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What Is Give A Shift?

What Is Give A Shift?

What Is Give A Shift?

First, you need to know that I love puns.

You’ve been warned.

Where did Give A Shift come from?

I was taught my whole life to “lean in” and to get a seat at the table where the important meetings happen.

And that’s exactly what I did for 25 years.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, I immediately got a job at an ad agency in New York.

Being the new kid on the block, I knew I had to work extra hard to prove myself.

This meant working 12 hour days and often on weekends in order to meet the seemingly endless demands from often unappreciative clients. Eventually, I rose to the top of this small boutique agency. I was traveling all over the world and making a lot of money for a 20-something-year-old.

That wasn’t enough, so I then went on to pursue my Master’s Degree. I felt this would give me a badge I could proudly display.

My corporate climb continued until there was nowhere else for me to climb.

Phew. I made it, right?!

Nope.

I did what any determined executive would do: I started my own company.

I founded my own marketing agency and using sheer grit, determination, and a 7-day work week, I grew this start-up from 0 to 7-figures in 18 months.

Wow, right?

I had it all, right?!

WRONG.

The problem was that I leaned in so far that I fell over…

Because eventually, my world came crashing down around me.

My 3-year old daughter came home from preschool to give me a card she had made for me for Mother’s Day.

This was a kind of fill in the blank card where the teachers had pre-written sentences and phrases and then helped the children fill in the blank as it relates to his or her mom.

One of the fill in the blanks was, “My mom’s job is to________________________________.

And this is how my daughter answered that question:

“My mom’s job is to sleep at work.”

I read those words and suddenly it felt as if my world stopped.

What my daughter meant was that mommy was never home.

Mommy traveled so much and was always sleeping in hotels and so in her little, sweet, innocent 3-year-old mind, mommy’s job was to sleep at work.

I was obviously aware that I was gone a lot. But I always justified it.

It’s for the sake of our family.

It’s for the sake of the kid’s futures.

Eventually, I will slow down and be able to enjoy the fruits of my hard labor, but not now, I thought.

Now is for working so much that I choose to leave my family week after week.

Now is for working as much as possible chasing every dollar I could.

But it was all for them, right?

In that moment everything changed. I changed.

I started to Give A Shift.

I began to question everything I thought I knew to be true.

I began to turn my focus inward instead of outward.

I began questioning my purpose.  

Who was I?

What was I put on this earth to do?

What kind of business do I really want to create?

What does it really take to be successful and what does success even look like?

What do I want MY LIFE to look like?

And then it hit me. I had spent my whole life trying to be accomplished when all I really wanted was to be FREE!

I had become trapped in a prison of my own making.

But I wanted to be FREE.

FREE from constantly feeling the need to prove myself!

FREE from feeling stressed out trying to do it all!

FREE from feeling guilty any time I wasn’t working, yet at the same time, free from feeling guilty for not being with my family!

FREE from believing that I had to practically kill myself in order to make money and create the life and business I wanted!

FREE to have the life and business OF MY DREAMS!!

FREE To have ANYTHING I WANT without explanation or justification to anyone!!

In finding my freedom, I discovered that I could help other women like me, find theirs.

The Give A Shift System

Helping women live a full life, is my purpose.

Give A Shift is a daily life system that gives women the ability to engineer their own realities and attain unprecedented levels of success in every area of their lives.

I began to realize that I wasn’t the only woman who had “leaned in” only to find they weren’t living a life they love.

More and more women are finding the courage to live a life of freedom.

Okay, Mel isn’t a woman over 40 like me, but he is wearing makeup and a skirt so he can be an honorary member of my tribe.

As our friend above discovered, wanting freedom and finding freedom isn’t the same thing.

The path to freedom isn’t always a clear or easy journey.

Breaking Through The Bullshift

Wouldn’t it be great to have somebody who’s been down that path before to guide you?

Oh hello, that’s me.

The biggest roadblocks on the path to freedom and living your best life are the old outdated belief systems we base our lives on.

I call these Bullshifts!

Once these Bullshifts are busted, we are able to engineer our lives the way we want them to be.

We can live lives full of love, passion, joy, and happiness

Lives built on serving and giving not getting and taking.

Blissful, abundant lives from which we attract more financial abundance than we ever thought possible without killing ourselves or sacrificing our families to do so.  

True lasting success comes from living a life of purpose and meaning.

