Ora Nadrich is the Founder & President of The Institute for Transformational Thinking and bestselling author of Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity. Ora is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post, and has been featured as a panelist on Huffington Post Live. She's written many articles on Mindfulness, and can be found on Yahoo Health, YouBeauty, Conscious2, MindBodyGreen, and many other publications. She leads workshops on “The Says Who? Method”, a step-by-step process of confronting our negative thoughts, which are what often create the obstacles in our lives. Ora was an actress and screenwriter, where she worked in film, episodic television, and commercials for more than a decade, which she feels provided her vast experience in exploring motivation and the process of self-discovery.
- Who is Ora Nadrich?
Ora likes to say “a vision always starts in the mind with a single thought.” She considers herself a visionary, as someone who wants to manifest the vision in her mind. When Ora’s sister became afflicted with mental illness that completely changed the way Ora looked at life. Being an actress was no longer what she felt like she was meant to do. She found that some of the most difficult times in life can be a gift that will lead you to understand more about yourself.
- Where did you get the courage to make the switch and Live True?
This is a question of Nature vs. Nurture. Many people have come from terrible situations and achieved great things. There is usually a moment, a distinct event that defines you.
The thing that drives Ora is something that she teaches to other people. Ora wakes up each day with gratitude and presence. Be in the moment of now and think about what you want that moment to be. You are the creator and master of your internal dialogue which will create your reality.
- Overcoming Self Doubt
Energy goes where energy flows. We start to believe the thoughts that we tell ourselves and often get attached to thoughts that keep us back.
If someone came up to you and told a bunch of negative things, would you outright believe them? Probably not, but when we do it to ourselves we do. Take one negative thought you have and write it down, crumple it up and throw it away. Then write down its positive counterpart. You have to be diligent and committed to switching out your negative thoughts that don’t serve you for positive ones that do.
- Staying In The Present
We are bombarded more than ever before, you need to make an effort to pause and work with the voices in your own head. The number one anchor in meditation is to focus on your own breath. Being in the present means you are showing up and what of yourself do you want to bring with you?
If you want to get in shape without exercising, you’re kidding yourself. If you want to be present in your life, you have to do the work.
- How do we reconcile mindfulness and authenticity?
Ask yourself what feels inauthentic to you. If you are an entrepreneur just getting started, you are probably under a lot of pressure to put up an image of success that you may not have had yet. But real is good, being vulnerable is okay.
Give yourself credit for what you’ve done. Wake up in the morning and get your thoughts on straight. Think thoughts that support and encourage what you want to achieve.
Entrepreneurs are the visionaries of the future. They will change the future. Ora shares her ideas of thought transformation because she knows they can change the way people think and that can change the world. Changing your thoughts is one of the most powerful things you can do.
- How do you deal with the stigma around mindfulness?
Everybody has the ability to be present. Meditation and mindfulness used to be considered woo woo but not so much anymore. Mindfulness allows you to discipline your mind and become more aware and focused on what matters, which is especially possible in this age of distractions.
Some of the top athletes today meditate to achieve their levels of peak performance.
Reference: Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity, Ora Nadrich
- Ora’s Takeaway
Make sure that your thoughts are supporting your vision. Any thoughts that get in the way, answer them back and replace them. You have the ability to replace any doubt or fear based thought that appears in your mind. You can reach your goal if change and transform your negative thoughts to positive ones.
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