Mouth-Open, Tongue-Flapping, Ears-Waving-in-the-Wind Dream Chasin’

Photo Credit:  Sarnibill1

This is how I picture you–running down the road, chasing your dream–with your eyes dancing, your mouth wide open, and your tongue flapping in the wind.  Life is just too amazing not to be chasing it with all you’ve got!

Ditch the Squirrels!


Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months?  A “take-it-or-leave-it” day?

That’s how my February ended up being.  I felt like I was just chasing squirrels all month.

Last month, I laid bare my pretty ambitious goals for my life and business. (BTW, I realize it wasn’t my highest moment in blog title creation, but I hope this one made up for it) 😛

For those of you who missed it…here’s the synopsis:

  • Time for me to “shit or get off the pot”
  • I want to build a six-figure business by connecting with 100,000 people and building a solid platform from which to create credibility with them.

Although, February felt like a meh month, there were some really great things that happened behind the scenes and I’m SUPER stoked about them.

I had a kick-ass consulting/come-to-Jesus session with my friend, Ash Ambirge of The Middle Finger Project.

I found out who I’m talking to and what I have to say.  (In business-speak, that’s “target market and core message”)

More important than markets and messages, products and services, is YOU. I uncovered a treasure that I have to offer you.  Wanna know what I discovered?

Here It Is!

There are 3 fundamental areas in which I am going to help you to build greater confidence and strength in your life.

1. Through Your Relationships

2. With Your Wealth (ie, business, career, etc)

3. By Living Your Passion and Purpose

In another life, I facilitated relationship enhancement workshops, and I know there is a pile of info in my back pocket that would light you up (in a good way).

Over the past decade, I’ve buried myself up to my eyeballs in personal development, psychology and self-help.

The Rubber Meets The Road

If you’re reading this site with any amount of regularity, you probably know tons of shit too, but you struggle in one area or another to effectively apply what you know.

The philosophies and ideas we learn as we study personal development can be so…well…squishy.  Meaning they’re often abstract.

I want to take that psychological mush that’s swirling around in your head and consolidate it into effective tools that you can actually use to create greater happiness and power in your own life.

Bottom Line

Greater clarity = greater focus

Greater focus = greater ability to produce

Greater production = momentum

Momentum creates a feeling of worth, power, and purpose that brings a sense of peace and joy to everyday life.  That’s what I want for you.


That is the context of all that’s been going on internally (for me, and here at the site). But I wanted to share some specific changes I’ve made and point out some other resources and helpful tools I’m starting to develop.

So, here’s what’s been going on behind the scenes.

1. Blog – I will continue to blog here at True Spiritual Awakening, publishing every Tuesday and Friday.

2. Awake! Podcast – I am creating weekly podcasts which I will publish here and on iTunes every Thursday (so be sure to subscribe).

3. YouTube – One of the most effective ways I have of communicating is by video…so I’m starting to publish YouTube videos as often as I can.  I published several this week, so check them out and subscribe to my channel.

I also made a few cosmetic changes you might have noticed. I added a video introduction (in place of my picture) on the right hand sidebar of this site.

I rewrote the “about” page to help fellow seekers understand what we’re about here.  (HUGE shout out to Kimmie for her amazing feedback that helped me work out the kinks on this page).  I also added a “hire me” page, cuz I gotta eat, too!

Let’s Chase Your Dreams…

  • I need to know most of all how I can help you achieve your dream! I have a huge heart and tons of practical guidance just waiting to be unloaded on your butt, so spill it! 😉
  • Send me your thoughts, comments and suggestions about the site and content (format/presentation) that would better serve you.
  • On the podcast, I’m also featuring answers to your biggest questions, so send them in!

…And the Occasional Squirrel!

So let’s chase some big-ass dreams…and an occasional squirrel or two.  This is an amazing journey and some really cool things are about to explode here on the site.

I am grateful for every one of you. You inspire me.

About Steve

Hi, I'm Steve Rice and my goal is to transform simple philosophical truths into practical fuel to revolutionize your life. It's not about self-help, it's about self-reliance. I show you how. Connect with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and let me know how I can help you.

  • What a fantastic post Steve. Perhaps if you want to chase your dream, you must be open and free to whatever thing you may do. Dreams can help us understand how difficult life can be. I love your topic Steve. Hoping I could read another article that can inspire many people not to stop following what they want.

