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We’re Ford people, not Cadillac people. This week, I unearthed that message deep in my psyche when I was gathered with three other men for an iGroup retreat in Seattle.

As I did my work, men reminded me to “Take a breath.” As I would inhale deeply I was able to become more present with my feelings, in my mind I could clearly see what was happening, and I was able to see the cost and the benefits of this belief.

This block is not magically resolved. It’s a profound block to me living my purpose and my financial success. I’ve got a lot more work to do.

Hit Reply, Do you feel blocked from fully living your purpose, but don’t know why?

What’s the Source

Here’s an exercise you can do to uncover the source of a block. You can do this alone or with a friend or partner.

Grab your journal, notebook, or some paper, you’ll need it at the end. Taking a breath over and over again during this process can:

  • Calm your nervous system.
  • Help you to focus.
  • Allow you to manage uncomfortable feelings, memories, and situations.
  • Bring clarity.
  • Assist in breaking behavior patterns.

Begin by allowing yourself to feel blocked. As you do around fully living your purpose.

Take a breath.

Notice the qualities and sensations of your block. Describe them out loud.

Take a breath

In your mind, go back to a time in your life when you felt the same block. Describe that time.

Take a Breath.

Listen to the voices. What are they saying?

Take a breath

Find a phrase that represents your blocked feeling.

Take a breath

What are your judgments – negative and positive?

Take a breath.

Describe the negative aspects of what this phrase means to you.

Take a breath.

How does it block you?

Take a breath.

Describe the positive aspects of what this phrase means to you.

Take a breath.

How does it serve you?

Take a breath.

What do you want to let go of?

Take a breath.

What do you want to keep?

Take a breath.

Spend time journaling to capture your thoughts and insights. This block will not magically be resolved, but with it, out in front, you can continue your work toward living your purpose as fully as possible.

Live a Bold & Authentic Life

Matt

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