I see the world through a lens of possibilities, and every day I get to witness the power of transformation. In real people, in the real world, I see the beauty of men and women just like you improving their lives and becoming happier. It is fulfilling to witness because I understand exactly what that feels like.

My own transformation began one day in SoHo many, many years ago, as I walked past a row of cardboard boxes in which homeless people were living. A soot-covered hand reached out and grabbed my pant leg. A curious face peered up at me and asked, “What’s gonna be on your tombstone?” Face to face, soul to soul—connected in a transcendent, cosmic moment, it took my breath away. After that encounter I knew I could no longer continue the life I was living. For many years I worked in the worlds of finance and business amid the wild corporate swirl of New York City. For a time I even worked on one of the higher floors of the World Trade Center in Tower 2, now referred to as Ground Zero. It was a career many would be proud of and to look at my life I should have had everything. But I was miserable.

I needed something different, but I felt trapped. If I left my job, what would happen to me? Then one of my friends said something to me that completely transformed my life: “Jump and the net will appear.”

Since then, I have found my friend’s words to be true. It might not seem like it now, but you are never stuck. Even when you find yourself at the crossroads, you are never stuck. You always have the power to shift your life from where you are to where you’d like to be… to where you need to be.

Right now, you have the ability to make the most brilliant choice – the one that will align you with the Universe; the one that will take your life to the next level; the one that will awaken the magnificence that rests at your very core. Yes, you have sacred powers of transformation resting deep within. Not simply the power to change – (although change might seem really refreshing right now) – but to truly transform your life to a place of deep fulfillment. Change is different than transformation. You can change the channel; you can change your hair color – whatever you change, you can always change back. But with transformation, there’s no going back.

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But so often, when we come to a fork in the road – or discover we are at the crossroads of a potentially defining moment … our first response is fear followed by overwhelm. We find ourselves frozen – unable to take a step – second-guessing every previous choice we’ve ever made and doubting our ability to make the right choice.

And yet, sometimes we’re not aware that the critical moment has arrived. We just don’t see it. We have so completely rationalized that we must live with the cards we’ve been dealt that we are blind to amazing opportunities resting right in front of us.

Some people spend their entire lives holding themselves back, trapped in a prison of their own design.

There comes a time in life when we need to re-set our course, re-invent ourselves, re-calibrate our circumstances, establish a new trajectory, and find our next gear. In these defining moments, we need to draw a line between everything that’s ever happened and everything that ever will. All the words society uses to describe that moment don’t really do it justice – fresh start, new beginning, second chance. They just don’t tell the full story. That’s because, in reality, we are desiring a complete extraction from the world we’ve created and a total re-birth – a re-entry into a new world where we are whole, pure, perfect, unstained, untainted, unconditioned. We want a world where our past choices don’t define us; where we are free from the sting of heartache, liberated from the regret of poorly chosen words, and pardoned from the consequences of an unplanned outcome.

The fact that you are reading this means you have made that life-affirming choice and some part of you deep inside believes that the best is yet to come. Attaining emotional freedom is actually our birthright, and the first step in making this happen is choosing to reclaim it.

davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author of Amazon’s Best Seller destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind and Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation, & winner of the Nautilus Book Award. Connect with him on . davidji.com FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

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