    • Steve

      Thanks, Tracyann! I think you nailed it on the head. There is a certain amount of freedom that we have to allow–openness to whatever comes that allows us to experience the miracles! 🙂 I’m glad this article inspired you today. Cheers. Have a great weekend.

  • Love the way you’re thinking, Steven!! My kind of talk!

    Put the worries… and squirrels in the wind and GO FOR IT!! 😀

    I can read your enthusiasm, so I can only imagine what you’re persona is letting out! That’s awesome bud! You’ve totally inspired me!

    I’m hoping this today to finish writing the eBook, and then spend this weekend editing it. (Fingers crossed because I have no idea how I want to end the dang thing) I’ve spent the last 2 days playing with ideas, but nothing that seems to be sticking.

    Yet, know that you have motivated me into working effortlessly on that today. Thanks for the super motivation bud!

    Wishing you the best in your endeavors as well! Cheers and Blessings! 😉

    • Steve

      Awesome! So glad this post inspired you today. I needed to write a “State of the Blog” post but wanted to make it light and still uplifting, so glad that I accomplished that. 🙂

      I’m SO excited for your books. If you wanna take a minute and chat over some ideas you have for the end of your eBook, I’m around today, just hit me up. Sometimes it just helps to run your ideas by another person….especially when you’re near the end and have been so close to the material for so long.

      Keep me posted on all your endeavors.

  • Hey, Steve! I like that – “State of the Blog.”

    I’m working on revising mine too so I know how much work went in to all of this. Love the dog imagery as well. Because I’m new at all of this, sometimes I feel like a little Yorkie bouncing up and down, begging for attention.

    • Steve

      I didn’t realize you were new to blogging, etc. When did you start? This is actually my one-year blogoversary 🙂 Started another blogging site (Karmic Kappuccino) last march and have been going strong ever since.

      I can really relate to the feeling of “new kid” on the block trying to gain attention. My best advice? Find 2-3 people who in various industries who are doing what you want to do (or have the business you want to have) online and study them and imitate them. Don’t get snarled in the craziness of trying to keep too many balls in the air (ie FB, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, Blog, YouTube, etc) It’s too much…and you won’t see the return for your time spent.

      Choose one or two that fit your personality and strive to be good there in that space and use it to your advantage. What is your biggest challenge as a new blogger/business person?

      • I’m not new to blogging per se, I have another site that I started 3.5 years ago. I am new to business and blogging, though. Some days I only have a few balls in the air, other days there are way too many. I pretty much am sticking to FB and Twitter. I am only just now figuring Twitter out.

        I think I have looked at too many sites and blogs lately and need to pull back in so that I stay true to myself. I was researching like a Mad Hatter in August and had to stop after my launch in September. Then I signed up for a coaching class and started going crazy looking at stuff again. It’s that balance thing I wrote about today. 🙂

        Thanks for the pointers and good luck with your endeavors too.

        • Steve

          Oh, cool. I always love learning more about what other people are doing–where they’ve come from and where they’re going. Thanks for sharing a little more about you.

          I’m SO excited that ur new to blogging and business. I, like you, just started working with twitter in the last year. I didn’t get it at all when I first started. I’m still not a pro at all…don’t put a lot of time there, but I got the hang of it and it is a great way to connect.

          I can really relate to your experience of looking at so many sites. I did the same thing last year. I was looking at all these people that seemed to have their shit together so much better than I did. I copied them. I loaded down my site with all sorts of images and widgets and nifty do-dads.

          Then I just got worn out. I didn’t get to be me. So I stripped it all down. Then Jan 2012, I started over with this URL and a new site. I probably could have re-purposed the old one, but you gotta move on and learn as you go.

          Here’s a piece of advice that’s working well for me…specifically in my business goals. I found 3 bloggers who are in various niches. One does business marketing, one does how to make money online and one does how to live your passion in business. Each earns over 6-figure income from their business.

          I started studying exactly what they were doing. I subscribed to their e-mail lists and studied their e-mail habits. I studied their sites. I studied how they interact with their audience. I’m imitating them. I’m not mimicking them. The distinction to me between the two is that imitation is following their lead but on my own path. Mimicking would be if I just copied and tried to be the “next” __________________.

