When The Planets Align...


Can you feel the change in the air? Some tips for managing change with grace and ease

There’s a lot going on in the galaxy these days. I’m no astrologer, but I read a great blog about it at divine harmony.org. In a nutshell, anything old that’s not serving you any longer is coming up to be healed and released. Change is the order of the day, whether you like it or not. Actually, it seems like whatever is coming up to be purged is likely to be the beginning of a cycle that could last until 2015.
I’m one of those people who really loves change. I wouldn’t say that I thrive on chaos, but I definitely am not a fan of routines. I like change because change means growth. One of my life’s mottos is “grow or die” because the truth is that we’re never static.
Change comes whether you like it or not. In the case of whatever change is coming up for you with the celestial shenanigans of Pluto and Uranus, how you choose to respond will determine whether you flow effortlessly with the changes or whether you feel like you’re being tossed around like you’re in a washing machine.
If you’re going to let go of old stuff and head into a cycle that could last three years, I think you’d want to be pretty intentional about it. So in the spirit of managing change with grace and ease, here are some tips:
1. Identify what you want to let go of. Spend some time contemplating each of the major life categories: love/relationship, professional, financial, spiritual, health, leisure, and social/giving back. Does something jump out at you? Prioritize the most important thing to change and focus only on that one thing.
2. Decide what you want to replace it with. Often we can’t say exactly what we want, but we’re really clear about what we don’t want. Make a list down the left side of a sheet of paper of what you don’t want. Opposite each point, write down an opposite. This will be your starting point to decide what you do want.
3. Take action. This is the single most powerful thing you can do to change your life. In my own life, the commitment to taking daily action toward my goals has changed my life. For a long time, I underestimated the importance of taking consistent daily action. Now that I’m a believer, I’ll stay up as late as I have to in order to complete my short, focused list of “committed daily actions.” (Case in point this evening...)
4. Course correct as needed. For a really long time, longer than I care to admit, I didn’t actually start anything because I was afraid it wasn’t exactly the right thing to do. Thankfully, I’ve finally learned that success and perfection aren’t friends. And since I’d rather be successful than perfect, I’ve been learning to let go of my desire for perfection. (Case in point: take a look at my awful video here. It’s not pretty, but it’s done. The message is great, but I don’t feel particularly photogenic)