Does One Word Have the Power to Change Your Life?
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it,
say ‘YES’ – then learn how to do it later.”
~Sir Richard Branson
In this special podcast edition we explore how activating the word “Yes” has the potential to create lasting and significant change in your life.
Discover the pathway to manifesting greater levels of personal flow, prosperity, happiness and purposefulness now …
Les Price is a transformational coach, intuitive healer, speaker and author. As a thought leader in human potential, he works with aspiring individuals, businesses and organisations globally to help them expand their influence and realise their goals in an enlightened and visionary way.
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The language we use has an incredible power to influence and direct the nature of our lives. Not surprisingly since the moment we were born it is more than likely that we have been conditioned to hear the word ‘No’ more times than we were ever acknowledged or affirmed with the word ‘Yes’.
The frequency and energy of the word ‘Yes’ has the ability to open many doors and opportunities in our lives. Embodying and embracing this simplest of words on a daily basis can lay the pathway for attracting and creating what you really want, while at the same time making you magnetic to new possibilities, people, places and events that resonate with you highest good.
In this episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast, Les shares:
- How language and the words we use direct the course of our lives
- Some of the latest research from UCLA on positive programming and conditioning
- How you may be unconsciously saying ‘No’ to your highest good
- How the brain’s chemistry, neurology and vigilance centre are impacted by saying ‘Yes’
- How to shift your energy and frequency to align with what you really want
- How to open to a miracle consciousness in your own life through ‘Yes’
- How to take the leap and flow fully into your highest good
- Why ‘Yes’ could be the most powerful word in the English language
What is it that inspires men and women to climb mountains?
What is it that so engaged Sir Edmund Hillary to ascend the peak of Everest and that still moves hundreds more people each year to do the same?
Could it be that deep within our own soul and spirit is an in inevitable need to conquer, to rise above challenges and to find the courage to overcome our greatest fears and shine?
Just recently I had the awe-filled opportunity of fulfilling one of my ‘bucket list’ items by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was an amazing experience, which I would highly recommend to anyone. Not only were the views from the top amazing, but the history of how the bridge was made, the lives that were lost during its construction and the craftsmanship that went into creating one of the world’s most iconic structures was simply captivating.
And it made me wonder …
“Why is it that so few people ever get to build or create an iconic life –
a life of greatness that inspires people long after their time on Earth is complete?”
Reaching New Levels of Greatness
Reaching new levels of greatness is something that we are all inherently here to experience in our own way. Often this means facing our inner-shadow, that aspect of us would love to keep us playing small, shrinking in our presence and conforming to the expectations of our peers. Yet that Is not who we were divinely crafted to be!
We each have been uniquely designed, formed and had life breathed into us for the purpose of fulfilling our soul’s inner most mission and purpose at this time. We are each here to be just as iconic, confident and magnificent in our presence as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
A Few Insights to Inspire Your Personal Journey
Here are just a few insights to help inspire your personal and professional journey:
1) Create Something Iconic
Regardless which way you look at it the Sydney Harbour Bridge is iconic. It is a sign of greatness. The vision of some great thinkers, visionaries and influencers who could see well into the future and wanted to create something that would stand out in history even today more than 85 years after its opening in 1932.
There were close to 6 million iron rivets that had to be heated in fire by hand and then manually beaten into place. There were even thousands of granite panels hand carved specifically for north and south pylons with each being cut to such exact perfection that none of them had to be re-cut.
Every day we are being called to do something great in our own lives. We are being encouraged to not just play small – but to live iconic. While standing out in a crowd might not be easy, the path of every purpose-driven leader will inspire them to lead from the front and break away from the crowd. The time of conformity is over. The new era of opportunity will go to those who have the courage to follow their own heart and march to the beat of their own drum.
2) Live Fully from Your Vision
It’s funny to consider that at the opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge there were only around 80 or so registered vehicles in NSW. Yet the engineers and designers had the vision to consider the life of the bridge and the growth of the automobile well into the future, so much so, that they would design it capable of having 8 lanes as well as railway and pedestrian access.
What was created to have a lifetime of 100 years now looks like it may last much longer than what was initially expected.
