Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Monday, August 22, 2005

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it." -The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This quote is from one of my very favorite books and is the inspiration for the name of my coaching practice. Though I've had this quote memorized for quite some time, I've had difficulty believing that it actually applied to me. Until today. Today, I got a gift, an invitation, that could only be possible if all the universe was conspiring to make it so.

As you know by reading my blog, I've reached a point of frustration that almost shut me down. "What's the use?" "This will never work." "Who do you think you are?" Yep, the demons were starting to make some headway. The only thing I did differently this time as opposed to all the other times they came knocking on my door was that I kept taking small steps that I thought might take me where I wanted to go. Now don't get me wrong. I still invited the nasty creatures into my house and offered them a chair so they would be there as soon as I got back. But I kept showing up, kept asking, kept making contacts inspite of all of their racket.

And guess what? Today, someone I would really like to work with who lives an ocean away, who is only hosting one public workshop this year and it is in England, who isn't taking on new mentors right now, who has never met me, yadda yadda yadda....replied to inquiry for help with an invitation to a private three-day gathering he will be leading in North America in September. All I have to do is get myself there. Wow. I am blinded by gratitude. And the demons packed up and moved on. They cannot thrive on gratitude.

So, my question to you is this: what one thing do you want most in this world? What little tiny steps can you take toward getting it? I suggest you start taking them inspite of the advice and head-chatter you might get to the contrary. Wouldn't it be great if all the universe was conspiring behind the scenes just for you?

Find something extraordinary in today!

Love,

Sarah

Monday, August 15, 2005

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
- Benjamin Franklin

Enough said!

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!

Sarah

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Essential Element #4: Consider Your Choices

Today stinks. There is just no other way I can say it. I've been avoiding my blog because, to be honest, the past several days have stunk too. I have a vision of where I want my life, my work and my family to be and it just isn't happening fast enough to suit me. As a matter of fact, I said to myself this morning "It isn't happening, it hasn't happened, so it is never going to happen". How's that for a full-blown pity party?! So, what to do?

Ah, yes "Consider My Choices". I can continue to throw myself against the wall of frustration OR I can look around and see that there is laundry to do, a child to feed, birthday party invitations to mail. Do these sound exciting and glamourous? Not particularly, but they are the stuff of life. One of my mentors used to say "What's the next indicated step? Just do that and then take the next indicated step and the next and so on. Soon, you'll just be living." So, what's my next indicated step? Well, my desk is a mess and the living room needs to be vacuumed. Being brilliant amidst chaos is a tough road, especially when I don't feel like being brilliant anyway. So, I think I'll get up, and do the doings of life. It sure beats sitting here feeling sorry for myself.

What are your choices today? Can you consider them? Let me know how that works for you.

Find Something Extraordinary in Today (even if it is in folding the laundry!)

Love,
Sarah

Friday, August 05, 2005

Essential Elements #3: Check Your Assumptions

I watched What the Bleep Do We Know last night. Wow! Talk about checking your assumptions! The whole idea behind the movie is that, ultimately, our thoughts about our reality create our reality. Wrap your brain around that for awhile. It is close to the concept of "self-fulfilling prophecy": Once we believe a certain outcome is inevitable, our subconscious actions and energies will set about creating that outcome. I know that it sounds way woo-woo, but the movie interviews physicists who believe that it is a scientific fact-they call it Quantum Physics.

So, if our thoughts impact the creation of our reality, what assumptions are you making about your life or about people or circumstances in your life? What stories are you telling yourself are true? Are they true? Are you absolutely positively sure they are true? Just for the sake of arguement, try re-writing something you believe is unchangeable in your life-just write in on paper with a different ending-even if you don't think it could actually happen that way. How does it feel to just imagine a happy fulfilling outcome? Let that feeling inspire you to just consider that your assumptions may not be as caste in stone as you think.

Want to be inspired by the movie? What The Bleep Do We Know

Discover Something Extraordinary In Today!

Sarah

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Whining

David St Lawrence has a fantastic blog called Ripples, essential reading for those of us who've fled or are mapping our escape from corporate life.

Here is a thought he offered on one of my favorite subjects-whining!

Whining, by the way, is a dead giveaway that the person doing the whining has not taken responsibility for his or her actions.


If that doesn't get you thinking about Everyday Alchemy, I dont know what will!

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!

Sarah