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You Can Change Your Mind

Yes, you can. And right now if you are thinking about something where you would like to change your mind, but believe that I am wrong and that you can’t, I want you to know you can, it might be the hardest things you ever do, but you can and it will be worth it.

Tonight talking to my daughters about a decision they had made, talking through the reasons that had led them to that decision, one of the things holding them to their decision is that they had already told everyone. I told them, you can change your mind. After telling them that, I got thinking about all of the things that I had thought were permanent, stuck, the ultimate way of being, and immovable. That I would not be who I am, where I am, doing what I am, had I not put in the effort, and work to change my mind thereby changing the trajectory of my life.

Changing my mind wasn’t always easy, wasn’t always met with high fives and cheers from those around me, and sometimes left me feeling that life was impossible if that was the only solution. Left me questioning how changing my mind to honor what I felt in my heart, but could possible burn down everything around me, could be in my best interest. I didn’t get out unscathed as I made these decisions. I have the scars, I still feel pangs in my heart, but also feel my ability to love, honor, respect, and empathize with others is greater because I learned that I could change my mind and I want you to know that you can to.

Small things, I changed my mind about what I wanted to be when I grew up, about 5 times. When I was little it was normal, when I got into college it got more expense (I had 30 credits more than I needed for my associates degree). I started out majoring in elementary education, and received my associates in business. Headed into marketing for a few classes, then took a 13 year break. I spent year 10-13 of that break trying to figure every which way I could get a degree, without going back to school, because in my mind going  back to school with 6 kids between the ages of 2-10 was impossible. I changed my mind and got my bachelors in psychology in 2015.

Marci Graduation

When my kids start to panic because they don’t know what they want to go into for college (apparently lots of pressure in grades 8-11 to KNOW what you want to do for the next 70 years of your life!) I let them know how many times I changed my mind, and that I want them to not know,  and experience life and change there mind until it feels right, AND if after 10 years they change their mind again, that’s okay.

I changed my mind about the style in which I parent my children.

I changed my mind about religion.

I changed my mind about being a doormat in my relationships with others.

I changed my mind about health and the responsibility I have towards it.

I changed my mind about running.

I changed my mind about drinking Diet Coke, and coffee.

I changed my mind about what I was capable of doing.

I changed my mind that this year that I like American Idol more than The Voice (sorry Adam, but Katey Perry is really great this year!)

I often tell clients that many times the answer is in the never. Meaning when you are trying to work something out, solve something, moving forward or towards something, the solution may be the very thing you said “I would never…” The reason that may seem like the impossible solution is because it will involve changing your mind. In order for your life to be different you have to start interacting with it differently and that starts with changing your mind.

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Picking Your Filter

I’m sure you’ve heard the Wayne Dyer quote, or something close to it, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” For several years after hearing this I held onto a literal interpretation of this, thinking as I changed my way of thinking the tangible things around me would change. I’d watched The Secret, and was spending time imagining checks in the mail, and parking spaces opening up to me with a little success. I struggled with truly understanding how changing my thoughts could change what I was looking at, because everyday things seemed to stay the same. Until a solicitor came into our office, I can’t remember what he was selling, but I do remember the life changing information he shared with me as we chatted before his sales pitch.

He told me about the Reticular Activating System. I’ll be honest I politely engaged him in the conversation, but my fingers were on the keyboard at the ready to prove that this solicitor was selling me some woo-woo information. No sooner had he left then I set off researching and learned it wasn’t woo-woo, in fact is the very information I had been searching for to help me understand that when I change my thinking I change what I am looking at.

What is the reticular activating system (RAC)? Simply put it’s a filter for the information that gets allowed into your consciousness. At any given moment you are being pelleted with information from the 300 megapixels of visual information to the way every nerve cell on your skin is detecting pressure, pain, temperature, and location. Take a few seconds right now to listen to the sounds around you, feel what your entire body is feeling, and see what is going on around you. You probably heard things that you don’t usually hear, felt things you don’t normal recognize, and maybe noticed something that’s been right in front of you this whole time.

