Perhaps I am lucky that I have experienced both real passion and real focused purpose. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been able to really understand that some people never get to feel either.
That makes me so sad – and I really want to DO something about it. The problem is of course I know that everyone has the opportunity at some point. Some people just choose to pass on it.
I’ve also realized you can’t MAKE someone dig deep unless they are ready and willing. I’ve tried in the past. I’ve even thought I succeeded but then nope..not so much.
All I can do is live my life in a purposefully and passionate way and hope that inspires. I figure if I can move someone to start on their own life journey awake instead of sleepwalkng through it then that would be more than enough.
I can also offer up some of my own experiences which is what I often do with these blog posts. Digging is hard work, even when it’s mental and not physical. BUT I do know that both types of digging is easier if someone lends you a hand – or a shovel.
I knew for most of high school that I was going to be a teacher. I just knew. It bubbled up from my heart of hearts and drove me to do what I had to do. My passion drove my purpose which gave me my continued motivation.
So what happens when you get to a point where you feel like you’ve achieved what you needed to?
You have a choice even then. Find your passion, dig up your new purpose or pass and stay right where you are.
This is what was happening to me a few years back. I felt like I had reached a leveling off in my growth and the craving for something MORE started.
It was this craving I think that may have been starting even when I moved across the country alone to live on the west coast. I don’t think I recognized it yet but it may be that is when the seeds had been planted or struggling to break free of their shells.
Either way, I was looking for my own passion and purpose. While I love teaching the kids and enjoy it still, I know I have grown and want to play a bigger game in my life.
Probably why I got certified as a Coach in the first place. Stepping stones to where I was headed.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to be able to go even deeper. With myself, my business and all of life. I can see it, taste it even…but didn’t know quite how to get there.
I was a bit stuck. Funny how stuck rhymes so nicely with YUCK isn’t it?
I started getting an idea but I was resisting opening up to it fully. I’m not even sure why. So much has changed the last few years that I think perhaps I just wanted to stay in some comfortable settings for a while but my restless heart would have none of that.
The signs started showing up more and more often until one day I just took action. A tiny small thing…reaching out to a friend for some information…that lead to a huge leap.
Suddenly, I’m headed back to school! I’m upgrading my skills, opening doors and freaking out with happiness!
I can’t quite see around the bend in the path yet but as soon as my feet hit this road I knew…just KNEW it was the right one.
I won’t kid you that my inner saboteur jumped right out and started yelling about ‘what if this’ and ‘what would happen’ sort of stuff. I gotta say I almost smiled at that. It means what I’m doing is just scary enough to bring about some serious leaps and bounds of growth. I’m aiming so BIG!!
I answered that little voice with faith and then told her to shut up and sit down, cuz I’m doing it anyway. Oh yes…I got this!
Open hearts find their passions – you already know what it is I promise you. Fear and inner beliefs try to keep us from them. Quite a dance really.
I believe in me (and it’s taken a lot of work to be able to say that with real conviction!) but I also believe in YOU. If you are having trouble finding your own purpose just look at what makes your heart sing.
My heart sings when I help other women figure out what makes their hearts sing…pretty awesome huh?
How much attention have you been paying to growing your life? Do you have Purpose, Passion or do you Pass?