Thank you for reading my articles here. If any piece resonates with you, I encourage you to share your reactions, as they will likely resonate with other readers, too. I also invite you to visit my website to learn more about REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps to be a Conscious Creator in Your Life. Much Love and Many Blessings, Alice
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Grace of Synchronicities
I’m a firm believer – and appreciator – of synchronicities. Synchronicities are seemingly random events that provide us with an answer or assistance on a timely basis. Here are just a few examples you may have experienced before:
v You were thinking about something you wanted or needed, and a picture of it showed up in a magazine you happened to pick up a little later.
v You had a question in your mind about how to do something. While standing in line for your afternoon coffee, you overheard the two people in front of you talking about precisely what you were wondering about.
v You were contemplating whether to take action on something. While driving, a billboard caught your eye – the tagline contained the answer.
If we don’t believe or don’t pay attention, synchronicities sneak under the radar of our consciousness. We then miss out on the great support available to us everywhere, all the time.
Currently, I’m climbing a very steep learning curve: How to announce my forthcoming book, REACH Your Dreams, to those who can benefit from it. After all, it’s unequivocally clear to me that REACH is the wrapper around the next steps for me to serve in this life. This is what I was born to do.
As I embrace my life’s calling, I want to pause for a few moments to express appreciation and gratitude for the synchronistic guidance I’ve received even just in the last few days.
v On Monday, as I released an energetic request for help, I remembered Arielle Ford. Although I know of her from a different context than book publishing or marketing, she happens to be the publicist who helped launch Dr. Deepak Chopra’s career. Upon googling her, I found a system she developed to help authors with everything they need to know in order to market their messages! I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of this system. C’mon U. S. Postal Service – faster, faster!
v Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to a live interview with Jack Canfield, the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. His story, advice and down-to-earth style resonated with me on many different levels. For their first book, he and his co-author were rejected by 144 publishers, and it took them more than 18 months to save their book from oblivion to becoming a New York Times Bestseller. Can you imagine? Talk about perseverance! Canfield even inspired me to write my own personal mission statement, based on how I vow to live myself: To inspire and empower others to live passionately in Love and Grace, honoring who they are and where they are in life always.
v Last night, I also listened to a recorded interview with Dan Poynter, an expert in self-publishing and self-marketing for authors. He made a point of acknowledging the introverts like yours truly. Even though we absolutely love and believe in what we have to offer, it’s daunting to get out there to network and market ourselves. We introverts just aren’t wired to do these bold things. He then proceeded to provide several tips specifically for us in the minority. I know I can’t avoid altogether the extraverted marketing activities. However, the coach in me also knows how critical it is for all of us to know ourselves and to manage how much we do things that don’t come naturally to us. Therefore, I truly appreciate having other marketing tools to minimize burnout from being stretched too far, too fast, too often. I can take care of what’s mine to do while honoring my true nature.
v I’m also learning that it was a good decision to go with Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, to publish my book. This decision was made solely by following a series of synchronistic guidance. Doing so was effortless, and it now appears to have saved me money as well. Even my logical mind is conceding to the merits of this otherwise irrational choice.
As long as this blog post already is, the above points are only the tip of the iceberg. I’m deeply grateful for all the synchronistic help provided to me – and all that’s undoubtedly on its way. It reminds me of how truly and abundantly supported I am to fearlessly walk my path, which is full of Grace.
What’s mine to bring along on my path? My willingness to believe, pay attention and take guided action.