We spend more time and money doggy paddling through life than actually learning how to swim different strokes that take us from where we are to where we want to be.

There is the butterfly stroke (the most challenging), the breast stroke, the side stroke, the back stroke, the front crawl and free style swimming.

We limit ourselves to bathtubs, pools and ponds when there are oceans out there waiting for us.

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, you can learn how to swim. Once you discover different strokes, rarely do you go back to doggy paddling; it doesn’t feel natural and it limits your breath, speed and distance.

So why do we doggy paddle in our personal, professional and spiritual lives?

It becomes comfortable, or we haven’t learned a different way, or we have forgotten that there are other strokes that enhance our overall quality and well being in life.

Fearful thoughts and old mindsets (beliefs and patterns) keep us from exploring different strokes and oceans. They keep us paddling around the problem rather than swimming through it and onto other horizons.

When you connect to essence, consciousness, Infinite Intelligence, The Source, The Universe, God, you gain wonderful and creative insights (strokes). These insights are always available in all situations if you become still and trust the wisdom.

Being still and listening to these strokes of genius or brilliance can be difficult, like the butterfly stroke, let alone the trusting them.

Once you become comfortable with these strokes you won’t be doggy paddling anymore.

You will be swimming in the great oceans of consciousness and loving the freedom of choice.

How do we connect to this fountain of knowledge and gain those strokes of insight?

It’s simple really; all you have to do is become still and open to receiving. Whatever situation(s) or person(s) you feel is creating the perceived challenge or stress, you will become still and open to receiving an insight (stroke) as to how to handle the problem.

Once you begin to trust receiving, you are well on your way to believing and achieving different strokes of possibilities.

In no time at all, you will be out of the ponds and into the oceans.

Does that mean you won’t ever doggy paddle again or be in a pond? No, but it does mean you are quicker to recognize this and will remember to dive in and swim freely with some new strokes.

So what do you say? Are you willing to learn some new strokes or are you going to continue to paddle through life?

Remember , when you Shine, the world shines brighter because of you!

Author's Bio: 

Kimberley Cohen is the Founder, Facilitator and Personal Insight Coach of The Insight Technique™. She is certified in Body Mind Counselling, Process Oriented Body Work and Spiritual Psychotherapy. She founded the Insight Technique™ - Your Insight to genuine Happiness, Purpose and Prosperity to assist herself and others in uncovering and discovering their brilliance. To question and understand your thinking so you can transform what blocks and limits you from living the life you desire and deserve. Or "living your dreams".