It means valuing your time with those you love most.

It means giving and serving others first and foremost.

It means imagining what success on your terms looks like.

Once you do this, you too will be free to engineer your own reality any way you want it to be.

You will Give A Shift.

Holy, Shift! The Keys To Manifesting Any Reality You Want

Holy, Shift! The Keys To Manifesting Any Reality You Want

“There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made. And which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the inner space of the Universe. A thought in this substances produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. We can form things in our thoughts and by impressing our thoughts upon formless substance can cause the thing we think about to be created.” — Wallace D. Wattles

Many of us have heard the phrase, “That which you focus on expands.” In other words, “thoughts become things.”

But how many of us actually understand what this really means and why it is true?

Before I discuss how our thoughts create our reality, I need to take a step back so we can understand precisely WHY this is true.

Stick with me and I promise this will all make sense in the end and you will have the keys to manifesting anything you want.

Enter the weird world of quantum physics.

For most of my life, I was caught between the worlds of science and spirituality. I wanted to believe what the great spiritual teachers were preaching — it felt so right and natural, and it made perfect sense to me. But just when I was on the verge of becoming a believer, my scientific intuition would kick in and make me want to prove everything these masters were teaching.

Luckily for me, I was raised by a self-proclaimed quantum psychics fanatic for a father.

If you aren’t familiar with quantum mechanics, let me explain.

You have probably heard that everything in the Universe is made of atoms, right? And for centuries, scientists believed that the atom was the smallest unit of measure. They believed that all physical matter was made of these atomic particles.  But it turns out, there is nothing really physical about these atoms at all.

Using particle accelerators, physicists have been able to break down the atom into smaller units called subatomic particles. But what they discovered is that subatomic particles are not really particles at all.

They are simply impulses of information and energy. So everything we perceive as solid matter is actually not solid.

What this really means then is that everything we perceive to be in our physical reality is made up of non-physical material!

The only difference between one material thing and another material thing is the quantity and arrangement of the subatomic particles. Everything in the entire universe is made of these amazing subatomic particles in different quantities and arrangements.

Moreover, what makes these subatomic particles even more fascinating is that they can behave like both a wave and a particle at the same time and they have the ability to be in more than one place at the same time.

OK—so if these subatomic particles can be a wave or a particle, how is it determined which one they will be?

Turns out, this impulse, or vibration, of quantum energy remains a wave of energy and information until the moment it is detected by you or me. At the moment our attention is put in them, the wave becomes a particle! And then it attracts other impulses of energy that vibrate at the same frequency. This literally means that we create something out of nothing simply by placing our attention on it. And then it expands by attracting other things that are similar to it. Pretty astonishing when you think about it, isn’t it?

And, when I realized this, my two worlds of science and spirituality came dancing beautifully together. Suddenly, I understood what the phrase “thoughts become things” actually meant—and why it is so.

We can use the same principles that science uses to create physical reality out of non-physical essence and use it to have, do or be anything we want and experience happiness and fulfillment to any degree we choose.

So now let’s examine our thoughts. What IS a thought?

A thought—like a subatomic particle—is an impulse of energy and information. The only difference is that we experience thought waves as language in our minds. But before we experience a thought as language, it is nothing but an impulse wave of energy an information. And so the only difference between the waves of energy and information inside our heads and those outside our heads is that we interpret the ones in our heads as language.

And so, just like when we place our attention on a subatomic particle and it changes from a probability wave into a particle, the same is true with our thoughts!

So while our reality may appear to be just happening to us, we are making it happen by the quality and direction of our thoughts. So whatever we put our attention on manifests into our reality! And now we don’t just have to hope this is true—we can prove it with science!

Take a moment an examine your own reality for a moment.

Think back to any of the major events in your life—good or bad. And ask yourself if you consciously had your attention on those experiences? See, for me, nothing was truer than this. Even though I was raised by a quantum physics junkie, and now consider myself one too—I had not made the connection between quantum physics and my thoughts until much later on in life.

But when I did, it was like a tidal wave that came crashing into my face!

I immediately saw evidence of this in my own life—unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. I was so scared of being a failure as a result of the horrific bullying I experienced that all I focused on was what I didn’t want to happen. But you know what?  Everything I didn’t want to happen was exactly what ended up happening because it was where I was placing my attention!