Vision is powerful. Vision is inspirational. Vision has the capacity to build bridges
between heart and mind in ways where miracles can take place.
So today consider the vision that you have set for your life. How alive is it in your imagination? How engaging and inspiring is it? Does it move you? Does it bring you to tears of gratitude?
If not, then it may be time to plug in a ‘light globe’ that moves you to do, act and become more.
3) Flow Activates Creative Power and Presence
Every act of creation was at some stage first preceded by a creative vision.
Creativity requires us to access and harness states of flow and grace. But how do we do this when our lives have become so full with ‘doing’?
The thing that impressed me most about Sydney’s Bridge Climb experienced was how systemised and organised the whole experience was from the moment we arrived to the moment we handed in our customer feedback. Every aspect of the business had been though about and streamlined from getting jump suits, to being harnessed to experiencing the climb on a simulator before climbing the real thing.
Systemisation and organisation creates flow. Flow leads to increased ease and a deeper trusting of our own unconscious creative experience. And it often here where we have let go of our need to control that our greatest work comes forth.
While taking time out to be present, mindful and create balance in our lives will always be important, it is when we actively create states of flow and systemisation (habit) in our life that we can be freed from the doing, to fully focus on the being
4) Follow Your Desire to Conquer
Human beings have been finding ways to solve problems and redesign their destinies for centuries, At the heart of all creative pursuit has been a desire to solve new problems in even greater ways, and it is this pursuit to literally ‘conquer’ our environment that makes us a unique species on Earth.
Now can you imagine for a moment the challenges that engineers and designers of the Sydney Harbour Bridge would have faced in the 1920’s and early 30’s as they proceeded to take their vision from paper to reality?
Great problems always lead to great questions being asked and eventually
to even greater solutions if we have the courage, foresight and resilience to stay the path.
So, what obstacles and challenges are being presented to you in life right now? How would conquering these lead you to new levels of being and operating in the world?
Remember your soul is always growing. And its search to express the greatest aspects of who you are it will challenge you with great problems. For it is only when we rise above, when we are able to lift our head above the bar that we can be filled with the hope of possibility. And what we believe is possible can be achieved.
5) Build Something Great that You Would Be Proud Of
Take a look at any early 18th century or 19th century architecture from churches to government buildings to museums and you will notice that the craftsmen and women of that past took great pride in their work. Stonemasons who worked relentless hours in often dusty and confined spaces still took the time to ensure that all of their pieces produced were ‘absolutely perfect’ – so perfect in fact that none had to be re-cut.
The standards that we define for our lives set the benchmark
for the results that we will ultimately produce.
While it’s not hard to be outstanding in most fields of endeavour, sadly so few people ever take the time and energy these days to become true masters of their craft.
Dedicating yourself even one hour a day to learning, developing and growing your skills and abilities in any field of endeavour can help to position you more closely as an expert in your field. Building an iconic life means setting your eyes on a greater vision for your life, business, relationships or career and then committing oneself to taking small steps towards building something great.
Remember, icons are not afraid to stand out in a crowd – and this is good news. Because each of us was created differently, with a unique range of skills, talents and abilities. We don’t have to fit in any more. You have absolute permission to be yourself and to be unique and different in the world. As Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken!”.
Have you ever come across the concept of ‘Paying it Forward’?
This morning, while sitting in one of my favourite cafés in the heart of Melbourne, a young man celebrating his birthday decided to give the owner of the shop $15 and said “Here, I’d like to pay for the coffee for the next 3 people who come up to you”.
Now, I must admit I have long been familiar with the concept of ‘Paying it Forward’, especially after the 2001 drama movie of the same name that tells the story of a young boy Trevor McKinney who for his junior high social studies class creates a plan for literally “paying forward” favours.
It’s an interesting concept … after all can sowing one good seed
that makes a difference in one person’s life capable of making a significant difference?
While some might argue that making small gestures or random acts of kindness has no real impact, the field of science, quantum physics and chaos theory is starting to show that we are all interconnected and woven into a seamless web of consciousness, where even the most subtle and smallest of changes has the capacity to make a greater difference in our lives and the world around us.