If all of this information was passing through into our awareness we’d be crying like an overstimulated baby! That is the reason for the all important RAC. How does the RAC decide which information gets through and what information gets filtered out? You tell it. What you think your brain says Oh! This is important. Anything that has to do with  XYZ gets through the filter. Two easy examples of this: have you ever wanted a certain type of car, or purchased a new car, and suddenly everyone is driving that kind of car? You start seeing it everywhere? It’s not because everyone else stole your idea, but you told your brain this type of car is important to me and your brain said righty-o and made sure you saw all of those car

Have you ever been pregnant, wanted to be pregnant, or didn’t want to be pregnant? And pregnant women start popping up everywhere? More women aren’t pregnant around you, but you’ve told your brain this matters to me, and your brain responds with making sure you are aware of all things pregnancy in your world.

Your RAC will also filter OUT things that you determine are not necessary to be aware of. For instance we spent a few years living by an extremely busy road. The first few weeks of living there every time I opened the door, or went outside, I was acutely aware of how loud the traffic was. Over time I stopped hearing it because my brain learned it wasn’t necessary to keep at the forefront of my thinking. After parenting for 16 years I have developed the ability to tune out 6 kids and a dog running through the house because it is part of the “safe” soundtrack I am accustomed to hearing.

So, when we change the way we look at things, we are essentially installing a new filter, so the things we look at change. If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, you are putting in a filter that says, today is a bad day filter information to support that. If you wake up with a smile on your face, you will find information to support that. My mom once said to me if you are looking for information on the internet to support something you believe you will find it. She is right. The same goes for life.

What if you were to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say and think I am a kind, happy, engaged person who matters and has value. Overtime your RAC is going to insert a filter to help you see yourself in the way you are constantly affirming, and will respond accordingly. If you spend 30 seconds thinking that in the morning, but spend the next 12 hours saying and thinking the opposite your RAC is going to struggle to put in the new filter. You have more power over how you are experiencing life than you may realize.

If you feel like what you are looking at doesn’t match what you are thinking take a few minutes to answer the following questions: I believe I am… I believe money is… I believe my health is… I believe my family is… I believe relationships are… if there is some conflicting messages between what you think and what you wrote, or you would like help updating your RAC filter I can help.

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Tiny Dancer

If you have ever had a chance to spend more than 24 hours with me (not necessarily all at once) you know that I love to dance. I can’t help myself. For better or worse I find myself dancing behind my grocery cart, slowing my jog to add a few box steps in, the car, office, and shower, aren’t immune to my moves. This isn’t a new phenomenon, I’ve been dancing since I was a small child, my preference back then was to run around the coffee table to Neil Diamonds Coming to America.

I’m asked frequently if I was a cheerleader in high school, no. I took a dance class when I was a sophomore in high school, it was so short lived my mom can’t remember driving me there. I had to quit because I couldn’t turn the same direction as everyone else. I was capable of turning to the left and to the right, and chronically did the opposite of everyone else. I accepted that I was a free styler, and moved on. I wasn’t going to stop because I knew I had to honor the tiny dancer.

grayscale photography of girl doing ballet
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What’s a tiny dancer you ask? Everyone has their own “tiny dancer” it’s the thing you measure your vitality and life force with. How engaged and excited about life am I? How much dancing am I doing inside? I didn’t actually recognize this tiny dancer until the time in my life she laid down, and stopped dancing.  I’d spent so much time with her I didn’t realize that my outside could keep going as if things were normal while me insides didn’t feel like dancing anymore. My tiny dancer’s favorite song would come on and she’d lie there wondering the reasons she didn’t want to dance anymore, and that seemed to make things worse.  I listened harder, turned the music louder but she still didn’t want to dance.

As I started to take a personal inventory I realized that not only was she not dancing anymore after a time, neither was I. The things in my life that brought me joy didn’t anymore. Even worse the things that I felt the most passionate about that brought out the spark of Marci weren’t an integral part of my life anymore. With the help of my excellent life coach I was able to slowly identify where I’d lost the skip in my step, the reason I let it go, and the steps I would have to take to get it back.

It was a really good day when my song came on and my tiny dance leapt to her feet and started dancing. I now check in frequently and know that if I’m not dancing through the parking lot, grocery store, or kitchen it’s time to do a personal inventory.  Where am I compromising my values and not honoring my true nature and take the SMART and SIMPLE steps to get back to where I know I love to be!

How do you gage your vitality and life force?

What do you do to regenerate  when you can feel yourself slipping?

Are you struggling to answer those questions?

Would you like help figuring it all out?

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Feed it, Face it, Take it for a Walk

Emotions. They can run wild, hide in the dark, and flow peacefully like a river. This morning my emotions were running wild. While the thought of feeding them (peanut butter M&Ms preferably) I chose to take them for a walk (run).

