How to Develop Laser Sharp Clarity Like the Big Dogs (Day Three of Big Dog Series) • New Tricks
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Today we will be hearing from my mentor and coach, Sarah Robinson. Sarah has a way of whispering in your ear so that you take the next step, I guess we should call her the Blog Whisperer.

How to Develop Laser Sharp Clarity Like the Big Dogs

by Sarah Robinson

How would you, your blog and your business be different if you had laser-sharp clarity about The Thing you are up to in this world and the most important things you should (and should not) be working on to get where you know you are supposed to go?

Today, I’d like to share a tool with you that I teach my clients that is part of the Irresistible Business Presence Equation (you can learn more about that here if you’re interested). When you are overwhelmed by options and uncertain of the best direction to take your blog, you can access what Martha Beck (she trained me as a coach) calls the Body Compass. Here’s the thing – for your blog to be irresistible to your right people, or your Tribe, it must be deeply connected to who you are. By tapping into your inner wisdom, you can be certain that the steps and choices you make resonate within you, and will then resonate with your tribe.
So, how do you setup your own Body Compass so that you can run your blog and your business with laser-sharp clarity?

Step 1. Think of the most joyful moment of your life.
Close your eyes and really put yourself into that moment. What do you see? Who was there? What do you smell? Anchor it into your senses. Now, scan your body. Where does that supremely joyful feeling live? Really nestle down into its place of residence like a big down bed.

Step 2. Think of the most heinous experience of your life.
Do everything you did in Step 1 to anchor it in your body. What do you see? Who is there? What do you smell. Once it’s vividly technicolor, scan your body again. Where does this complete and total yucky, nasty feeling live in your body. Now you don’t have to nestle down into it, but do make a note of its address in your body and what it feels like to be there.

Step 3. Summon the decision you must make.
Visualize each of your available options in turn. Breathe into the details. What will that option look like? Feel like? And when you really are “in” that option, where does the feeling it gives you “live”? Is it a nearby neighbor of Joyful or is it camped out near YuckyMcNasty? Don’t let your brain get in on this conversation. This is about tapping into what your body knows. I’m guessing that one of the options in front of you lives in Joyful’s neighborhood. And, if I were you, that is the option I would choose.

So my challenge for you today is this: try this little exercise on a decision large (like should you redesign your blog) or small (like should you ask that person to write a guest blog post) and let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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  • @judiknight
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    I remember doing that when when I first decided to go to your Creating Irresistible Presence workshop last Fall. I really didn't know the body compass technique but after reading your Invitation ( I won't call that masterpiece a "sales page") I had that Joyful, "yes" feeling. And when I checked in on not being there, Yucky. Then when my head gets involved the chatter about the money and what if it isn't … and am I wasting my time… and I am too busy… came in. I am learning that you just have to really listen to yourself and this Body Compass exercise gives us a process to follow. Thanks.

    • @SarahRobinson
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      The thing I love about the body compass is that it takes the noise in our head out of the picture. You know I'm all about learning to trust our instincts and the Body Compass is a great tool for learning how to do that. 🙂

  • beth lord
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    I have never used The Body Compass. For the past two years when a decision was to be made, I have been practicing the art of "letting go" and putting it in more capable hands. I then do my best to mentally and physically walk away. Then I listen…with all my senses. I have found that by simply turning over the problem/situation/decision I am more open to receiving the answer I need to move forward. It has been grueling from a patience perspective, but so far it has not failed me. A few recitals of the serenity prayer usually helps me get through. I have a big decision coming up and I am going to give The Body Compass a try…thanks Sarah!
    My recent post all roads lead to the same end…

    • @SarahRobinson
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      I like your process too, and have used it myself many times. 🙂 The Body Compass gives my hamster brain something to do and taps into the same place the power of the Serenity Prayer resides. Can't wait to hear how it works for you. 🙂

    • Callahan McDonough
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      hey Beth, the serenity prayer my all time fav 🙂 & got me thru many a time.
      like the correlation.

  • Maureen Nolan
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    The body compass technique is a 3-D version of the questions What do you want? What will it feel like when you get there? What will it feel like if you don't get there? I'm living the 'don't get there' part right now and will move towards the 'get there' with some imagery. I like the 3-D quality of the body compass as I visualize with ease and it's always in 3-D. Thanks for the new view.

    My recent post Use an ADHD Dictionary Before Yelling ‘Lazy!’

    • @SarahRobinson
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      I am such a kinesthetic (sp?) learner that I have to be able to feel things in my body to know that they are real and true. So glad you like it. 🙂

    • Callahan McDonough
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      hey Maureen, always appreciate your viewpoint and honesty. The 'don't get there' seems to weave in & out for me and usally ends up being part of 'getting there'.

  • @SarahRobinson
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    Yep – remembering to employ the tools that are already in our tool box can be such a challenge sometimes. BUT at least you have to the tool and you do eventually get around to remembering to use it. 🙂

  • @SarahRobinson
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    Yes well – you know I am so not the woo-woo type. 🙂 So glad it is STILL useful for you!!

    xoxoxo

  • Dave MacDonald
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    Thanks Sarah…. your process of identifying the Body Compass is right on! It reminds me of a technique I teach every patient & client of mine called Quick-Coherence (developed by my friends at HeartMath (www.heartmath.com).

    It sounds to me like your Body Compass process is helping folks induce a greater degree of coherence in their heartbeat. Research that studies Heart Rate Variability or HRV has
    demonstrated that when our heart is in a coherent rhythm we are able to think more clearly, act more authentically, we produce less Cortisol (stress hormone) & the body’s front line immune responses recover more quickly. This is only a sampling of the benefits.

    A coherent heartbeat gives us access to our intuition & generates curiosity, creativity, compassion and courage. Better yet….when we induce a state of coherence in ourselves we help bring others, in proximity to us, into a coherent state as well. Think about how a vibrating tuning fork will cause still tuning fork to begin vibrating when it is placed near it. Well……it turns out that our heart / mind / body has a similar capacity!

    I’ll bet that when you are helping folks to listen to the wisdom of that joyful place in their
    bodies versus that icky heinous place, you are likely also teaching them to recognize the difference between a coherent and an incoherent heart. Cool!

  • Callahan McDonough
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    Sarah, I love this exercise, it not only helps me get clarity for decisions but also gets me back into the NOW. It's interesting for me that even trying to sift through which of my experiences to choose for step 1 & 2 was a bit of a struggle. When I let the struggle just be in the background, I could see the experiences. Also the choice, nearly always related to 'playing full out'. Thanks Sarah.

  • Callahan McDonough
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    ditto Amy. good to 'see' you 🙂
    My recent post A delighted client with her new custom wedding floorcloth

  • Callahan McDonough
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    Lisa, me too, I forget. What helps is connecting with others, like now, with your comments, Sarah's post, community. Without connection, my brain gets stuck in its default setting, which is not a pretty place.
    My recent post A delighted client with her new custom wedding floorcloth

  • Henry Cooper Sr
    Reply

    Thanks Sarah for the wonderful message on CIP,it goes right to the core of the problem almost all of us experience , clarity is the foundation of reasoning that we must bring forth,and confidence is the the passion that fuels our conviction to carry it to the next level of courage, that completes the triad that we thrive on, I enjoyed the podcasts also I shared them with my friends, thanks for your message.
    My recent post Hello world!

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