The Butterfly Effect
Often considered or known as the Butterfly Effect this aspect of chaos provides the basis for understanding how small changes in our lives and the conditions around us can often lead to even bigger shifts in our environment. In many ways, a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas may have the capacity to directly impact atmospheric conditions in Japan.
So how did the Butterfly Effect and Paying it Forward collide for me in that little coffee shop in Degreaves Lane, Melbourne?
What I Discovered this Morning …
Well, as I sat there I watched in amusement as customer after customer approached the café takeaway window only to be told that some kind hearted 20 year old who was having a birthday had decided to shout them their next coffee … and here’s what I really noticed:
1. It made people instantly feel good about themselves
In a world where there is so much uncertainty, fear and where our humanity can often be questioned, this once act instantly made people feel better about themselves, and the world around them. You could literally see them walk away feeling a sense of ‘wow’. What a kind and heartless thing to do.
2. It created a state of gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful energy that awakens our soul and reminds us who we REALLY are. Random acts of kindness have the ability to awaken this innate longing to be loved and accepted in all of us. One coffee bought in advance for another not only elevate the state of the person receiving it, but also made the barista feel good about himself.
3. It reminded people of what is most important in life
I’ve often said that when we die our lives will be reviewed and evaluated not based on what material possessions we were able to accumulate, or what amount of money we had in our bank accounts.
Instead the most enriching moments will be those where we made a difference in the lives of others. Can you imagine that young 20 year old looking back at his life after passing and reviewing that one moment and the look and feeling on the faces of those people he was able to touch? How magical and empowering.
4. It made a difference
This morning reminded me of the metaphorical story of the young girl on the beach throwing starfish back into the ocean one at a time. When questioned why she was doing it, especially whene there were thousands of starfish stranded on the beach, she promptly replied “Because it made a difference to that one!”.
5. It helped radically shift the frequency and vibration of the people involved
From the barista, to the receiver, to little ol’ me sitting in the corner seat of the cafe, this one gesture of gratitude shifted our lives. After all, here I am blogging about it today 24 hours after witnessing an unconditional act of kindness. We all want to feel good and valued in our lives – paying it forward certainly enables and equips us to do that!
So what’s the take-away?
We don’t have to change the whole world. But we can make a small difference to one person today. We can use our life as a gift of illumination that leaves this world a slightly better place and share our light in a way that significantly impacts others.
This morning, I walked away humbled by the actions of a young 20 year old man … so much that it led to me writing and sharing this blog post!
Next week is my birthday, and you guessed it, I’ll be back to that little coffee shop and be handing over a sum of money to the barista to “pay it forward” in coffee. What a great way to celebrate being alive and having the gift of life. With a bit of luck, it might also become a regular birthday custom.
Try it out yourself. You may not get to see the results like I did today, but one thing is for sure – it will make a difference!
What does it take to create real fulfillment in life?
One of my favorite inspirational quotes would have to be from American philosopher, theologian and educator Howard Thurman.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. As what makes you come alive,
and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
In finding our own path to greatness, each of us will be confronted by choices and decisions in life. It’s in the moments of choice and decision that our true destiny is shaped. Yet what is it that exists beneath the surface of our consciousness that directs our thoughts, actions and behaviors on a daily basis?
Activating Your Soul Path
At a soul level, you incarnated to share your gifts, to grow, develop and expand. In many ways you are really here to share your true authentic essence with the world in a way that best utilises your skills, gifts, talents and abilities. Sadly, though many people are still disconnected from this energy and intent in their daily lives, instead settling for a life that does not fill them with joy or bring them fully alive.
Changing your life, requires a change in perspective. If at any level you are unhappy with the results that you are experiencing in an area of life, then it is time for a ‘makeover’. However, this inner-transformation needs to first start with a shift in the consciousness that has been producing the results that you ‘don’t want’.
In my own coaching sessions and life experience I have found that there are now increasing numbers of people who feel lost and uncertain of their life and career direction. This is not something that is uncommon, in fact it is often a wake-up call from your soul guiding you to explore what you ‘really want in life’.