Emotions; dealing with them isn’t the same each time. Occasionally I feed mine, I acknowledge that I’m a feeding my emotions, acknowledge that it isn’t going to fix the problem, it’s a temporary solution, and then I slowly and methodically savor each bite of the donut. If I’m going to eat the donut I want to ensure that it is benefitting me. I can let the rush of emotions I am trying to get rid of take over my mind and get to the end of the donut without even realizing that I ate it. Or I can slow down and enjoy the donut. Slowing down being the most important part of the activity. Slowing down helps me take an inventory of what is on my mind, of course I don’t reassess until AFTER the donut is gone. Slowing down helps me check in my emotions with my priorities and appropriately categorize them, and schedule a time to face them. Being kind to myself when I am doing the socially unacceptable thing (SUGAR!!) to take care of myself. The time to be concerned about this choice? When it becomes the majority, the every time, the only option you think you have to deal with your emotions.

Take them for a walk. If you live in my house you will hear me talk about the importance of endorphins. This year we were fortunate to get a dog. It’s been a helpful way to send the grouchy kid (or adult) out the door under the guise of walking the dog. In truth the dog is walking the human, cause he knows how much happier his humans are when they are moving their bodies. Today the weight of the week, the responsibilities of work and home, and life in general reared her ugly head. For just a second I thought of climbing back into bed and pulling the covers over my head (one of the important reasons I make my bed, harder to get back in). And then my body said RUN! Not run away, but MOVE your body, step outside of the chaos for a second. So I listened and I’m grateful I did. This is the same thing as when my house feels super messy. If I leave and give myself a break for a bit when I step back in the mess seems smaller, and I feel more prepared to face it. The body movement has double benefit, you are stepping away, and giving your happy hormones a kick!

Face it. Typically the least popular, most avoided method of taking care of your emotions. This has the highest return on investment. Like most things the greater the challenge the greater the reward. The most important step with this is not looking at the big emotion and thinking that is what you are working with. Within every emotions is smaller emotions, and corners, pieces, and chunks. I have my clients take a deep breathe and ask them what else is in this? What is under it? What is next to it? Finding the smallest most seemingly insignificant feeling is, most times, the best place to start. Dr. John Demartini says by the inch it’s a cinch, by the mile it’s a pile (it’s what I chant when I am cleaning up a big mess). Many times clients don’t initially believe me that starting with the most insignificant thing will have the most impact. But it will, because the chances of facing it, processing it, and having long term success is the highest. This in turn makes the next thing seem smaller because it’s no longer dragging its kid brother with it.

Emotions aren’t going away, all emotions are healthy, dealing with them in different ways is inevitable and good for you. Moving in with any one or two emotions, making it your best friend, and never letting it go, is NOT healthy. Buy it a donut, take it for a walk, and then find a small seemingly insignificant action, and get consistent with doing it.

Feeling like your emotions are to much to process on your own? I can help! check out my about page for more info.

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Why a Life Coach?

Why would you look to a life coach, specifically me, to help you with your life?

Here are 5 reasons Marci and Dynamic Life Coaching may be the perfect fit for what you would like to achieve:

  • Life Coaching is focused on forward progress. Rather then spending time talking about the problem Dynamic Life Coaching is solution focused. After getting very specific about what is going on the focus shifts to solutions.
  • You may know what the problem is, you may know the solution, but you are stuck with how to start. Through specific questions I will help you determine the best starting point for YOU. Dynamic Life Coaching uses a very personalized approach, step 1 for you may be someone else’s step 3 my job is to help you figure that out.
  • You know you want something different in your life but you don’t know what that is. I will help you uncover that which you are seeking. Many times the answer is right in front of you, but for one reason or another you have talked yourself out of it. I will help you stop the excuses and work towards actualization.
  •  You know the change you want to make but you are SCARED! Fear is the number one thing that keeps up comfortable in our discomfort. When we work together I help you navigate the unknown while you make the sometimes bumpy transition to a healthy comfort zone.
  • Accountability. Goals are much easier and likely to be reached if someone is holding your accountable to the rewards AND consequences of whether or not your are following through. Goals can range from business oriented to gaining self worth, different on paper, but both require accountability to the steps it takes to achieve them.

These are only 5 of the many reasons a life coach, specifically me, can help you on your journey of forward progression. Would you like to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if I’m the right fit for you? CLICK HERE