          Please keep me updated periodically on how your business is going. I’d really love to hear more. You can always drop me an e-mail if you have more in-depth questions specific to your business. Would love to be there to bounce ideas off of. I know it can be scary jumping into this pool. I don’t have all the answers (just most!), but I’m sure two heads are nearly always better than one! 🙂

  • Great image Steve. I’m a visual person so the imagery really helps me envision getting excited about my pursuits. I feel a little like you in that it felt like I was chasing squirrels during february. But I am literally ready to follow my dreams with my ecourse starting this month.

    • Steve

      Me too, Petrea! I love visuals. Not only do they help me remember important principles, they help cement them in my mind as well. It’s funny because a couple of other people have commented about chasing squirrels in Feb. Glad that analogy resonated with everyone. What is the topic of your eCourse? I know it will be helpful no matter the topic. Let me know when you launch it officially and I’ll tweet out the link and share on my networks.

      Have a great weekend, my friend.

  • Hi Steve, oh I fully get you. Looks like we were a bunch of dogs chasing squirrels in February 😉 Let’s chase our dreams!

    • Steve

      AWESOME! So glad ur on board. What is the major dream that you’re chasing this year, Emmanuelle? BTW…just noticed ur in Belgium. Is that accurate? My partner’s cousin lives in Belgium and we want to visit sometime this year if we can scrape the $$ together. 🙂 If it works out, would be lovely to meet for tea or coffee.

      • To answer your first question: quit the j-o-b and be a full time yoga teacher / holistic life coach. This is not only a dream, I am making it happen 🙂
        And yes, you are right, I live in Brussels, Belgium. Let me know if your plans work out, would love to meet you!

        • Steve

          That’s SO exciting, Emmanuelle! I love it even more that you’re doing it…not just dreaming about it. I think a lot of us are big dreamers, but we haven’t quite got the hang of grabbing onto our dreams and dragging them down out of the clouds and planting them firmly in our reality. Brava to you!

          Cool ur in Brussels. I think that the cousins are near there too…not sure the city. I’ll definitely keep in touch and give you a head’s up when we solidify our plans. Would be cool to meet for sure.

  • wish you all the best Steve
    i have some goals to reach as well and i need to keep on perusing them

    • Steve

      Thanks so much, Farouk. Appreciate you stopping by.

  • What a great photo and a wonderful post! You’re website looks like a wonderful resource for development! I’ll definitely be surfing around on it!

    • Steve

      Aww…you made my day, Pam. Thanks so much for stopping by and connecting on FB too. It’s great to have you as part of the “gang” here. I just started this site in Jan, so I’m still building content here and on YouTube and iTunes. Hope you’ll avail yourself of everything here and please drop me a note with any suggestions for articles, questions for podcasting, etc. I’ll be happy to incorporate it into future content.

  • I am all for trying to boost my momentum. I like what you said about that my man! It takes a lot of focus before we can start to boost our momentum.
    Personally, I have weeks where I feel super focused. In those times, I do not feel sleepy as much and I have a higher motivation to get to work. On the other hand, I also have weeks where I do not feel like doing anything! I try to push myself and sometimes I can, but then I might eat a double cheese burger and pass out on the couch.
    I wish I could go week after week and stay in my zone. If I could manage to do that then I would love to see the outcome in a few months. It is easy to talk about what we are going to do, but a whole different story to actually make it happen.
    I know what I want and it is easy for me to see my dreams, but I am trying to keep them to myself, at least for the most part (Granted if I met someone like-minded or who could help me progress then that would be a different story).
    I know that I am the only one, for the most part that can make things happen for myself. If I work hard enough then I believe my work will do the talking for me.

    Great stuff here . . . It really made me do some reflecting!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

    • Steve

      Yes…recognizing that you are the one who’s going to make things happen for you is a big step in making them happen. Then, as you noted, it takes focus to take action to make it happen.

      I think most people can probably relate to your experience of feeling “on” one day and then not as motivated another. This is the human condition. Life is an “ebb and flow” experience. The key for me, is to be present for as much of it as possible. This means being “in the moment” and experiencing all the emotions and experiences that I’m having as I’m having them…and not become distracted from my own life. That’s easier said than done!

  • Superb blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any tips? Thanks!

    • Steve

      send me an e-mail through the contact box on this site and I’ll be happy to answer a few questions about getting started.