"Keep the bigger picture in mind, but the next step in focus."  A funny thing happens when you get old enough to be the age your parents were when they brought you into this world - you start realizing in a lot of ways - they were right.   My dad was always my coach and mentor, still is. When I first started learning how to drive on the track he was my instructor. We'd put our helmets on, spend way too long trying to click in the harnesses, and he'd hand me a little earpiece so we could communicate. Once we were out there and the speeds picked up, I'd become more tense and naturally my vision would narrow to the road right in front of me. It felt safer to look close. Safer to focus all of my attention on what's happening at that very moment. Then the communicator would click on and he'd say, "Eyes up Nic. Look out. See the whole picture."  I'd move my gaze from the road moving quickly in front of me to look down the track. I'd see the sky, the bend in the road that lies ahead, and the trees go by in my peripheral vision. Time slowed down and I'd relax. As I relaxed into it, my speed would pick up.   Today, anytime I call him in a panic about my seemingly urgent problems, he rarely focuses on the issue I've presented him. He just reminds me to see the big picture. I feel myself relax, and to my surprise, my speed picks up.

"Keep the bigger picture in mind, but the next step in focus."

A funny thing happens when you get old enough to be the age your parents were when they brought you into this world - you start realizing in a lot of ways - they were right.

My dad was always my coach and mentor, still is. When I first started learning how to drive on the track he was my instructor. We'd put our helmets on, spend way too long trying to click in the harnesses, and he'd hand me a little earpiece so we could communicate. Once we were out there and the speeds picked up, I'd become more tense and naturally my vision would narrow to the road right in front of me. It felt safer to look close. Safer to focus all of my attention on what's happening at that very moment. Then the communicator would click on and he'd say, "Eyes up Nic. Look out. See the whole picture."

I'd move my gaze from the road moving quickly in front of me to look down the track. I'd see the sky, the bend in the road that lies ahead, and the trees go by in my peripheral vision. Time slowed down and I'd relax. As I relaxed into it, my speed would pick up.

Today, anytime I call him in a panic about my seemingly urgent problems, he rarely focuses on the issue I've presented him. He just reminds me to see the big picture. I feel myself relax, and to my surprise, my speed picks up.

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.