What I didn’t know then that I know now is that we are all the creators of our own life’s experience, whether we know it or not, and whether we want to be or not.

This knowledge is truly a gift for anyone who recognizes and knows how to apply it to their daily lives. With this knowledge, you can use your thoughts to become the deliberate creator of your own life experiences rather than leaving your life to mere chance, and know why it works.

As quantum physicist Niel Bohr has said, “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”

Do you know what this means?

Chances are you've heard the term “God-conscious” before. It’s used throughout spiritual, religious, and even some scientific teachings. But even if you’ve heard it before, have you ever stopped to think about what it really means?

First of all, I believe God-consciousness is a way of life. In fact, it’s something I deliberately strive for each and every day. It has become the barometer for my actions every day. Second, I believe it is a state of being that gets stronger every day. Third, I do not believe it is a destination that is ever actually reached. Rather, I view it as a path, something I walk towards but never reach. Reaching it would imply an end and God has no beginning nor an end.

But even if we can’t get there, it’s still a way of life worth pursuing for everyone and it’s blessings become the miracles that show up time and again.

The Tao Te Ching teaches us that there are four virtues to live from and Lao Tzu promises that if you live your life according to them you will be living a God-conscious life.

Simply stated, the four virtues of the Tao are:

  1. Reverence for all of life. This includes all plants, animals, and people. We must revere all life forms and see all life as expressions of God. When you do this, you instantly remove all forms of judgment from your life which blocks the flow of the Divine Spirit from coming to you. Live from a place of unconditional love for all life, including yourself.
  2. Virtue of gentleness. This virtue is all about being kind to everyone and everything. Kindness, gentleness, and love are at the heart of this second virtue. And when you live a God-conscious life, you will always put gentleness and kindness above all else. This means letting go of false beliefs your ego wants you to hold onto, beliefs about right and wrong, good and bad, and so on. There is no room for being right when you live from a place of gentleness so when you have the choice to be right or kind, always choose kind.
  3. Simplicity. This virtue teaches us to be true to ourselves. Live from a place of authenticity. Don’t try to be someone you are not, and at the same time be the person you say you are; don’t be a phony. Walk the walk and talk the talk.
  4. Service. This virtue teaches us to put giving and serving at the heart of everything we do. Each day, you must ask, “How may I serve?” And when you do so without expectation of reward, you are living from your highest self, and the Universe will respond by saying, “How may I serve you?”

If you look closely at all four virtues, and what it means to live a God-conscious life, it all boils down to one essential element: always choose love over fear. To live a God-conscious life according to the four cardinal virtues you must let go of your ego, your false sense of self, and connect to your true authentic nature, your Divine source, your Spirit. And when you are connected to Source Energy, you become what I like to say is a magnet for miracles! In fact, true God-conscious people actually become miracle workers themselves! They can create and manifest virtually anything they want. As Joel Goldsmith said, “In the presence of the God-realized, the laws of the material world do not apply.”

I encourage you each day to be mindful of these four virtues and live your life according to them. I promise you that when you do, your life will be overflowing with blessings!

I would love to hear what you think it means to live a God-conscious life or about how you incorporate the four virtues into your own life.

Sending much love and gratitude from me to you.

Quantum what?

Many of us have heard the phrase, “That which you focus on expands.” In other words, “thoughts become things.”

But how many of us actually understand how and why this is true?

Enter quantum physics.

For most of my life, I was caught between science and spirituality. I wanted to believe what the great spiritual teachers were preaching — it felt so right and natural, and it made perfect sense to me. But just when I was on the verge of becoming a believer, my scientific intuition would kick in and make me want to prove it.

Luckily for me, I was raised by a self-proclaimed quantum psychics fanatic for a father.

If you aren’t familiar with quantum mechanics, let me explain. For centuries, scientists believed that the atom was the smallest unit of measure. They believed that all physical matter was made of these atomic particles.  But it turns out, there is nothing really physical about anything at all.

Using particle accelerators, physicists have been able to break down the atom into subatomic particles. What they have discovered is that subatomic particles are impulses of information and energy. But what makes them fascinating is they can behave like both a wave and a particle at the same time.

Moreover, subatomic particles have the ability to be in more than one place at the same time, and that’s not all. This impulse, or vibration, of quantum energy becomes either a wave or a particle the moment it is observed by the human mind, and then attracts other impulses of energy that vibrate at the same frequency.

