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Living from Grace

What does it mean to live from grace? Grace is one of those words many of us hear frequently but don’t think about much. It can easily become an esoteric concept that doesn’t apply to everyday life.

Or is it?

We often talk about living “in the flow”. Of allowing things to happen rather than forcing outcomes or results. Of living life with ease and creating next steps from a natural place of effortlessness.

It’s often easier said than done!

I had an unexpected experience of grace recently and was able to marvel at the synchronicity of what happened. My needs were met without effort or forcing anything. I was going to teach a class on grace and thought to myself “what in the world am I going to talk about for three hours on this topic?”. How do I teach grace?

The next day a book showed up at my door on the topic of grace. Hence, our Fresh Tracks podcast this week is the author of this book! This is an example of me bringing something I wanted into my life without worry, effort or stress. This was me living and creating from grace. Grace is a way of being, it’s not something we make or that has a step-by-step formula for achieving.

What it means to “be grace”

First of all, recognize that “grace is”. It is our job to recognize it. It is not something we create or manifest, it is a way of being.

When we live in grace things unfold seamlessly and we don’t need to do anything to make it happen. Living in grace is living in the flow. Living in alignment with the Universe. It’s the book showing up at my doorstep when I ask how I am going to teach a topic.

The Universe itself is orderly and balanced. When we are being graceful we are in alignment with this order and balance. We are in harmony with the natural order of the Universe.

Grace is not something we get. We grow into grace as much as we can embody it. It is an ever-evolving, always changing way of being.

Grace is not something granted by divine inspiration, it is something inside us that we bring out. Without force. Without holding on tightly. Without strings attached.

Grace is.  

Having a difficult time seeing the truth for yourself? A Spiritual Coaching Session with Kelly will do just that for you. Schedule one here now

What Really Happens When You Betray Yourself?

The biggest hurt I’ve experienced in my life was a betrayal by someone close to me. Like all betrayals, it caught me off guard and the truth is I didn’t recognize that it was a betrayal when it happened. It wasn’t an obvious betrayal such as someone cheating on me or someone close unexpectedly stealing money. But it was a betrayal none the less. 

It took time to heal from that betrayal. To learn what it meant to me and why it happened in the first place. Our Fresh Tracks podcast guest, Debi Silber, speaks to us about healing from betrayal. She shares the five stages of healing from every betrayal as well as why it’s important to make meaning from the event in order to move forward. 

Knowing how painful betrayal is and how it shatters our trust in such a powerful way, I thought it would be useful to investigate what it means to betray yourself. 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways we betray our self:

  • Making decisions because we fear the disapproval of others.
  • Hiding who we are and trying to be who we think we should be to fit in.
  • Thinking that people won’t love us if they know who we really are.
  • Not voicing our opinion because we don’t want to rock the boat.
  • Living our life in a way others want us to instead of how we choose to.
  • Staying in a job we hate just to pay the bills, when we know there is something better for us.
  • Not being our self because of someone else’s opinion.
  • Being untrue or dishonest with our self.

What quickly happens is you don’t trust yourself to keep your word or that you will follow through with things. Which leads to disliking yourself and not living an authentic life. You struggle to create with intention and purpose. 

Think you may have fallen into the self-betrayal trap? Here are a few steps you can take to stop this sabotaging pattern…

  • Acknowledge the different ways you betray yourself.
  • Take responsibility for your choices.
  • Commit to honoring and loving yourself.

Trusting ourselves is one of the most important ways we create and manifest our lives with intention. Self-love is the opposite of self-betrayal. Accepting who we are and unconditionally loving where we’ve been is the path to embodying that we are whole and complete human beings, allowing us to add meaning and purpose in the world.

Having a difficult time seeing the truth for yourself? A Spiritual Coaching Session with Kelly will do just that for you. Schedule one here now

Is Self-Expression a Spiritual Endeavor?

Have you ever thought about how fully and freely you express yourself? Do you express yourself more freely in some situations than others? How does self-expression play a role in creating your Fresh Tracks?  

