Change is a coming…
“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress. “ Bruce Barton
It’s been a while since my last post but rightfully so Life has been inspiring me in many different directions. Since my last post, I attended Sport Psychology training with a small group of psychologists and mental health providers from all over the country with the president of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. It was amazing to be in an environment of learning again, one in which we are learning from masters in the field of sport psych and how to apply the psychological tools, that I have honed in the last 10 years, for the application of sport. Amazing time. From there I tagged on a small vacation to hometown to see my family.
Being home for me always refreshes my inspiration, purpose, and being. Being home I am reminded of my past journey, of my strength to overcome challenges, of the love that is always present in my life, the roots that have kept me grounded throughout my life, the special gift of family, and that God has always had a plan for my life. I am humbled when I go home and it feels good to slow down and soak in the love that is family.
Okay so let me fill you in a bit, prior to this trip my husband and I had been discussing the idea of moving back to Sacramento and closer to his family. Prior to this I had met up with some of my old supervisors and colleges from UC Davis Med Center and heard of some great career opportunities, one of which would return me back to a university setting, something I’ve long desired. So I decided to give it a shot- and did the work. So when I returned from the Midwest things went in full swing, I had my interviews, and HERE we are. I was offered the position at the university and ACCEPTED! I’m very thrilled and excited! However, this also means that Ironman Louisville 2011 is not in the cards for us, my husband for other reasons.
So with all that said the process of getting to this point is another story. The process of identifying my desire, discussing and communicating with self and my husband, deciding, choosing, doing the work, learning, letting go, acceptance, and affirmation/gratitude were intentional steps with goal directed behavior/thinking/feeling. Each step of the way I took time to get clear with my self, what I wanted, and how I felt about it. I did this by getting quiet with myself either in prayer or meditation, visualization of the end goal with deep sense of feeling attached, created several daily and in-the-moment affirmations, here is one of my affirmations that I posted on my bathroom mirror: Be Happy in Anticipation of What is Coming
Today is wonderful and new opportunities present themselves for me to be of purpose and blessing to others. I accept myself and where I am today. I know that here is right where I need to be. I am not in lack and I have everything I need here and now. I am filled with wisdom and guidance to go in the direction where my creative talents and passions are needed. I am receptive and open to God’s divine direction. All is well in my world and so it is.
I am so thankful and happy that I have a full-time psychologist position that fits my creativity, personality, desires, passions, growth, and development with people and an employer that I like and get along well with. My position pays me well and allows us to have increased financial freedom to travel, share, and save. And so it is. Thank you for all and everything for I know it is for my good.
At times this was challenging considering all the time, resources, and training that I have put into preparing for Ironman. None-the-less I continued to “do the work” (see previous blog post) until I knew for sure how it would pan out. Now that it has and I am completely thrilled about the new adventure to come at a wonderful university with great people, I can see that I implemented many psychological/mental skills to deal with the anxiety is created by the unknown. I also nurtured my inner self/voice (some may call it intuition, voice of God or Holy Spirit, internal guidance system, first voice, gut feeling, wise mind, etc…) that was built in all of us to guide us along our in path in life with the goal of communicating to us towards our highest good. What that is for each one of us is for us to find out and seek. I truly believe that we are built with the capacity to overcome all our fears and aliments in life, because I also believe that God/Life/Universe wants to use each one of us to empower each other towards greatness and love. That path is not always smooth but if you be still and listen, seek and be willing to guided, and have faith that there is a power greater than yourself that has YOUR highest good in mind then….all will be well, all will be for your highest good, and all is Love.
Something to ponder on:
”What is learned in sport can be applied to life.
What is learned in life can be applied to sport.”
-Jack J. Lesyk, Ph.D., President-Elect, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Keep reaching for your peak….and I will see you at the top.