.

And isn’t it time that you choose what feels good to you?
Isn’t it time that you release whatever is holding you back?

Remember,

you’re one decision away!

Cheers,

Petra

P.S. It’s time to release the need to have a challenging life and time to embrace you. If you’re ready and your soul is ready, then join me in Rebel Shine.

Where Mindset meets Strategy meets Guidance on how owning your own power and unleash yourself is the recipe for Creative Rebels and Passionate who are done living in a box and have the support of a community.

Soul Approved: How to unleash yourself to have an awesome life

Soul Approved: How to unleash yourself to have an awesome life

If there is one thing I know all too well, it’s the feeling of the box getting smaller and the air is getting tighter. It’s becoming unmanageable to move and breathe within your space that you call life.

And it all comes from being chained to a life you think you are supposed to create because it’s what you should do.

  • You should do this for a living because it’s the safe way
  • You should act and behave this way or that way because it’s the nice way
  • You should put yourself first because everyone else is more important

But are not feeling like you’re suffocating and unable to move in the direction you want to go?

Yes, you have the option to stay chained in the conformity of your box where it feels cozy and safe – but at what cost?

Do you really want to look back at your life and say

  • I wish I did __________
  • I’m sad I didn’t _______
  • I regret not to ________

You’re tired and wonder what the heck this life is all about.

And the truth (it might hurt a little)

You’ve been chained to someone else’s idea of a life!

And the time has come for you to break free!

It’s time to unleash yourself!

The time has come that you stop

  • Being afraid of failure
  • Believing you’re not good enough
  • Talk yourself out of the things you want to do
  • Keeping your thoughts to yourself
  • Living a life designed by someone else

Deep down you know that you

  • Have incredible ideas
  • Have a voice that matters
  • Have to step out of the comfort zone

It isn’t enough to just exist anymore because you know there’s so much more to life than live in a box of shoulds.

No doubt unleashing yourself will be uncomfortable – all growing pains are – as you start being the person you’ve been all along but too afraid to share you with the world.

Your life can change at a moments notice.

Anytime you get in the car, you *could* get into an accident and yet here you still getting in the car every day.

So why not face your fears and do what you to want to do and start being true to yourself?

What do you have to lose?

Nothing!

Because you aren’t going to be further ahead if you fail but you are going to be wiser through the lessons that emerge through your willingness to put yourself first for a change.

Life is a journey and you will die one day – this is a fact!

So why not make this the best journey you can imagine by finally breaking free from the chains of conformity and embrace who you are?

When you’re ready to have an awesome life, it’s time to break those chains!

Remember, you’re one decision away!

Cheers,
Petra

P.S. If you’re ready to unleash yourself and you want to rise above from your shoulds, then join me in Rebel Shine!

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How to own your own power and be unstoppable

How to own your own power and be unstoppable

You are a powerful being and you probably don’t even recognize it.

You’ve been conditioned to think that being powerful is wrong and that it’s fueled by masculine energy and riddled with control.

But what if for just a moment you challenged the definition of owning your power?

What if it’s more about knowing who you are and what you want?

Think about it for a moment, where in your life did you give your power away?

  • All the times you’ve said yes when you meant no
  • Any time you’ve put others before you
  • The time you didn’t share a thought or an opinion

I bet that you had a lot of memories flood into your brain and felt yourself nodding along and then you also grinches because deep down you wanted to say no, put yourself first and share that thought of yours.

You can own your power, but you have to make that decision.

You don’t have to live the life you *think you should live* you can live the life you want to.

And I can hear all of your objections flying at me like a locust invasion.

You don’t truly believe you have a choice.

But you do!

Be honest with yourself for a moment!

You’ve been holding back because of fear.

Fear of

 

  • saying no and not being liked
  • putting yourself first and considered selfish
  • speaking your truth and hurting people’s feelings
  • failure because what if it doesn’t work out
  • success because what if everything you want comes true

I’m willing to bet that you know what you want but haven’t given yourself permission to make it happen.

I am also willing to bet that the moment you decide to own your own power, life will feel amazing and you will feel unstoppable.

What if owning your power means saying no to the struggle?

What if it means that you will have time for the things you want to do?

What if you are only surrounding yourself with people that support you?

A big part of owning your own power is knowing who you are, what you want and that your thoughts/opinions matter.

And it’s also about putting yourself first, saying no when it feels like a no and listening to your intuition.

Owning your own power is not about controlling every part of your life or the people in it.

