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The Seven Principles of Effortless Action

Carol Adrienne, Ph.D., is the author of The Purpose of Your Life: Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition, and Uncommon Sense, and co-author with James Redfield of The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide, and The Tenth Insight: An Experiential Guide. She is also the author of The Numerology Kit, an do-it-yourself guide to understanding the blueprint of your life.

The Seven Principles of Effortless Action

What's Not in the Business Plan:
Trusting Your Intuition &
Everyday Coincidences
To Help You Succeed

Part One--Seven Principles of Effortless Action

Are you willing to drop your five-year plan if something better comes along that you hadn't planned for? How open are you to business unknowns (the parts that are fortuitous and providential)--those serendipitous gifts that come your way that lead to greater success than you could ever have imagined or planned? Or do you stick to your straight and narrow line of thinking?

In our work environments, we are often ruled by "realistic" notions--by facts and figures--by charts, numbers, and logical pieces of information that we can prove. It's the world of business, and we're encouraged and predisposed to make our work routine. Besides being a factual world, (one we can put our hands on and one we can back up), it is also a world of rules and guidelines and protocol that must be followed. But are we overlooking something--something that costs nothing and can easily lead to greater success and an innovative edge?

There are steps we can take to begin to increase the magic and inspiration of synchronicity--or, put another way, being in the right place at the right time:


We all know how to use common sense. Uncommon sense is what we trust when we take a leap of faith. It comes not from the obvious, or the ordinary, or the expected. It comes as a result of knowing who we are (and who we are not), and trusting that to take us where we need to go. It's a deep knowing or trusting our intuition to be on our side. It pulls from a deeper level of wisdom--of what's right for us. Uncommon sense is listening to the voice that says, "Slow down," when we're late, and slowing down is the last thing we want to do.

Once you learn to listen to your intuition and use uncommon sense, a whole new world opens before your eyes. Your life will have more meaning. Your job will seem less mundane. You will learn to focus on your purpose and why you've made the choices you have. You will begin to see yourself as part of something greater--something bigger than simply getting up and doing your 9 to 5 job.


Effortless action is not synonymous with sitting on your chair doing nothing. Effortless action means creating change without straining to "push the river." Going with the flow. Setting the wheels in motion. Effortless action is setting a goal and paying attention to what needs doing and allow the results to come when and how they come. Effortless action is being willing to do whatever it takes, but not trying to control what you cannot control.

The following seven principles are something to review from time to time when making business decisions.

Principle 1: Act on Passion. Take a stand for what you believe in. Remember your purpose is to contribute the best of who you are at all times. You are in this particular work situation because this is the place where you can fulfill your life purpose for the time being. There is a reason you were led to take this job or create this career.

Principle 2: Be Discerning. Let your rational mind and intuition work together. Trust first impressions but always check out the facts.

Principle 3: Listen very carefully to unspoken feelings. Flow through on persistent intuitive messages.

Principle 4: Notice where you lose or gain energy. Notice when you begin to rationalize, justify or blame. You feel something is not right? Take action even though it may take you out of your comfort zone. It's time to discover what you will need to change or release from your life.

Principle 5: Commit. Do whatever it takes to put you in motion toward doing what your intuition is telling you.

Principle 6: Assume synchronistic support (or providential help) is coming your way. Coincidences you never expected confirm that you are on the right path, even if their meaning is not crystal clear at the time. Some people say, "If it's supposed to happen, it will."

Principle 7: Trust the process. Trust that your life is unfolding as it should and that your intuition will lead you in the right direction.


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