We often hear people talk about finding their voice, but what exactly does that mean?

Our voice is not about how we pronounce our words.

Nor is it about about the content we share.

Finding our voice is about showing up, and through our actions and our language, convey that we are here and we have something to share.

It’s not about talking a lot, and it’s not about telling someone what to do.

It’s about courage. It’s about standing out from the crowd and allowing the light to shine on us for a few moments.

It’s definitely not about ego, or about how great we are.

It actually comes down to being humble, and brave, and sharing what we have learned for ourselves.

It is about showing up when we commit to showing up, and sharing our spirit and energy with those who chose to listen to us.

What we say may touch people, or it may not.

What we say may inspire people, or it may not.

What we say may mean something very deep to another person, or it may mean nothing at all to anyone except ourselves.

Finding our voice means we speak our truth regardless of whether it is anyone else’s truth or not.

We can speak our truth in many different ways. We speak our truth with our actions and our presence as much as we speak it with our voice.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

What is it that pulls us forward into a better life?

It is not a better job or a better partner.

It is not more money or more contacts.

It is the vision we hold of our future selves.

How we envision ourselves in our future is what pulls us forward.

It calls us to do more, be more, and serve more.

When we see ourselves not only achieving more in our lives, but contributing more to the lives around us, that’s what inspires us to become more of who we really are.

We can only grow to the extent that we envision ourselves changing.

We only strive to the level that we see in our mind’s eye that’s achievable for us.

Our life is a creation of the vision we hold for ourselves and the belief that that vision is real and possible.

Can you see yourself a week, a month, or a year into the future?

Can you see the beauty you will create, the good you will do, the inspiration you will spread?

Time to envision more, feel it more, and allow it to pull you forward.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Yet sometimes being stuck is exactly where we need to be.

There is great information in being in that place of stuckness.

Perhaps it is an indication that you can take a break. Perhaps it is a way for the Universe to slow you down and give you some perspective.

Maybe we need to be stuck every once in  awhile to remind us of what’s like, and why we like moving forward so much more.

There is so much to be learned from being in a stuck place, we just have to learn to be okay with not being comfortable in that place, give it some space, and look at it with new eyes.

Is there another way to go?

Are you sure you want to continue on the path you’re on?

Is there a new direction or new journey you can take that feels better for you?

Are there things you have not yet considered about where you are that you can look at more deeply?

Being stuck is one of the great pauses we can take to look around, re-evaluate, and reconsider what we’re doing or where we’re going.

Let’s not waste the moment complaining about it. Let’s use being stuck as the great opportunity it is to ponder and meditate on our situation more deeply…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Strategy is only 10% of the equation of success yet we spend the most amount of time focused on strategy.

The other 90%, the 90% that is the foundation everything we do, is made up of the energy around our endeavors.

The energy around what we do primarily comes from two things.

First, it comes from the experiences we have had in our lives and the meaning we have made from those experiences.

Second, it comes from our choices and responses to all of our experiences.

We experience life from our own particular point of view. From that point of view, we have decided if we live in a compassionate, loving universe, or a cold, dispassionate, mechanical universe.

From the point of view we have adopted, we then respond to life in an optimistic, hopeful, abundant manner, or we respond in a pessimistic, doubtful, lackful manner.

Our results show us our foundation. Our feelings belie our beliefs.

If we come from a place of joy, we will have a joyful journey and joyful results regardless of our strategy.

If we come from a place of lack, we will have a journey of struggle and hard work, and our results never quiet seem to measure up, regardless of our strategy.

Perhaps it is time to spend more emphasis on our energy than on our strategy?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Shame is something we don’t often speak about in polite company.

It’s a topic to avoid because it is at the heart and core of many of our challenges.

Yet speaking about shame and bringing it to light is exactly what we need to do to heal the wounds.

We get shamed as children for the littlest things.

For writing on the wall. For Coloring outside the lines. For playing with fire. For not being as good at school or sports as our siblings or the other kids.

All those little incidents add up over time to an unconscious feeling of unworthiness and being broken.

We then spend the rest of our lives running to seminars and gurus looking for the magic that will fix us and make us whole.

What we don’t see is that no one else can fix us. It’s purely an inside job.

It’s also not something that we can do overnight. These unconscious patterns were built up and reinforced over years and will take time to rewire.