Here are my 7 tips for creating greater levels of joy, happiness and meaning in life …
1) Be Kind to Yourself
Have you noticed that we are often are very own best and worst critics? Our own carving for self-acceptance and love means that we often put undue pressure on ourselves to perform and to meet expectations that simply unreasonable.
The first act of self-love is self-acceptance, an unconditional and unwavering commitment to loving yourself and being kind to yourself, regardless of what has or has not happened in your life. Doing this means that we first need to forgive and release ourselves from past failures, mistakes and upsets. It means recognising that everything in life is a learning experience, an opportunity for our souls to grow, elevate and expand.
- Where am I being too hard on myself?
- How do I need to forgive myself and release myself from past mistakes, failures and upsets?
2) What Do You Really Desire?
Desires are messages from the soul that are guiding you to awaken more of your innate potential. The key however comes in the form of discernment, that is, being able to decipher what it is that YOU really want, as compared to what is driven by the external expectations of others.
To access this level of energy means allowing your consciousness to drop into the heart space. While your head may want the big glorious mansion house with an outdoor pool and ocean view, your heart may be wanting to find its own retreat space in a beautiful cabin in the hills.
Being able to listen intently to your heart’s true desires is the key to lasting fulfilment.
- What dreams have I given up on or put on the shelf?
- If I had a magic wand what would I most want to change, shift or improve in my life?
- What does my soul REALLY desire right now?
3) Step Fully into the Presence of Your Unlimited Being
Living fully and on purpose begins with a state of being. You have already experienced moments in your life where you were so intently alive that time seemed to slip by. In these moments of being fully connected with your source you may have even felt that an even greater energy was flowing through you.
We were born to live in harmony with our true essence, because it is here at the core of our being when we are in alignment with our spirit that real magic happens.
A question that I have found useful in helping guide students to a fuller understanding of this energy is something I learned from relationship and dating expert Marni Battista.
“Who am I being when I am experiencing unabashed joy in my life?”
It’s a great question that will help you connect more deeply with what brings you fully alive (your soul essence). I know that personally for me, I am living fully on purpose when I am speaking and engaging an audience, when I am writing and sharing higher sacred wisdom or when I am facilitating people to bring out their inner-greatness.
- Who am I being when I am experiencing unabashed joy in my life?
4) Discover Your Awesome
I’ve just recently been reading a great book by inspirational author and coach Jon Acuff called Start. At the heart of this book is a simple shift in consciousness from being average – to awesome.
The reality is that we were not created to lead lives of mediocrity. We were each uniquely crafted with an inner-gift, a resource and way of being that brings light, joy and happiness into our lives.
So how do we make the transition from average to awesome, by simply reflecting and noticing the moments where you feel fully alive in life. For some people this may be when they are preparing and baking a lasagne at home, for others it might be in the purposefulness that they bring to creative project that is inspired into life from nothingness.
Acknowledging and appreciating even the smallest moments where you ‘do good’, where you ‘feel fully alive’, where you experience the presence off being truly ‘awe-filled’ will help liberate your life.
And what do you do when you’ve found these precious moments? Do more of them, because whatever brings you fully alive is a vital part of your soul’s journey and presence. However it just may be that you have not made it important enough on your list of values.
- What’s most important to you in life? What brings you fully alive?
- Where do you display your greatest ‘sense of awesome’?
5) Expand Your Presence in the World
Presence is the energetic field of potentiality that encompasses your true being. In any moment you are more than capable of creating miracles in your life. The key is to realise your power, activate it and then allow it to guide you through your intuition to the people, places and events that are in alignment with your intentions.
Expanding your presence begins with a shift in consciousness. It begins by first realising that who you are is more than your body, more than your thoughts and more than your feelings. You are in fact an eternal and unlimited being with the capacity to create magic in your own life and the life of others.
Your presence is an essential part of your character. Not everyone has presence, yet everyone can nurture and develop this charisma or energy in their own life by first beginning to see and acknowledge themselves as they really are – whole, perfect and complete.
- What would be possible for my life if there were no limits?
- Who would I not be afraid to be?
- What unique gift, energy or vibration would I want to bring to every interaction I make with others? (see if you can define this intent and energy in one word)
6) Accept Your Essential Truth
At the soul level, you already know what you want, who you are and why you are here. The key however is in allowing your conscious mind to step out of the way, beyond fear and limitation to accept your essential truth.
