Honor: A Gift of Love

In the last year since the release of my book, in-person and online interactions have reinforced a few things I know about barriers to dreams and what keeps some stuck in a less than satisfying existence. At the root of it are trapped, old grievance stories and unconscious beliefs that we don’t deserve better. Even if we could envision the life of our dreams, we don’t trust our vision, because we haven’t experienced anything near its beauty or promise; perhaps we just made it up. We’re seriously challenged to continue living the current version of life we can hardly wait to replace. Yet, we feel we need to be “fixed” somehow before we deserve better. We simply find it difficult to accept and love ourselves just as we are, just where we are in our lives.

REACH BookWith the above said, I’m not going to write a new article about it this week. Instead, as a gift of Love from my heart to yours, I’m offering you a free electronic copy of the Honor chapter from my book. Just click here to download the pdf file.

The central purpose of this chapter is to help you reframe how to look at yourself and your life, including what you have done and what you have “failed” to do of which you may not be so proud. To give you an idea of what you’ll get, here’s the paragraph that wraps up the Honor chapter:

Now that we are at the end of this last pillar of REACH, Honor, I can basically sum this chapter up with a simple message to you: You’re ok! It is commendable that you have the desire to improve yourself and/or your life for the sake of growth and evolution. But, remember that what you do or not doesn’t fundamentally affect your self-worth or lovability. Moreover, even if you feel lost and don’t know what you want, trust that you are just in the outer folds of the labyrinth of life. By the same token, while some things are challenging to honor at their face value – the waiting time for your dream to manifest, distractions and challenging people on your path – trust that they are valid parts of the labyrinth of life. If you just keep the faith, pay attention to the intuitive intelligence coming through your body, do your part and surrender control of the rest, you cannot miss your life. If you keep taking one step at a time, your path will lead you to your dream.

If you like videos, here’s the link to a recorded excerpt of a talk I gave last year based on some of the Honor concepts.

It’s my heartfelt intention that something in this chapter or the video serves you wherever you are on your path. If you find either helpful to you, spread the love and share this post with your friends and family who may be able to benefit from it.

May you always honor who you are—just as you are and just where you are in your life!


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About Alice Chan, Ph.D.

Dr. Alice Chan is passionate about developing conscious leaders and organizations. Her path to serve her life purpose has included being an award-winning Cornell professor and a leader in the corporate world for nearly 15 years. She’s the author of the book, REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps to be a Conscious Creator in Your Life, and creator of the program, 30 Days to Living Your Best Life. All content on this blog and website is her own, not the opinions of her employer.

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Mimi Shannon
Mimi Shannon

Alice, I so look forward to reading this chapter and seeing the videos and will write more after I do but in the meantime love the message and the reminder that I am ok. It's so easy to get lost in the quest for ourselves and instead of enjoying what we find, we focus on fixing it (whatever it is!) because we've been led to believe that somehow we can't be wonderful just as we are. Honor is such a beautiful word and I love tucking it in my heart for myself for a change. Namaste. XXOO

Alice Chan, Ph.D.
Alice Chan, Ph.D.

Mimi, thank you for your very thoughtful comments. Coming from someone who's the voice of self-love, I'm especially grateful! Yes, "Honor" is such a gentle yet powerful word. It's my absolutely favorite step in REACH, and, over the past year or so, it has become clearer to me that it's perhaps the most important step to REACHing our dreams. That's why I'm offering this chapter for free. Again, thank you for your thoughtful insights and support. Lots of Love to you.


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