Paving Your Path for Transformation

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by Christine

We’ve all had our lives changed by reading someone’s book and I believe that your book has that same power. To do so, you first need to build the foundation of transformation on four levels:  1) learning to transform yourself 2) transforming your readers 3) transforming your business and 4) transforming the world. It’s true; when you step out, step up and step into your true powerful, authentic expression in the world, you will see how that transforms everything in your life, and the world around you.  But it all begins with the willingness to pave your path for transformation.

P1000098I had the opportunity to interview New York Times bestselling author and transformational leader Lisa Nichols on the topic of paving your transformational path.  And she shared with me a valuable lesson – that some gifts and come wrapped in sandpaper.   (This photo is of me, Lisa and her grandmother – taken in Maui.)

Lisa grew up in an area where she encountered two groups of gangs every day going to/from school.  She struggled academically because a classroom setting didn’t cater to her learning style (creative, kinesthetic, tactile), was told by an English teacher that she was the weakest writer she ever met, and a speech teacher recommended she never speak in public.  Now Lisa is a popular public speaker, participated in the self-development phenomenon, The Secret, has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Extra, Larry King Live and her book, No Matter What, hit six betseller lists.  She’s also coming back to speak at my 3rd Annual Transformational Author Experience this May!

What helped move Lisa from circumstances and a system that didn’t support her, to a place where she could step into her divine purpose?

In Lisa’s words, “If you think about some of the things that have inspired you to keep going the most, they weren’t covered with glittering gold and hearts and giving you the ‘warm fuzzies.’  Some of those things came wrapped in sandpaper!  Some of those things were difficult – and while it is disheartening that my educators would say such a thing, it became a challenge and at some point, it became my fuel. So, instead of having inspirational motivation, I had a little bit of ‘I’ll show you’ motivation.”

Life happens and you can’t always define every situation that occurs or control every outcome.  However, you CAN re-purpose the event for your greater good and learn from it.  You can allow it to refine and drive you, and become your fuel.  You cannot allow every (or any) situation where you failed or were hurt to become the reason to check out in life and give up on your path to enrichment.  Had I done that myself when I was broken and bankrupt, you certainly wouldn’t be reading this right now.  Rather, use it and find a way to be grateful for what it taught you.  I have and it’s transformed my life.

Lisa also shares, “That’s what I did. I put a placeholder in my life and I said, ‘Listen, this was the first 6 chapters of my life, but the next 6 chapters are blank sheets of paper and I hold the pen in my hand and either I can copy it and paste the old story into a new chapter or I can re-write or write for the first time a new experience. And that’s what I chose to do’.”

Lisa had teachers (albeit it unconscious ones) in her younger years that provided the words and actions that she used as her fuel.  What I want to encourage you to take away from this today is that YOU also have the power of choice in each moment to turn that difficult situation into fuel for your dreams.  When you make this choice, you truly do have the power and ability to transform your greatest challenges into your greatest joy and success!


I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article.  Have you transformed a difficult situation into something good in your life?




12 responses to “Paving Your Path for Transformation”

  1. John K. says:

    ..just wanted to thank you for leaving us with such positive thoughts. There is not much that I can add, though the quote attributed to Calvin Coolidge comes to mind: “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.”

  2. This is great. When I look back at some of the decisions I made in my life, I regret the decisions. However, I now find myself in a great place that I would not be if I had taken the alternative paths. I am writing about that and will soon publish it in what I am calling, “recipes for Lemonade; Dr. Dave’s recipe for thriving through disability”. These transformations do not have to be as intentional as Lisa’s. I suspect most us just put one foot in front of the other and trudge through the doors that open.

    • Christine says:

      Yes, indeed, I’ve spent much time simply putting one foot in front of the other… sure enough it always leads to the “right” place!

  3. Bobbi Kline says:

    Thanks for all your inspirational emails. My guides keep nudging me to write a book, I think about signing up for your seminars, then realize I haven’t a clue where or how to start.
    The messages in this interview touched me, reminded me its not what happens, rather how one responds that determines the impact and outcome.

    A shoulder injury, surgery, and subsequent frozen shoulder necessitated I leave behind my profession of ObGyn and regroup. Although very painful, it was an incredible gift that has freed me to chart a different course for my life. Several years later, I have left an emotionally abusive marriage, connected with my spirituality and intuitive side, created a new community of like- minded friends, and found my soul again. I have created my own business helping empower women and heal on all levels: mind, body and spirit, and continue to explore ways in which to change the way healthcare is practiced. As I continue to challenge old beliefs and trust in the process, I find the opportunities limitless.

  4. Rosanne Beers says:

    I love this article and I am saving it to re-read whenever I start to doubt myself as I prepare to launch my business.

    • Christine says:

      So glad you loved the article and that you’ll use to keep you going on your entrepreneurial journey. Woo hoo!

  5. Shirley Zago says:

    Thank you. This was great to read and especially the part about what fuels us. Maybe in the future there will be an education system that provides more opportunities for ones to be guided on their path towards their full potential.
    Thanks also to Christine for always having great inspirational daily quotes.

  6. I’m beginning to wonder, Christine, if you and I are destined to meet! Your name has come across my desk four times in 3 days, unrelated to each other.

    Let me first congratulate you on your newest book, “Pebbles in the Pond – Wave Two”! Such legends within its pages! I’ve seen Bo Eason in action, I know (and adore) Calli Meister personally and professionally, and I co-authored Amazon’s #1 best seller, “UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT – Rising Above the Impossible” with the amazing Lisa Nichols! So, it seems you and I have a few friends in common!

    I just wanted to enthusiastically nod to your readers here that everything you share about Lisa is spot on! She is the poster child for turning tragedies into triumphs and her ability to transfer that “done-it” into a “how-to” for others is equally as impressive.

    Thank you, Christine, for sharing your brilliance, your Self, and your encouragement in so many meaningful ways.

    And by the way, if you haven’t already seen it, I left a review for “Pebbles” over on your Amazon site a few days ago! Again…congratulations and thank you for making a difference!

    Blessings on your continuing success!

    • Christine says:

      Thank you Dawn-Marie! I do hope we get to meet. Any chance you’ll be at the Lisa Nichols “Speak and Write” event next month? I’ll be there speaking and would love to see you if you’re there.

      • Perhaps we’ll have another opportunity to meet, Christine. I would be thrilled to be attending Lisa’s Speak and Write conference again, even more so now, knowing YOU will be there as well! However, I have a previous commitment I am obliged to and must miss it. Good luck May 1 with the big launch!

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