truth 2017

Seven Steps to….TRUTH

willPower “fails” often result when we’re not being truthful…with ourselves. We say we want one thing, but we do another. It’s annoying, frustrating, and ultimately destructive. So, this week is dedicated to uncovering our truths and avoiding the fail. Our human nature urges us to “love” something(one) from a place of ought, need, or ego until a feeling of emptiness consumes us. Left unchecked, an injury, illness, or crisis erupts. The disconnect represents an element of denial, deceit, and betrayal…to oneself. Before we get there…call it preventative willPower…we take a thorough investigation of our TRUTH.

1. What is your idea of heaven right now? Note: this is not a “vacation” or “do nothing” type of heaven. This is a soul illumination type of heaven. The trick is to trust the feeling of it. If it feels more like drudgery than joy, chances are you are not being truthful with yourself.

There is an element of “work” in everything that illuminates the soul, but, if you notice yourself resisting a pursuit over and over, chances are, you are deceiving yourself about the soul-fit of this pursuit.

2. Explore the origin of your goal, dream, or desire. Did a parent, spouse, friend, or society influence it? Or, did it come uniquely from you?

Psst…the best ones usually make no sense to your parents, spouses, friends, or society at large!

3. Travel across borders — real or imaginary. Expose yourself to people of different backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, or religions.

With an open mind, see how their “truths” differ from yours and wonder / explore why.

4. Think back about a time which felt like a glory era in your life, so to speak. What were you doing, eating, feeling? Where were you living, learning, loving?

Conjure it to learn from it.

5. Have you passed the expiration date of your goal, dream, or desire? What made your heart sing last year (last decade, etc.) may not make your heart sing now…and that’s A-OK. We’re meant to change, evolve, and grow.

Allow today’s self to guide you toward your future self.

6. Have you given your present goal, dream, or desire ample time to manifest? A human baby requires nine months of gestation. Typically, a new behavior requires 3-4 weeks. Give yourself that dedicated time and effort to see if it will stick…in your lifestyle.

Consistency is the predecessor to greatness.

7. What is one thing you could do this week to alleviate stress, anxiety, or frustration? See yourself with this task completed and how good it will feel. With that feeling in mind, figure out how to schedule it in this week.

Remember, the overriding objective is to feel good…and to be TRUTHful to yourself.

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit