When Tracy Litt was 28 years old, she hit a low point. She was living in a new home with a new baby and newly single. Her husband had recently left her and life was nothing like she thought it would be.
One evening she was so overcome by what was happening she found herself on the floor of her garage, curled in a ball, sobbing. And that’s when it hit her. She KNEW she was meant for a BETTER life. She also knew that her own decisions, her insistence on trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, her failure to acknowledge warning signs along the way, had brought her to that moment.
It was there that she met her HIGHEST SELF. And that person told her to get up, to brush herself off, and to move forward.
Today, Tracy is a TEDx sensation and a spiritual advisor. Her calling is to help women like you understand the DEPTH and BREADTH of your INNER POWER.
So how do you begin to look at how you got where you are and then SHIFT into a higher sense of yourself? Tracy has 6 steps to get you started:
- BE QUIET
Moments of QUIET bring CLARITY. When you’re quiet, you can CONNECT to our HIGHEST SELF.
When Tracy had cried it all out and was alone on the cold stone floor of her garage, she knew she was meant for MORE. Who she REALLY WAS told her this, and she was able to listen, because she’d cut out all the noise.
The problem is, none of us are raised to trust ourselves. It’s something we must practice. Sometimes, moments of quiet are forced on us. But there is a way to practice listening to that INNER VOICE on a daily basis.
Find some time each day and try the following:
- Sit on the ground
- Touch your heart
- Breathe in and out.
Just SIT. Be with yourself and follow your inner guidance. Practice this with each decision you face. When you do so, you build TRUST in yourself and your HIGHEST SELF can emerge.
- FEEL YOUR FEELINGS
We all want to change, but we don’t want to FEEL anything while we do. Once you’re quiet, you’ll begin to FEEL. Allow these moments, don’t push them away.
The truth is, this WILL be UNCOMFORTABLE. That’s okay! The discomfort gives you the opportunity to ask – whose life am I leading? Is this life what I wanted for myself?
This step is a process and a practice. You must move from external validation, such as permission and approval from those outside yourself, to an inward journey where you trust and listen to yourself.
We’re rarely taught to acknowledge the relationship with ourselves. But Tracy believe the relationship with YOURSELF needs to come before all the other relationships in our lives. Only then can you show up to serve, listen, love and laugh as your HIGHEST SELF.
- LEARN TO EMBRACE YOUR FEAR
We all fear the idea leaning in and seeing our TRUE SELF. Because the life we live may not be fully representative of that person.
But Tracy lives by this anonymous quote: “The definition of hell is on my last day on Earth the person I became will meet the person I could have become.”
Every day you have the opportunity to ensure that you are healing, growing, and expanding into that highest version of yourself. But to do so, you have to be willing to move away from the FAMILIAR and embrace new feelings, new thoughts, new things.
But be warned, when you do, FEAR WILL SHOW UP.
That’s why it’s time to learn to LOVE and EMBRACE your fear. Tracy’s most famous Tedx Talk is called DEAR FEAR, IT’S NOT YOU IT’S ME.
The fact is, our fear a good thing. It helps us survive. But you KNOW you want to thrive. You NEED to hear what your true self is telling you. And when you’re moving to a place closer to your HIGHEST SELF, your old beliefs and feelings will surface.
FEAR is an indication of your growth and expansion. Starting a business, growing a career, leaving a marriage, starting a new relationship, shifting your parenting, writing a novel. Any time you’re pushing your edges out, changing for the better, FEAR will show up.
So what do you do? Tell FEAR that it’s okay. That it doesn’t need to stop you. The truth is, you are more POWERFUL than your FEAR. You CAN get around it. It’s not a wall. So bring it close, embrace it, and then tell it NO. LOUDLY tell it NO.
- PRACTICE GRATITUDE
The baby from Tracy’s breakdown moment is now 16. When she looks back at that time, she is so GRATEFUL for the gift that time gave her – the opportunity to find her HIGHEST SELF.
Look back at your past. If you look back at any moment as anything other than part of the divine plan for who you are and who you’re supposed to be you’re creating a level of suffering that’s unnecessary.
Instead, practice GRATITUDE for where you come from and where you’re headed. Then you won’t just survive, you’ll THRIVE.
- KEEP GROWING
It’s important to know that these changes are not a one-time thing.
REBRANDING who you are is the consistent thing we get to do as we grow. It’s the identity shift, the evolution, the next level. But it doesn’t stop. Who you were 2 years ago is not who you are today. And who you are today is not who you’ll be 2 years from now. You’re either growing or you’re dying.
When you’re GROWING, you’re BECOMING. Focus on the ING. You are a human Be-Ing who is Be-Ing, Have-ing, and Do-Ing. So keep GROW-Ing!
- YOU DONT NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING
Today, Tracy wants to continue being a better leader. She doesn’t know what that will look like yet. And she knows that to get there, she has to be willing to fall on her face once in a while, to potentially fail.
You have to be willing to do it wrong so you can get it right. Don’t try to solve things before you have any experience with the thing you’re trying to solve.
You don’t need to KNOW everything.
If this is hard for you, you’re not alone. Most of us operate under high levels of control. This can stem from how you were raised or your own life experience thus far. Your mind hates the unfamiliar and longs for a sense of CONTROL.
But the truth is, NOTHING is under our control. So stop making things up and then adding to the story before it happens. When you can admit you don’t know what’s next with optimism and a smile, you can lean into what’s to come.
Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Follow the steps above, and you’ll be on the way to discovering your HIGHEST SELF.
Want to learn more about Tracy? Check out her website at https://www.thelittfactor.com or follow her on FB or Instagram under the same name.