You can only accept your essential truth when you are willing to own and accept all parts of yourself, the good, the bad and the ugly. The greater your levels of self-acceptance and self-appreciation the greater your willingness to be your authentic self.
Authenticity is courageous. It implies that in dropping our masks we can allow ourselves to be seen fully and completely. In the midst of our greatest vulnerability is also our greatest strength.
- What am I concerned would happen if I was to drop my masks and simply be my authentic self?
- What is the essential truth at the core of my being?
7) Trust Your Intuitive Guidance
Finding your true purpose and soul essence is a journey – not a destination. When the student is willing to stop, turn within and ask their own higher guidance for direction, then direction comes when one is willing to listen.
This is a process of surrender. A means to stripping back the layers to allow the great wisdom that has always been within you to arise to the surface. While you may research your options and ask others for guidance and advice, at the end of the day every decision defines and shapes the course of your life.
Therefore, every step and every action holds within it the seed of great potential and possibility.
In learning to listen and attune to your soul’s inner wisdom and guidance you begin to awaken new levels of being in the world. You begin the journey home to recognising and accepting the great intuitive being that has and always will be within you. Accepting your power and ability to channel this with grace, love and significance is the first step to leading a more enlightened, purposeful and meaningful life.
- Where does my soul guide me today?
- What is the next action I need to take that would create greater levels of joy, happiness, abundance and peace in my life?
- How can I serve and make a difference in an even greater way?
Are you looking to expand your presence, potential and influence in the world? Are you longing to connect more closely with your own sense of purpose and desire to experience greater levels of flow, happiness, joy and ease?
Les Price is a transformational coach, healer and intuitive who has been working in the fields of personal, spiritual and professional development for over 20 years. If you’re ready to take your life, business and vision to a new level of being then contact our office today to organise your complimentary 20 minute coaching discovery session with Les.
Christmas 2016 is one that will be remembered for many reasons.
While families around the world gathered to celebrate Christmas lunch, news was quickly spreading of the loss of yet another great musical artist and icon – George Michael.
Mourning the Loss of Yet Another Musical Icon
As someone who had their initiation into the world of nightclubs, dance and new wave music in the 1980’s, the music of Wham and George Michael and other bands of that generation had a tremendous impact on me.
Even last night as I watched a celebration of George’s music courtesy of MTV Unplugged, I was personally moved by his soulful and almost heart inspiring lyrics and melody. Here was a man who was very connected to his work and his craft.
Insights for Living a Life of Greatness
So regardless whether you were a fan of George’s music or were aware of the challenges and issues faced in his life, I believe that there are some very powerful lessons to be learned from his life for anyone that is seeking to express their God given gifts, and who wants to live a life of greatness.
In a year where we lost so much great musical talent including the likes of Prince, Leonard Cohen, Glen Frey (The Eagles) and David Bowie, it’s the reason I felt compelled to take a closer look at George’s life and legacy and impact.
Here are just a few of the insights I believe can help other heart-centred and purpose-driven leaders shine their light more brightly in the world.
Insight #1 – We All Have the Capacity to Leave a Legacy
The reality is, that as human beings we are only here for a short while, which is why speaker, author and spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra says refers to it as a ‘little parenthesis in eternity’.
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.
This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Understanding this makes the concept of ‘leaving a legacy’ even more important for soul-centred visionaries and purpose-driven leaders.
Like Michael Jackson, Elvis, John Lennon and Prince, the music of George Michael will continue to play on and touch souls well into the future. Generations of babies that have not even been born will at some time awaken to hear and be moved by Jesus to a Child, Freedom 90 and Father Figure.
But leaving a legacy is not something that should only be reserved for those with musical or creative talent. Right now within each and every one of us we have the capacity to create and make a lasting difference that can continue on forever even when we are gone.
Whether it’s a donation to a homeless shelter, the sponsoring of a child in a developing country, the contribution towards a community garden or project, writing the book that you have always wanted to write or simply creating a business or course, each of these creative endeavours can be a seed that continues to serve people even after we are gone.