The step in the rewiring process is to recognize that the shame is there. To recognize that it is running our lives in many different ways. To shine some light on those dark corners of our psyche.

Doing that in community, with a trusted group of people that we know will support us through the process, is essential.

Exploring this core issue in community also not only helps us, it also helps the rest of the community because shame is so universal in our society.

Are you ready to shine the light on your shame?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Being truthful is not about telling the truth to others.

Being truthful is not about not telling lies.

Being truthful is about being honest with yourself.

Before we can begin to be authentic in public, we first have to be in alignment within ourselves.

How can we speak truth to our tribe if we do not even know it ourselves?

Too often we find people who will say one thing in private, and another in public.

Regardless of the validity of the statements, if we are not sharing the same message, whether in private or public, we are not being truthful.

Does this mean we have to tell everyone everything? No, of course not. What it means is that we are clear in our intent and with our presence. It means we are being the same person with our families, our friends, our business associates, or our tribe.

Our essence is what matters. Our presence conveys our essence. Our words reflect our essence.

The more true to ourselves about ourselves we are, the more true we can be to other people.

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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The patterns of our lives are the strongest forces we experience.

When we are young, we are open and our minds are supple.

Then we experience life. We start to make meaning from what we experience. Then the patterns begin to emerge.

What we don’t realize at the time is those patterns are self-reinforcing.

Because we see something one way, we look for that in other things.

Slowly, over time, we see that pattern so much it becomes ingrained in us.

Like a stick drawing a line in the dirt over and over again, soon that line become so deep we can’t change it.

Or the tiny drops of water that continually drip on the stone, wearing it away over centuries.

These patterns become our lives. These experiences create the grooves in our mind that are so instilled we don’t even notice them any more.

We become so set in our thinking and our being that only a true shock to the system can create a change in our lives.

That is, unless we purposely look for experiences and situations that are so outside our usual patterns that we learn to create new ones.

Those new patterns, in turn, become our new default and our new way of being.

Want to know what your defaults are? Just listen to what your mind says to yourself when no one else is around.

Listen to how you talk to yourself. Listen to the things you say to yourself about yourself.

Don’t like what your hearing? Then it is time to create a new pattern…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Why is it that we try so hard to avoid our feelings?

We dampen them with substance. We drown them in drink. We stuff them down with food.

We ignore them by spending all our time on our gadgets and no time just being present.

Is it so frightful to feel that we have to come up with new ways not to feel every day?

The sad part is that there is so much beauty, so much richness in our feelings.

Our feelings tell us so much about ourselves, and how the other person is.

Our feelings let us know when we should be silent, and when we should be engaged.

Our feelings let us know when there is something to deal with, and when we are in the flow.

Our feelings are the key to so much of our lives, yet we do not value them as the treasure they are.

What can we do to pay more attention to our feelings?

Show up, be present, listen to our bodies, and feel what is going on around us and within us.

Our world becomes so much deeper when we do…

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Intention is not just a whimsical thought.

Intention is not a daydream or a wish.

Intention is the energy we put into an act, a word, or a feeling.

Intention is what makes the difference between creating an outcome of joy, and one of misalignment.

Intention is how we create a world and a life by design, instead of by default.

Intention is what makes our efforts so powerful and effective.

Taking the time to sit with our intentions and be clear with them is one of the best investments we can make.

Meditating on a course of action is not wasted time, it is the essential space that we need to be clear.

And clarity of intention is one of the most powerful forces of nature.

Have you taken the time to set your intentions today?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

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Being skeptical is not necessarily a bad thing.

Yet the critical do not see magic.

We often feel that if we’re gullible, we will be taken advantage of. Yet how can we see the wonders of the universe if all we do is look for what is wrong?

There needs to be an opening for us to see a different reality. There needs to be a space where we suspend our disbelief and allow new possibilities to come in.

Just because something is true, does not mean it has to dictate our future.

The world may show us what is real for now, and tomorrow a new reality may appear at our doorstep.

In order to be able to embrace that new reality, we must be a little gullible.

Being a little open to the impossible goes a long way in creating it.

If we focus too much on what is, we do not leave room for what can be.

The possibility of what can be is far more exciting, far more magical, than what is right now.

Yes, it means taking a chance. Yes, it means you might be wrong or get disappointed.

Is that not better than never seeing the magic?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant