10 Action Steps To A Highly Inspired Life

Posted May 2, 2012

Guest post by Dr Greg Schreeuwer.

I’ve come to learn over my life that taking action steps, literally putting one foot in front of the other, as we walk towards the life we’d love to have, are worth 80-90% of the whole journey. When I used to work as a chiropractor, using kinesiology, I used to tell my patients that I only did 10-20% of the work during the session. The rest was up to them. If they chose not to take the steps, that their bodies were trying to indicate to them, it would take them longer to achieve what they truly desired in life.

What I found quite interesting about these action steps was the reasons why we often choose not to take them. Why we hold ourselves back and avoid the journey we’d love to take. What I uncovered was quite a revelation to me. The perceptions we have or the choices we make significantly influence how we take some of the most important steps that could help us fulfill our heart’s true desires. Our fears and guilts, judgments and embarrassments lead to lots of stories about untruths and too much hiding away of what’s real.

It is incredible what the human mind is capable of doing and how easily it can influence the decisions we make. We have an uncanny ability to turn molehills into mountains and also turn joy into sorrow. What I mean by that is simple. We turn minor details in our lives into stories of drama and over exaggeration. We minimize and reduce very important and significant details, which mean something to us, to almost nothing. Our inability to take action steps in our lives is based on this principle. They are the two components that prevent us from living our lives fully. What’s strange, though, is that we actually take these action steps all the time. Most of the time we’re not even consciously aware of it and so, therefore, don’t acknowledge it.

It is so easy for us to fall back on a story about why we can’t do something like, ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘It’s too hard’ or ‘They won’t like me’. All of these, plus more, are the stories we convince ourselves of that stop us from having what we want. Sometimes we’ll even use our traumas as an excuse or the labels we’ve been given as we were growing up like, ‘I have ADD’ or ‘I have anxiety’ or ‘I’m not smart enough’. It’s in our nature to have fear and judgment around owning ourselves. We live in a world that focuses more on duality and separation than unity and balance. As a consequence we are fed lots of projections, beliefs and values that aren’t our own and lose sight of who we are. When it comes time to focusing on what we want, we can’t even open our mouths to say, ‘I don’t want to’. We blow that simple action out of proportion, create a highly creative story around it and believe that it’s because we’re not good enough. In doing so, we minimize who we truly are, in order to preserve the world around us.

So I wondered, what are some of these action steps we could be taking, if we could dissolve some of those judgments, fears, shames or guilts? How would they help us get what we want in life? After observing my life, my clients and very successful people, I came up with 10 steps that were common amongst all of us, that could break through these stories and injections. We’ve all thought about them, in one form or another, but most of us haven’t acted on them. They are as follows:


1. Giving yourself time to work out what’s truly important to you – something most of us don’t take the time out to do and wonder, later on in life, why we did that.

2. Expressing yourself to the world around you by not hiding or running away. Most of us do one or the other and we do so mostly because of our perceptions. As a consequence we repress ourselves instead of expressing ourselves.

3. Revealing yourself to the world so people can see who you truly are – we often want to be someone other than ourselves and fear the reactions we’d receive if people really saw us.

4. Standing up for yourself, despite the opposition you will face – a lot of us are afraid to do this because we perceive there is so much challenge associated with doing so.

5. Give yourself permission to follow your heart and pursue your dreams – how many of you have pushed aside your dreams and what’s in your heart for the world around you?

6. Learn to say no without feeling guilty – a challenge we all have to face. It can be tough not saying yes to others when we can’t see how they might benefit.

7. Learn to say yes to yourself, possibly for the first time – one of the scariest steps to take, particularly if you’ve never really done it before. This is really about self-ownership.

8. It’s ok to upset your parents and people of authority, in order to follow your dreams – this one is controversial because we have been taught to respect and honour our elders. What if that means dishonouring ourselves?

9. Compare yourself to no one other than yourself. Everybody is different and that’s ok – how often have you seen what other people have and wished you had that too? What if you had it, exactly the same way, and it made you miserable? Would you still want it?

10. If you have a great idea that inspires you, go and share it. The world is waiting for you – we all have a wonderful story to tell. Hiding it, disguising it and not appreciating it can certainly make us feel sick.


Take a look at some of these and think to yourself, for a moment, if you have any fear, judgment, shame or guilt associated with doing any of them. I would suspect you might, as do most of us, when we’re not in our own power. Then, ask yourself why you feel that way? Did you start telling yourself a story or did you reveal the small little reason you’re holding yourself back? The conscious mind is responsible for this, but the more you look inside your heart for the answer, you will surpass the conscious mind and see what’s real.


If you’d like to know more about these steps, get further insight and find out how to best apply these in your own life, check out my e-Book, Action Your Life – 10 Action Steps to a Highly Inspired Life. It can be found at parallelpractise.com/resources.


Author bio: Dr. Greg Schreeuwer practiced as a chiropractor in Sydney, Australia for 4.5 years. He is now non-practicing. During that time, he received training in several areas of complementary healthcare including Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Principles, Reiki, N.A.E.T. (Nambudripads’ Allergy Elimination Technique), N.E.T. (Neuro Emotional Technique), N.C.R. (Neurocranial Restructuring) and he has attended Dr. John F. Demartini’s “Breakthrough Experience Programs”. He has also has a special interest in metaphysics and quantum mechanics. He has always been fascinated by the inner workings of almost everything that exists in the universe and he has constantly striven, through his own self-development and research, to uncover these underlying mechanisms. He is a focused and dedicated person who loves helping people uncover their path. The challenges he has faced to allow him to reach this point in his life are numerous yet they have been incredible blessings, opening his mind to the possibilities and endless opportunities that exist within people and within the world. His dream and hope is to help every person on the planet reveal their divine purpose by showing people how their dis-ease is not a limitation but a lesson that could liberate, inspire and empower them.


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Bernie Walton says:

Thanks Jess
Great article today, Greg gets it in a nutshell, it’s so easy to say to ourselves–“But my problems are unique,
I am not the usual mixed up person”!!
Yes– we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other and not stop!
Action on a daily basis.

Toni says:

Great food for thought. My girl has gone out into the world and now find myself wondering how to honor myself. I have been doing what other people want and what I need to do because of financial reasons so it is time to ponder and direct my life when I want to go.
Will re-read this post a bit I’d say.
Thanks for sharing Greg.

Thank you Toni. If you need any assistance along the way, I’m always happy to help out.

A great post, perfectly summed up. I especially love item 9, compare yourself to noone other than yourself. I found this one especially true when planning my wedding!

Michaela says:

I find it amazing how in-tune we all are with one another. So many times when I read this blog, even the guest posts such as above, it’s like you’ve tapped into exactly what has recently come up in my life and thoughts. The timing is exquisite.

This is a fantastic post that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and the way it is written quite strongly reminded me of my inner dialogue- almost as if I could have written it myself! Perhaps because it’s somewhat philosophical.

Anyhow, excellent reading as always. Thank you, Greg, for a great guest post!

Amelia says:

Wonderful post, Greg… you have a real gift for expressing inspired thought.
It takes real (daily) commitment to re-write the false beliefs we have about ourselves, our lives, who we are and what we think we are capable of. Once we decide to break the habit of negative thinking …opportunities to live our new intention are everywhere! The real challenge lies in the doing.. But, the rewards certainly outweigh any hardship.

Hey Gregg, nice site and project. We are using chiro help frequently, on both continents, we are moving more on more into healthy foods and lifestyle and I fully agree with your 10 commandments….
We wish you and N the best of luck.
Your Toronto-New York-Budapest friends!
Theo and Eva

Jamie says:

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful, informative, inspiring posts! I started a blog a few months ago on health, happiness, and success, and I love what you’re doing. You are like a mentor to me. And thank you for the information on how you turned your blog into a business. I would love to go that route as well since I am so passionate about these topics. I enjoyed this post as well about leading an inspired life – I’m working on it!

Kalvin Smith says:

Simple wisdom, often ignored…
Deepest thanks for sharing.

Cindy says:

I always say it’s fear. And in many books i get a confirmation. We fear what others may think, what other may say about us and most importantly we often act as others used to perceive us in the past.

I see people acting WAY differently near different people. I think they do this because they try to fit into expectation of a particular person.