Self-expression is a display of your personality. It’s having an awareness of you and your YOUness from within and expressing that in your life. Expressing yourself is how you share yourself with the world.

Authentic self-expression is how people get to know the real you, and it allows you to develop closer relationships with people, be accepted for who you truly are, and ultimately live a life of freedom because you’re clearly being you.

When you are expressing yourself, people see your true personality, your individuality. People can feel your true character and spirit, which is as unique and individual as you are. 

We often hear people discussing the importance of authenticity. It’s important to be authentic and just as valuable to express that! Our Fresh Tracks podcast guest this week, Lola Wright, talks about authenticity, self-expression and the important role being you plays in society as a whole.

Self-expression is about more than authenticity. It’s being authentic and not hiding it. Self-expression requires self-esteem and confidence to show and express yourself, no matter who’s around or where you are. 

As teenagers grow they often try on different hats on the road to discovering who they are. There is a certain point in early middle school where each of my kids discovered their taste in music. You could see them trying on different genres to see which they preferred, and what response they got from others to each genre. We frequently see people expressing themselves boldly with tattoos and piercings, words, clothing, hairstyle, music.

Be aware there is a fine line between expressing yourself and the “look at me” syndrome, which is based in external validation rather coming from an internal, soulful power.

It can be said that we are always expressing ourselves, even if it’s something we may not want to be expressing, such as lack of power or hiding. The more connected we are with ourselves the more authentic our expression is. By not expressing yourself you are denying the world your beautiful bright light. The song of your soul.

Sharing yourself fully is a spiritual endeavor, offering the world your generosity, authenticity, and pureness of spirit. The world is craving your authenticity and what’s needed of you is to express who you are. Unashamedly. Proudly. Boldly.

I have spent way too many years of my life not feeling confident or comfortable enough to express myself. Feeling like it was more important to fit in and be like everyone else rather than be myself. I conformed rather than expressed.

Are there places in your life where you don’t feel you are safe to express yourself? Are you holding back or doing what you think is the right thing to do rather than expressing yourself?

Simply ask yourself the questions and be aware. Listen. How DO you choose to self-express? 

Having a difficult time seeing the truth for yourself? A Spiritual Coaching Session with Kelly will do just that for you. Schedule one here now

Understanding Universal Law

Discovering your beliefs, particularly beliefs that don’t support you in creating Fresh Tracks, is an important part of changing the results in your life.

When looking at beliefs we must start at the beginning. Where do we come from and what are we made of? It’s important to understand we all have access to the same tools and come from the same substance. How we use this substance is what varies and is why some people seem to achieve their goals easily while others struggle. 

One of my favorite quotes is by the great teacher Thomas Troward. He said “Principle is not bound by precedent.” To me this means that just because I have always gotten a certain result—such as never making more than $20,000 a month in my business—doesn’t mean I can’t make more than $20,000 a month in my business (precedent). Most of us can easily agree with this.

The subtlety in this statement is: what does Principle mean?

Principle is Universal Law, and to create our lives with intention we all need to know, understand, and master what IS possible. What is Universal Law? What is Principle and where am I following it and where am I not following it?

Universal Laws cross all religions and are spiritual truths by which we all live. They are simply truths.

If you are struggling to create a change in your life, or certain parts of your life are not working, you are struggling because you are not following a Universal Law correctly.

If you don’t even know what they are it’s hard to determine if you are following them correctly!

Why are Universal Laws important to know and understand? Because many of our beliefs (both conscious and unconscious) are not in alignment with Universal Law. In fact, some of our beliefs contradict the laws and that is why understanding these may be the most important thing you learn and study right now.

Be open to the fact that if you are not receiving a result in your life it is because you are not following a Universal Law. Yet you might be doing what YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE. And what you know to be true may be wrong.

Recognize where you have a belief that is not in alignment with a Universal Truth, and then see where this untrue belief is stopping you from creating what you want in life. Following this process is a game changer and can make creating your Fresh Tracks effortless!

About Kelly Robbins

Kelly Robbins is the producer of the Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins podcast and the author of Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks.