Questions for Reflection:
- So, what is your legacy going to be?
- How can your gift or genius continue to touch and impact lives even after you are gone?
Insight #2 – Making a Bigger Difference
What drives people who are successful to even greater levels of service and contribution?
In the days following George’s passing the newspapers were filled with stories of how the star had contributed so much through charities, to his community and to those who were most in need. In fact there was the proposition that millions of pounds had been donated over many years to such causes by Michael. What a tribute to someone’s life that their character of service and leadership would be brought to the forefront after their passing.
While we all may not have the financial blessing of someone like George, the reality is that when we focus on higher-order goals (those that go beyond the mere accumulation of material assets, or those that only serve to make ourselves look better) and instead put our energy on goals that serve others, serve the world and serve the greater good that providence seems to move more aptly and swiftly.
In fact research and dynamic muscle testing through Kinesiology shows that when your goals are infused and aligned with a higher sense of purpose (serving others and serving the greater good) that the energy and intensity of their ability to manifest and be realised is dramatically increased.
Questions for Reflection
- Where can you begin to serve in even greater ways?
- What’s the burning cause that will fuel you to become more, contribute more and serve more over people?
- How can you begin to align your highest intentions with a greater sense of cause and purpose?
Insight # 3 – Living Your Greatness Requires Courage
While it still may be one of George’s most somber lyrics that looked deeply into the heart of the wounded nature of humanity, Praying for Time spent almost 10 weeks on the Billboard Top 40 in August 1990.
And it’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
Well maybe we should all be praying for time
If there is one resource that is most precious it is our remaining time on this Earth, and there is nothing like the passing of a loved one to remind us just how valuable that time is.
In her great book The Five Regrets of the Dying, Australian palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware defined the key regrets that her cancer patients shared with her in the last weeks and months of their lives.
- I wish I had the courage to be true to myself.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
- I wish I had the courage to express my true feelings
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
- I wish I had let myself be happier
It’s easy to understand and appreciate these 5 Regrets in hindsight, and just like George Michael we have probably all come to a place at some time in our lives where we felt a sense of hopelessness.
Yet our prayer should not just be for more time, but should also be for
the courage, strength and belief to follow our dreams and to realise our highest intentions.
It always reminds me of this poem entitled ‘Courage’ by C.N. Audrilay that graced my path last year while speaking at one of the spiritual churches in the country.
I need courage to walk the road of life,
While fear, clouds my head with doubt,
As I make my way to leave my mark,
Before my time on earth runs out.
For an old man once told me,
If success you want to find,
The clouds of doubt that bar your way
Are illusions of your mind.
Your failures are your stepping stones,
That pave your way ahead,
It takes courage to walk along the road,
Where the faint-hearted never tread.
When Morgan Freeman was asked why he decided to make a film so focused on death after the release of the movie The Bucket List, he responded by saying that “It was not a film about death, it was in fact a film about living fully.”
Every moment we are alive we are being reminded of the precious gift of this moment. Committing our lives to living fully and vibrantly in every way is by far the greatest decision we can make.
While crafting a life of significance takes courage, faith and vision, it is in the moments that we take those steps along the road where the ‘faint-hearted never tread’ that provide us with the greatest sense of accomplishment, peace and fulfilment.
Questions for Reflection
- Where do you need to embrace greater courage in your life?
- Where have I given up hope?
- How can I restore faith in my ability to craft and create the life I truly desire?
Vale George Michael
While the world may have lost a another great artist in George Michael, we are all the richer for the legacy of music and connection that he provided all of us.
To this day royalties from his songs Last Christmas and Jesus to Child continue to be donated to worthy charities.
Rest in peace George, and may your essence, compassion and generosity continue to mark the life of one who chose to experience and shine their greatest light in the world for all to see and be blessed by.
Les Price is a transformational coach, author, speaker and intuitive who helps aspiring individudals, heart-centred business owners and purpose-driven leaders connect more deeply with their purpose, lead with their hearts and awaken their greatest potential. Visit our website to discover more about our range of coaching services, transformational programs and breakthrough sessions, or contact our office to organise your obligation-free transformation discovery session.