Are You Answering Your Mini Wakeup Calls?
By Lisa Cherney



What would you do if you knew all was well? It’s a funny thing when the braces are taken off and you give yourself freedom to do as you wish. Rev. Michael Beckwith says, “Faith is Freedom.” This is the key to unlocking your happiness. When I say this I know there is resistance to this message because of the spell you are under in your mind. The mind is a terrible thing to waste and sometimes it’s a terrible thing to rely upon. It keeps us stuck and it keeps us ignorant of our own potential.

So, go out there and take the brakes off. Don’t wait until you are dying, someone you know is dying or you think you might die, because you will wind up feeling like you are dying anyway. Don’t wait for death to give you permission to live your life. Let life give you the permission to live.

My Inner Voice Screamed
It is not that you are weak or that you don’t have what it takes. Would it help to know that you are a shining ray of hope for someone else? There is a prayer that says, “…relieve me of the bondage of self so that I may bear witness to those that I would help.“ Look around you. Who would you help by being a success and following your heart?

My husband and I have done this for the last eight years. It started with him ending his lucrative engineering career to go back to school to be a chiropractor and three months later, when I got laid off for the third time in three years, I started my own business. “Why go to work for someone else when you can work for yourself?” This is what my inner voice screamed. I had never thought about starting my own business. “My inner voice must be insane, my husband is in school, and I need to get a job” my mind shouted.

A new Lisa was born that year, and you can do it too. Yes it was a huge risk. And I have never been happier in my life. You know the feeling you have on the first day of vacation? It’s like taking that feeling; you know the one, and extending it to your whole life. No one tells you where to go or what to do. You are in charge.

Waking Up
Now, the catch is that being in charge of your life is a big responsibility and it WILL bring up your stuff. You know “the stuff” I’m talking about. It brews just below the surface, but stays bottled up as you commute each day, take care of the kids, and do what you love “on the side” or as a hobby.

Well, when you leap, not only does the net appear, but so does your crap. That’s ok though, because when you walk through it, you REALLY wakeup. I mean, you are traveling on a different highway of life. You hear things differently, you relate to people differently and you begin to have a low tolerance for not being happy.

Paying Attention
Imagine using the feeling of not being happy as a decision-making tool? We have those feelings for a reason, but they get stuffed down when we are gutting it through life. As the parents of 3-year-old boy we saw at the playground said, “Shake it off, you’re a tough guy.” We learn to gut it through until illness strikes, someone dies or we get a big wakeup call of another sort. You can wait for the big wakeup call or you can take preventive action.

Pay attention to the mini wakeup call, like when I was six months pregnant and my car spun out of control across four lanes of highway traffic, to land perfectly safe on the side of the road just as a semi-truck breezed past me. I will never forget the feeling I had; terrified mixed with the most intense gratitude imaginable. I knew in that moment I was protected, I was saved and there was a reason.

Are you missing the mini wakeup calls in your life? Just in case, here are some more examples:

• You hear about a tragedy in someone else’s life that you don’t know, but it hits you really hard.
• You have a close call in your car: Stopping short, avoiding hitting a pedestrian or a minor fender bender.
• You get really sick or get injured, just serious enough to make you stop your life, but nothing that is permanent.
• You are laid off, your company closes or your current job is taken away.
• You experience a very profound blessing, like the birth of a child, and your perspective drastically shifts.
• You help someone “less fortunate” and feel a deep gratitude for your life.
• You have an intuition about something you ignore, and then realize you shouldn’t have.
• Your plane makes an emergency landing, you are fine, but the whole way down you reviewed your life and made promises to God.

Even if it didn’t happen exactly as above, you now know if you’ve had a mini wakeup call. So, the question is, are you going to answer it? They say to ask yourself, “What is the worst that could happen?” An even better question is, “What is the best that could happen?” Play with that one and see how it makes you feel.

All I know is I couldn’t have imagined that eight years later my husband (of 13 years) and I would be closer, happier, doing work we both LOVE , living in a beautiful home near a lake and getting to spend more time with our 2-year-old than most parents dream of. What do you dream of? Now is the time to start living that dream!

Lisa Cherney is a Business Intuitive, Master Marketing Consultant and Founder of Conscious Marketing™. For more info on her coaching and workshops (Balancing Head & Heart in Business and Find the Perfect Words to Attract Your Ideal Clients) visit or call (888) 771-0156.
© 2008 Lisa Cherney

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