This literally means that we create something and it expands by attracting other things that are similar to it. Pretty astonishing when you think about it, huh?

And, when I realized this, my two worlds of science and spirituality came dancing beautifully together. Suddenly, I understood what the phrase “thoughts become things” actually meant–and why it is so.

We can use the same principles that science uses to create physical reality out of non-physical essence and use it to have, do or be anything we want and experience happiness and fulfillment to any degree we choose.

This knowledge is truly a gift for anyone who recognizes and knows how to apply it to their daily lives. With this knowledge, you can use your thoughts to become the deliberate creator of your own life experiences rather than leaving your life to mere chance, and know why it works.

As quantum physicist Niel Bohr has said, “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”

How do you serve?

A dear friend of mine once said that helping and serving others is like Miracle-Gro for your life. I couldn’t agree more.

For me, sharing my message with the world is one way that I get to serve others. But service comes in many shapes and sizes. Anything we can do each day that helps someone else, makes someone feel brighter, grateful, or happy is a way to serve. Service comes various currencies, such as your time, your effort, and yes, your money, no matter how big or how small.

Service gives each of us the power to literally make the world a better, more peaceful, more joyful place. How cool is that? We actually can change the world, and that’s why I love it so much!

But service does more than transform our world. Living a life dedicated to serving others will transform you, too. Your life will begin to change in new and exciting ways. You will see opportunities surface that would not have seen otherwise. You will notice people reacting to you differently, eager to be around you. You will carry a new aura that will become like a magnet to all good things, to the things you envision for your ideal life; and you will see them manifest right before your eyes. Finally, you will simply be a happier person. Deep in your core, you will be full of joy, life, and energy, ready to serve the world!

So, let me ask you: How do YOU serve? Let me know the things you have done–or can do–each day to help others in the comments below. Your ideas will help inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Serve us by sharing how you serve others.

Cheers!
MSG
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Be Like the River…

“Just be like the river, Megan,” was a phrase I heard over and over growing up from my mother.

When I was younger, my Mom dabbled in spirituality. She explored Buddhism, Native American philosophy, and Taoism.  And she extracted bits of each and shared her wisdom with my sister and me. But this phrase in particular always stood out for me.

“What do you mean, Mom?” I would inquire. And my gentle, wise Mom would explain her interpretation of one of the most fundamental Taoist philosophies.

Water is one of the most profound symbols in the entire Tao Te Ching. Lau Tso uses water as a metaphor for how to live a God-conscious life, a life connected to Source Energy, a life connected to the Invisible Intelligence that created the entire Universe. It is a metaphor for how to live an enlightened life, free of competition, envy and jealousy, a life free from resistance, regardless of what may come its way.

When a river is flowing, there are always obstacles that get in its way. Some small ones like pebbles and twigs, others are massive like boulders and entire trees. But none of it ever stops the water’s progressions, no matter how large it may be. The water always finds a way to keep going. It will go over it, under it, or around, but it keeps going nonetheless. And it always takes the path of least resistance and eventually creates a new path forward.

Water is both exquisitely soft and yet mighty and powerful enough to wear down the tallest of mountains. It is patient without exception.

And water is also a symbol of the Tao, of God.  It is invisible, yet everywhere. It is odorless, colorless, and tastelessness yet is the essence of all that lives.

While much of the Tao uses water as a metaphor, verse 8 does so in an extraordinary way:

“The supreme good is like water,

which nourishes all of creation

without trying to compete with it.

It gathers in the low places unpopular with men.

Thus it is like the Tao.

Live in accordance with the nature of things.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.

In thinking, keep to the simple.

In dealing with others, be fair and generous.

In governing, do not try to control.

In work, do what you enjoy.

In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself,

and don’t compare or compete,

everybody will respect you.

One who lives in accordance with nature

does not go against the way of things.

He moves in harmony with the present moment,

always knowing the truth of just what to do.”

Now that I have read the Tao Te Ching myself, I can see precisely what Mom meant all those years ago. Every day I use this metaphor of water in my own life. And now I have passed that incredibly profound wisdom onto my own children.

So remember to use water in your own life to guide you, offer you reassurance, and to remain connected to Source.

“Nothing in the world is softer or weaker than water

Yet nothing is better at overcoming the hard and strong.” (78.1-2)

Yes, every day I try to be like the river, just like Mom said. Thanks, Mom.