How To Get Out Of Your Own Way, Survive, & Thrive

I was recently telling the story of my crappy-book-deal-turned-six-figure-success story to the students in†my Get Out Of Your Own Way e-course. Since the forum is private, only for students of the course, I thought Iíd share a few tips that Iíve been sharing with them over the course of the year as we all lift each other up in the process of getting over limiting beliefs, stopping the self-sabotage, and finally achieving our New Years Resolutions and other goals.

As I detailed†here, I was in a dark place in January of 2011. Having just closed my medical practice and turned down a crappy book deal, I felt lost, directionless, and stuck in ďthe narrow place.Ē †But I used this time in the narrow place to question my purpose, find clarity,†follow Signs from the Universe, and redirect.

Since then, I got a big phat book deal for my next book†Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House 2013), I delivered a popular†TEDx talk, Iíve been invited to share the stage with Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer twice in 2012, and most importantly, I finally know what Iím here on this earth to do.

When my students asked me questions about how I got from the dark, soul-grasping recesses of the narrow place to where I am right now, I found myself reflecting on my own process. In case youíre in the narrow place, I thought Iíd share some tips that might help you.

How To Survive The Narrow Place & Thrive

1.†When youíre sure youíre doing the right thing, donít give up. After turning down my crappy book deal (and losing my agent as a result), I could have given up. But I knew I was meant to share my message with the world as a writer. I also knew I was worth more of a commitment than my publisher was offering me. Instead of getting discouraged, I hunkered down and used the time in the narrow place to ask questions.

2.†Be flexible and willing to redirect. Although I didnít give up, I didnít dig my heels in and insist on getting my way. My Inner Pilot Light told me maybe it was the wrong time to sell that book, so I went back to the drawing board and wrote a new book. I could have gone postal and insisted that it was the right book at the right time, even when the signs from the Universe were pointing elsewhere. I didnít. I was willing to question the path.

3.†Keep your confidence. Even in the narrow place, when I was feeling really crappy, I had this unexplainable faith that I would always land butter side up.† I was kind to myself. I didnít beat myself up for ďfailing.Ē I grieved, felt my emotions, then picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started over again with conviction.

4.†Donít try to get through the narrow place alone. When I was there, I called upon my healing hang-gliders. I must have done a dozen coaching sessions with various people I trusted to help me through the process. I reached out to the students of the Get Out Of Your Own Way e-course. I wrote blog posts and you all lifted me up. I sought the help of my friends and family. I could never have survived it so peacefully on my own.

5.†Ask for help from the Divine. When I was in the narrow place, my daily prayer was ďMake me a vessel. Abide in me.Ē If I could achieve that, I knew the details would sort themselves out. If I got confused, Iíd ask for a sign – and almost instantly, one would appear.

6.†Set goals but release attachment to outcomes. When it came time to sell†Mind Over Medicine, I told my new agent I would reject any offer that was below the limit I had set for what I thought I was worth. She was on board. I was willing to stick to my guns, but I was also willing to be offered less and redirect once again, should that happen.

7.†Refuse to see any outcome as failure. When things didnít work out the way I planned, I didnít beat myself up or quit. I simply saw the ďfailureĒ as a crossroads. Maybe instead of going left, I was supposed to go right. I saw these setbacks as The Universe telling me which direction was right. It takes all the self-doubt out of the process and keeps you focused on your vision.

8.†Make your joy unconditional. The day before†Mind Over Medicine went to auction, I realized I was no longer anxious or fearful. I was joyful, content, at peace, and full of purpose. A day later, when I got the good news, I felt no different. I was happy -†just because. This was a MAJOR shift for this achievement-junkie. If your joy is unconditional and youíve tried your best, you can truly stay unattached to the outcome and trust that whatever happens, it was meant to be that way.

Get Out Of Your Own Way

If you feel like you need more guidance in 2012 – from me and others in your shoes – as you achieve your own goals, youíre in luck. Just in time for New Years Resolutions, Iím offering a special discount on my Get Out Of Your Own Way e-course.

In this unique online program, youíll receive the Get Out Of Your Own Way workbook (filled with exercises, tips & playwork I use in my workshops & 1-on-1 coaching sessions), video coaching to help you engage the material in different ways and exclusive membership in the GOOYOW forum, which I personally moderate.

(Not to mention the incredible support youíll receive from the other members of our thriving community!)

To help you make 2012 the year you break through all the obstacles holding you back from the success and joy you desire and deserve, you can instantly save 20% when you register by January 1, 2012 using coupon code JOY2012.

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I believe in you!

With 1000% faith,


Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of†,†Pink Medicine Revolutionary,†motivational speaker, and author of†Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.

Learn more about†Lissa Rankin here.



Kiana Siino
Kiana S6 years ago

Thanks for the tips :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Please, enlighten me...

jayasri amma
jayasri amma6 years ago

thanks for the post

KARLOLINA G6 years ago

Hmmmmmmm - Thanks.

KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis6 years ago

I agree, this is sound advice, which I Hope and Pray to actually keep, since I have a history doing otherwise, which I am working on overcoming.

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

Looks like "integrity" to me.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Positive advice.

iii q.
g d c6 years ago

yep. keep a positive attitude!!!