A proven leader, master communicator and teacher, Kelly’s 17 year track record helping others catapult their lives and careers by creating Fresh Tracks is unprecedented. Today she helps others live their divine purpose, experience life as a fun adventure, and trust their next step always.

Kelly has a masters degree in Communications from the University of Denver and is a licensed practitioner with the Centers for Spiritual Living.

 

3 Steps to Stop Fear From Stopping You

It’s terrifying and is something we avoid experiencing at all costs. It can sneak up on us in the most unexpected ways, often paralyzing us mid-step. And yet, it’s a perfectly normal and natural occurrence we all have.

Fear. It’s part of the human experience. Some of us experience it more frequently than others and, the more we push ourselves to experience new things and to expand, the more likely we are to experience fear frequently.

Fear is both an instinct and an emotion. The chemical response, the adrenaline, is instinctual to everyone, while the emotion of fear is unique to each person. Different things will trigger fear in different people.

Let’s take a deeper look at fear and when we should pay attention to it and when we should keep going in spite of it.

Instinctual fear vs. Emotional fear

Fear pops up for two reasons and it’s your job to learn to differentiate between the two. There’s instinctual fear that protects you from being eaten by tigers and not killed by passing cars. This fear saves lives.  

And then there’s fear that appears when we are afraid because we are stepping beyond our comfort zone – creating Fresh Tracks. In this instance your body physically responds as if you are about to be eaten by a tiger, adrenaline courses through your body, your heart beats rapidly. Your instinct is to save yourself from danger, except it’s not from a tiger, it’s from yourself!

You are afraid because you are pushing past the edge of what you know to be safe. Examples of this may be asking for a promotion, raising your rates, or speaking in public.

In both instances your body is responding in the same way, however you don’t need to react the same way. So how do you discern the difference between the two?

  1. Be aware. Start by learning how you react when you are afraid. Get to know yourself. Do you shut down? Hide out in your house? Get quiet? Drink? Run away? Blame others?
  2. Practice recognizing the difference between the two types of fear. Having the consciousness to recognize your body is responding to something and your life is not on the line is the beginning.
  3. Recognize fear as it’s happening. Make a conscious decision to keep going in spite of fear.

In my podcast interview with Dr. Friedemann Schaub, he shares tips for how to recognize your fear and anxiety patterns and how they can impact your ability to cut Fresh Tracks.

The ability to differentiate between the two types of fear is mandatory to learning to trust yourself and to push past the invisible boundaries you keep hitting in your struggles. 

Part of the journey to creating Fresh Tracks, trusting yourself, and living a life of purpose is self-awareness. Take the time to learn about you. How is emotional fear thwarting your drive to cut Fresh Tracks?

Discover the Next Steps to Your Fresh Tracks in Kelly’s free video training here now. 

 

3 Steps to Trusting Your Decisions

Making decisions can be tough. Particularly when you are creating Fresh Tracks and stepping into new and uncharted territory. Why is making a decision so difficult when doing new things? Because you don’t have a history to support or justify your decision, particularly if it doesn’t turn out the way you choose.

In the first chapter of my book, Trust Your Next Step: Creating the Confidence to Cut Fresh Tracks we take a deep dive into making a true decision and what it entails. Part of what we review is your awareness, intention, decision, and action.

The truth is most of us are not taught how to make a true decision, and yet decision-making is such an important aspect of our life as humans. We are gifted with the ability to choose. It’s what sets us apart from everything else. And to top it off, according to Fresh Tracker Dr. Gary Klein on the Fresh Tracks podcast, what many of us were taught about how to make decisions is completely wrong! Most decision-making is done on a subconscious level and happens quickly. Not plotted out on a flow chart.

Making decisions on a conscious level and cultivating confidence and trust in yourself involves some self-reflection. How do you make decisions (quickly, intuitively, slowly, after months of research, you don’t unless you have to)? How often do you stick with the decisions you do make?

Here are a few factors that may be playing a role in your ability, or inability, to make a true decision.