It’s confidently saying that you will go after what you want and that you know without a doubt

You got this

Isn’t it time that you start choosing you?

Choose yourself to go after your dreams

Choose yourself to do what you love

Choose yourself to surround yourself with goodness

Choose yourself to feel worthy

Choose yourself to value yourself

Remember, you’re one decision away!

Cheers,

Petra

P.S. If you’re ready to own your power and you want to rise above from whatever is holding you back, I made this for you.

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Stop setting resolutions and have your best year

Stop setting resolutions and have your best year

Resolutions are a crap shoot of setting yourself up for failure.

For years and years, I set resolutions about writing that book, or be more healthy and even have better relationships with people.

And it was only a matter of weeks when all of my resolutions flew out of the window and I was in the same spot as the year before.

I started to doubt that I would ever make my ideas a reality because if I couldn’t even stick to my resolutions, how would I ever have the kind of life that I wanted?

I knew something needed to change and I discovered the most important pieces that were missing!

My Why: I needed something that dug deep into the heart of why I wanted to create the change. Without a solid why, however, I lost my momentum.

My why fuels the purpose of the books I have written and the books I am still planning to write.

My why gives me a reason for my mission to be healthier as it addresses the reasons for changing the food I eat and the motivation to exercise.

My why also helped me uncover the kind of relationships I wanted to have and what they would mean to my overall wellbeing and day-to-day life.

Do you know the why behind the changes you want to create? 

If you want to have the best year, then get clear on what you want. Which leads to the next point of my discovery!

My Vision: Without a vision of what I wanted my life to feel like and really visualize what that means, I would continue to get up every morning and exist in the life I had created up to that point.

Writing out my vision for my life and then narrow it down to the year, I was able to uncover who I wanted to be, what I wanted to do and what I wanted to have.

And before I knew it, the vision not only became a wee bit bigger than myself, but I know had a map that I could use to develop my goals from.

Goals have a much greater impact than resolutions.

What is the vision you have for your life and how can you start towards this vision now? 

There is a sweet spot for goals setting and it’s right in between short-term and long-term. Resolutions tend to be rather short-term and again without the why I found that nothing would change.

And setting lifetime goals can feel too far out of reach. So why write your visions?

So you can break them down!

You don’t build a house overnight, nor do you travel across the country in a car in one day.

Change occurs in small incremental steps.

And when you write your vision for the next year, allow your intuition to guide you. Don’t listen to the negative voices in your head or allow the judgment of others filter into your thoughts.

Instead, give yourself permission to dream uncensored.

This means that your vision includes everything you want to be, do and have interests, with passion, healthier you and better relationships – or whatever calls you!

So just how did this process change my life?

The moment I wrote out my vision, I was able to see who I wanted to become, the things I wanted to do and the things I wanted to have in my life. And when I am talking about “having” I am not just talking about material things.

So it looks like this:

  1. Write the vision. You can start with a whole life vision and then the year, or just the year. Don’t forget to include all the reasons why and how you will feel at each moment your vision comes true.
  2. Choose Be, Do and Have Goals based on your vision. And yes you may have left something off of your vision, that’s okay! You can rewrite your vision if you want to!
  3. Create 90-Day actions plans for each goal. Start with the goal and then brainstorm all the steps required to complete the goal.
  4. Tune into your intuition of when during the year this would feel really amazing. And usually, the thing that gets you most excited is THE goal to start with.

Some key points for you:

This is YOUR vision and not someone else’s and you’re going to need to be okay with the side eye from friends and family.

Your vision may change just tap back into that part that gives you purpose and motivation. Sometimes you may need to rewrite your vision until you get to the point of OMG THIS IS IT!

You will doubt yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. This is normal but don’t feed the fears!

The moment you decide to stop setting resolutions

Will create a ripple effect in all areas of your life.

When you know who you want to be, you become that person.

When you know what to do you will stop the procrastination dilemmas.

When you know what you want to have and why you will give your life purpose.

Are you willing to stop setting resolutions and allow yourself to set goals that are driven by your intuition and recognize that you have a bigger purpose in life?

My Rebel Shine Program is open for enrollment!

Where Mindset meets Strategy meets Guidance on how owning your own power and unleash yourself is the recipe for Creative Rebels and Passionate who are done living in a box and have the support of a community.

When you join the program you will receive my Rebel Soul Handbook that I have used consistently for the last 2 years to achieve my vision!