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Are You Being Distracted or Redirected? The Problem with Plans.


I invite you to take a moment, this moment, and reflect over your life. Go on, no-one will notice.

Ask yourself the following questions: What and when were your successes and how did you celebrate them? How did you catapult from that place into something even more fulfilling? How and when did you go belly up in your career or your business or your relationship? What did you learn from that experience?  Can you now see how this happened for you, and not to you?  Whether we are experiencing successes or 'failures', we are never not in flow. We are never not tapped in. We are never not one with the highest of infinite intelligence. We are never disconnected from the quantum - The source. But sometimes we forget how powerful we actually are. Especially when we're in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We forget we are here to experience fun, connection, growth, expansion and creation. We don’t understand the field of play. We brush away flashes of inspiration with the sweep of our hand, never questioning what it’s trying to tell us. We ignore the part of us that is craving to SOAR. We follow the step-by-step incremental plan to our goals, staying true to the path and never asking if this is the only way. We refuse to be distracted from our 'plan'. “Don’t distract me with that opportunity – it’s not in the plan! Don’t distract me with those amazing people (who can help me achieve said goal) – it’s not in the plan!

Don’t distract me with the tempting adventure – it’s not in the plan!

Don’t open me up to a whole new experience – it’s not in the plan!” Are you so caught up in your step-by-step incremental plan that you are missing the shortcuts? The quantum leaps? In my early twenties an organisation I worked for proposed to financially support me through a university degree. The plan was six years of part-time study, while working full-time for them. Upon graduation I would be offered a promotion and continue upon the very 'solid' and 'stable' career path they were offering. Great opportunity? Absolutely! I accepted. Two years later I received a call from a girlfriend “I’m going overseas next year. Wanna come?” HELL YES, but uh oh, this would be a distraction from THE PLAN – a tweak was required. I decided on six months overseas, one semester deferment from university and six months unpaid leave from my job. The revised plan was set. Some words from one of the executive directors of the organisation still rings in my ears today “I’ve just authorised your six months’ unpaid leave. Six months? Who are you kidding? You’re not coming back.” I assured him I was returning. It was in THE PLAN. But…….about one month before I was due to return to Australia I was offered a job, for pretty much no money, carting busloads of twenty-somethings+ around multiple countries in the northern hemisphere. Not only was this far removed from my career plan, five years away from an office could have sent me spiraling backwards. Staying overseas, to work on buses in Europe, was NOT IN THE PLAN.  And could have been seen as a distraction and ultimately dismissed. But for me, it was a REDIRECTION. It was supposed to be. It FELT RIGHT, so I accepted the job. Not because I was flaky. Because it was something I wanted for my life. I had developed an insatiable appetite for meeting new people and experiencing new countries and cultures and I wanted that to continue. I wanted to explore. I wanted to have adventures. I gave up my Australian job, my flat, my salary and my university course and embraced my new role. Fast forward to today and I do have a university degree. I did have a wonderful career I loved. I now have a business that brings me the greatest fulfillment and joy. And those years overseas, those adventures, contributed to the woman I am today. Not only is the end result the same (qualification + professional fulfillment), but the growth and expansion that came from that experience cannot be replicated. I don’t even know who I would be today if I hadn’t accepted that redirection. Whilst it can be frightening giving yourself over to the quantum (because it’s all about intuition, gut feels and long term thinking – not step-by-step plans) I still try to live my life this way.

  • Meeting my (now) hubby’s kids and mum on our first date.

  • Quitting my full time job to start Sky High. Then getting a part time job 18 months later to supplement my income.

  • Promising Handsome Hubby I would repay the thousands of dollars I borrowed from our savings account to work with a coach – and doing so in half the time (as a direct result of the coaching).

  • Borrowing more money from our savings to fund a 3 day coaching intensive I was gifted in the USA.

  • Scrapping a 4–year PLAN to renovate our house (because it no longer felt good) then waking up 3 days later with brand new inspiration that saved us mountains of time and buckets of money.

Whilst these things FELT RIGHT, they didn’t (in the moment) really MAKE SENSE. And they were so frightening my whole body shook. But I focused on the higher version and vision I had for myself and my life and ALL these things aligned.

From a young age I knew I wanted to travel, explore, meet extraordinary people, experience a great love, have kids, work for myself and take risks – even when they scared the bejesus out of me. And even when I had no idea how it would happen.

Where would I be today if I’d stuck to my PLANS? I can't tell you, because I have no idea.

I also can’t tell you if that opportunity/person/idea currently in front of you is a distraction or redirection. Only you know that. Get quiet, listen and tap into the feels! Ask yourself - is this a short-cut leading me to where I want to be? The higher vision of myself and my life? Then maybe it’s time for a YES to redirection!

My name is Janelle Ryan and MY MISSION is for everyone on the planet to find their VOICE, step into their POWER and SHINE their light out into the world. I do this by helping high performers expand their minds, create whatever it is they wish then lead from the front.

When you are ready to take the next step to expansion, creation and leadership there are a couple of ways we can work together. 1. There are limited places currently available in the Level-Up Your Leadership Lounge. Ongoing group coaching for new, current and emerging leaders, via Zoom. To find out more about The Lounge CLICK HERE.

2. If you prefer a more personal touch, there are limited places available for 1:1 private coaching with me. To apply CLICK HERE.


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