Trust
Making a decision is also an exercise in how much you trust yourself. Decision-making is overloaded with beliefs and feelings that you may not be aware of at first glance. Not trusting yourself or your ability to make the right decision, but also trusting yourself that you will follow through and stick to your decision once you’ve made it are key motivators behind these beliefs. Next time you are in a position to make a decision, slow down and listen to your body. What’s it telling you? And how much of that do you agree with?

Fear
Fear frequently reigns its ugly head when it’s time to make a decision. Particularly when cutting Fresh Tracks! We may be afraid to lose something in making one choice over another. Or we are unwilling to give up the status quo – even if we say we want change, our decision-making doesn’t support that. Where is fear coming up for you in your decision-making?

Mindset
One last factor that dramatically effects your decisions is your belief about your ability to complete the task. Your mindset affects your decision-making. So, when confronted with making a different choice or when cutting Fresh Tracks and approaching something new, stop and examine your mindset. What are your beliefs about the matter? Why does it matter to your decision? Do you believe yourself and what you are committing to?

Trusting yourself when making decisions, taking action from a place of power, and stepping boldly into your path and purpose are all reasons to continue moving forward on your path cutting Fresh Tracks.

I thank you for being with me on this journey and I look forward to both of us continuing to cut Fresh Tracks!

Discover the Next Steps to Your Fresh Tracks in Kelly’s free video training here now. 

How to Think Like a Boss: The Two Principles You Must Master

Olympian Ester Ledecka knows firsthand the rewards of cutting Fresh Tracks, creating an astounding upset in winter sports history by doing her own thing her own way.

Winter sports enthusiasts know – skiers aren’t good at snowboarding. And snowboarders can’t ski if their life depended on it. The two sports are completely different. Both the mechanics of the sports and the culture of each are night and day. In fact, the ski industry is known for snubbing snowboarders and consider snowboarding more of a “performance” than a true sport.

Along comes Czech Ester Ledecka – who didn’t give a hoot about athletic norms as she became not only the first woman to compete in two sports in any winter Olympics, but she also won two gold medals; one in women’s super-G Alpine skiing and the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding.

This was a complete upset in the Alpine ski world. Why? Let’s take a look….

When Ester raced the super-G she was the 26th skier to come down the mountain – that’s how far behind she was in the ranking. The race had already been called – photos of the medalists had already been taken!

Ledecka skied the super-G for fun, just to see how well she could do because she could. She won by .01 seconds and was so caught off-guard by her gold medal that she hid during the interviews. She wore her googles to her press conference afterward because, in her words, “I was not prepared to be at this ceremony, and I don’t have any makeup.”

Let’s take a look at two things Ester did to bring herself to this record breaking place in the Olympic winter sports community…

 Mastering the Law of Thinking

Ester first skied at age two and tried snowboarding at age five (because her brother was doing it). As she grew she trained in both sports and actually had separate coaching staffs and schedules in order to develop both skillsets. Ester refused to listen to advice to specialize in one sport – which she had been told to do since she was eight.

Ester made up her own mind about what she wanted to do, did the work to make it happen, and focused on doing her best. She did not set her limits on what others told her was possible. In an interview after her win, Ester shares “I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a little child… A lot of people were telling me that it is not possible to do both sports and to be on a high level in both sports and today I proved that it is possible.”

Ester would later say that skiing the super-G as a boarder rather than a skier may have given her an advantage because of her mindset. “I was standing there as a snowboarder a little bit in my heart, and all the girls are just (Alpine) specialists and there was a lot of pressure on them,” Ledecka said, recalling her thoughts when was at the start gate. “I was just, `C’mon, just do the best run you can, skier.’”

When asked what she would do if she were pressured to choose one sport she replied she would choose a different coach instead.

 Mastering the Law of Success

Ledecka is a snowboarder by trade and has only competed in skiing for two years.

She had never placed higher than 29th and came into the Olympics ranked 43rd in the world cup standings. Ester was happy to be the first person to ever compete in both sports at the Winter Olympics as that was her goal. She started the winning race in the 26th spot, beating the first-place winner by .01 seconds.

“I was probably the only snowboarder on site,” she said. “All the other girls didn’t risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run.”

Ester is dedicated, disciplined and focused – which is why the Law of Success is the Universal Principle that led to her ultimate gold medal. The main worry her coaches have is that she never wants to get off the slope, which in Alpine skiing can be dangerous.

“She is absolutely focused,” says her skiing coach Thomas Bank.

Her coaches say that because Ester both skied and boarded she was able to see the mountain differently when Alpine skiing. She was able to act more like an artist and create her own path rather than focusing on technique and best practices others have mastered.

The question to ask yourself is…

  1. Where are you “staying in the lines”.
  2. Where are you doing what’s expected of you rather than what you desire?
  3. Do you have the support system in place to support your decision?
  4. Are you expecting to succeed?

Overview

Belief

In herself. Didn’t listen to or follow advice from experts to specialize in one sport.

Universal Laws in Play

Law of Success – Every one of us is designed to succeed because the Universe is conspiring in your favor. Always.

Law of Thinking – Your dominant thoughts are what you manifest

Results

1st woman to compete in two Winter Olympic Sports. Two gold medals.

 

Is Your Mindset Conducive to a Life of Passion and Money?

Passion is one of those intangible things that we all know when we feel it, yet isn’t always easy to describe. It’s not easy to teach someone how to be or become passionate. Becoming passionate is an individual journey and it comes more naturally to some than others.

It feels great to be around passionate people. We are drawn to them, they are magnetic! The energy is simply contagious and who doesn’t want to feel excitement and enthusiasm like someone who is passionate about who they are and what they do?

And that is why bringing passion to everything you do, especially your work and your marketing, energizes and motivates others. People are starving for that energy and will want to work with you, even if they can’t describe why. Passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.

And yet so many of us struggle to obtain and keep our passion.

Passion is something we develop, not necessarily something we are born with. We have to find it for ourselves and the truth is, we don’t usually start off as experts at whatever it is. We get better because we keep at it. We make it fun.

Want to live a life of passion?

Stop waiting around for it to fall in your lap! Passion is cultivated and nurtured. Our guest on this week’s Fresh Tracks podcast, Carey Smolensky, helps folks find and achieve a life of passion. He shares his lifelong journey – which began as early as High School – and how it has manifested into the several businesses he owns today.

Passion begins with a mindset.

Your outlook on life can be one of boredom and not seeing opportunities around you, or fun and adventure around every corner. Do you spend your days doing things you love? Surrounded by people you love? If not, you need to make changes immediately.

Here are a few tips for gaining more passion in your life:

  • Don’t assume that your passion should be your job.
  • Don’t procrastinate on something you are passionate about because it doesn’t pay financially.
  • Make decisions based on what will allow you to live your life more passionately.
  • Be excited about your life and each day.
  • Surround yourself with passionate people. Let go of those nay-sayers that drag you down!

As a business owner and marketer, it’s especially important you bring your passion to what you do because the feeling of it, the energy of it, shines through to your clients and prospects. It can’t not. And it is often times the key ingredient to success (in addition to a rocking marketing funnel!). Your passion and energy are contagious.

How You Handle Yourself While Waiting Says a Lot About Your Ability to Stay Present

Waiting tends to suck. No one wants to do it and yet, we all end up waiting at one time or another.

There’s two types of waiting; anticipated and unanticipated.

Anticipated waiting, such as waiting for the results of a test or waiting for your book to be released from the publisher (ehm – especially if it’s WAAY longer than you expected it to be), we can plan for. While we may be impatient for the results, we also know it’s coming and can plan for it. We may plan to keep ourselves busy and keep our mind off the waiting. Or we may focus on staying positive or preparing ourselves for a poor outcome.

The second type of waiting is when you are waiting unexpectedly, such as waiting in line at the DMV or the grocery store. Waiting in traffic or for a delayed flight. Unanticipated waiting catches us off guard and often leaves us feeling out of control, frustrated or angry. Our plans are thwarted and can throw off other deadlines.

As business owners we are accustomed to being in control of many things. When we are forced to wait, particularly unexpectedly, we are definitely not in control, and that can be incredibly uncomfortable!

When we are waiting and feeling out of control we often go to two places:

  1. Victimhood – “Why am I always in the slow lane”?  “This happens to me every time I’m in a hurry”.
  2. Frustration and blame – This has more of an angry tone to it. “This is why I never get my goals accomplished”. “Those kids are always slowing me down”.

I think we can all agree, neither of these places is healthy or helping us (or the people around us) in any way. Let’s take a look at how we can wait and choose how we respond.

Tips for handling waiting more consciously

  1. Breathe. Taking a few breaths may slow you down and allow you to get ahold of yourself momentarily. You can also take this time to do some focused, meditative breathing that you always intend to do but never make the time for.
  2. Be productive. Update your to-do list or your shopping list. Delete some of those emails that are nine months old. Have you not made time to call your mom in a while? This is it!
  3. Practice being mindful and staying in the present. Do a short meditation or a focused prayer or intention setting. Be aware of what’s going on around you – how can you make the most of the situation? Can you be of service in any way?
  4. Let go. Sometimes the best way to get unstuck is to not focus on the issue, in this instance waiting, and move on to something else. Oftentimes this letting go process is what breaks you free. Accept the situation you are in and do something else.

How you react to situations, particularly the unexpected or uncomfortable, is your choice. Being conscious of how you react to waiting is just one place to focus your attention this week.

Are you ready to be more present in each moment? Perhaps our free Success in Business Meditation is right for you. Click here for immediate access!

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What Bold Action Are You Avoiding on Your Path to Creating Fresh Tracks?

There’s no denying it, if you keep doing the same thing you will keep getting the same results. The bigger your goal the bigger and bolder the actions you will need to take to accomplish it. Yet many of us stay stuck, busy, even unhappy because we are afraid of the risk involved in taking a bold step.

What does it mean to be bold? It means showing an ability to take risks. Being confident and courageous in your actions. Requiring yourself to be courageous and daring. It means being will to accomplish something despite the risks.

People who choose to be bold are inspiring not just because they get big things accomplished, but because they also instigate growth, progress, and movement for themselves and others around them, says Inc. magazine columnist and best-selling author Kevin Daum. It takes boldness to create Fresh Tracks.

The question quickly becomes what is a bold action for you?

Singing out loud in public? Showing your picture on your website? Having a voice and speaking up for yourself or sharing your opinion? Making a sales call? Asking for money? Quitting your job and risking security?

Here’s the thing. What’s bold for me is probably different than what’s bold for you. However, the way you feel after you make a bold move, after you push yourself and do something risky, that feeling is universal. Taking a bold action creates a powerful sense of strength inside of you. THAT feeling of empowerment and confidence is available to each of us. What’s required is taking the bold action.

In our Fresh Tracks with Kelly Robbins interview with Bold Betties founder Niki Koubourlis, Niki shares that tackling an outdoor adventure can be the catalyst for knowing that you are capable of way more than you previously thought. Conquering an outdoor adventure can give you the confidence to create a change in a different part of your life.

One bold move can be the catalyst to creating your Fresh Tracks.

The change that happens is not necessarily in the act itself, but it’s inside you. When you take a big, bold action there are feelings that go along with that! Fear is usually one of them.

After that comes the realization that you DID IT. There is confidence, pride, courage and much more. You become a different person. Who you are ‘being’ changes because you realize you can ‘be’ more. Be different than you were.

Your job is to capture the powerful feelings associated with the power in yourself, the “I did it!!!” feelings, and bring that confidence and the vibration of those feelings to the other areas of your life you are focusing on.

If you want to create Fresh Tracks you need to be bold. If you are too afraid to take the next step in your journey, take a bold step in another area. Perhaps an outdoor adventure. Or reading at a poetry slam. It shakes up your stuck, fearful energy and just may be the catalyst to the next tracks on your journey.

What is the next bold move you can take today?

Are you ready to make a bold move? Reach out for a complimentary consultation with Kelly now!