Tweet In life, there is no room for bench warmers. There is no tree with which to hide, no tunnel to escape from, no magic invisibility cloak to help you vanish into thin air. Perhaps that’s why we lean towards books and movies of fantasy […]
Creatively inspiring you to follow your dreams.
Tweet For me, it was: “You’re not creative. You’re not talented enough. No one’s going to really believe you’re a writer. Writer’s don’t make $. You’re nothing special. There are millions of people more talented than you so why try?” Deep in the dark, dusty […]
In an effort to be accepted, even loved, we often dumb down ourselves so others don’t feel intimidated or less than in our presence. Over time this builds as inner resentment, anger and a lifetime of being “good enough.” It’s sad that we feel the need to be ordinary to feel liked. It’s even sadder that we’re willing to give up our own power for the power of others.
But we do that every time we choose to hold back, take opportunities below our skill level or to accept a life that just doesn’t feel right.
Recently, I too was shaken up. I realized that my own past struggles came from a very deep place of self-doubt and fear of success. If you’ve been spending more time on the computer, on your cell phone or doing anything that distracts you from your true purpose, we’re in the same boat.
Sometimes we settle because we’re afraid of what’s next. Sometimes we stop trying because we’re tired or burnt out. In the end, we will be responsible for the life we lived. Will we reflect back on the moments wasted watching mindless television and living an ordinary life-never really ruffling any feathers but at the same time never quite reaching our dreams? Or will we finally wake up to the life that we’ve been born to live?
Listening to this 9 minute Sounds True audio from Michael Bernard Beckwith inspired me to get off my couch and get back to work on my work-in-progress. Hope it will inspire you to begin the process of working on your life. It’s not an easy nor a glamorous task, but the only one necessary to live the life of your dreams.
Your True Purpose
There will come a time when you doubt your influence and significance in life. Maybe in your twenties you thought you were invincible and believed that you had the power to change the world.
In your thirties, your dreams began to shift a bit. You scaled them down as other things and people took priority.
Somewhere along the way you began to lose sight of your dreams. You now worry that you may never fulfill your purpose. And that regardless of any fame or recognition you’ve gotten over the life of your career, the most important thing is having a sense of purpose and meaning. But you’re not even sure you managed to do that.
Here’s what I think. I think you deserve a pass. Just for today, consider the impact you have by just being here.
Don’t believe me?
Ask your kids, your friends, your partner, what you do for them that makes them happy and what they love most about you. It won’t be your job promotion, your book hitting the best seller list or anything else you think you need to have in order to have a meaningful life.
My grandfather, for example, had one of the biggest influence on my life. Not because he worked three jobs on the plantation to support his family. In fact, on paper he didn’t do anything grand or momentous except for the fact that he loved his family and he loved me. He had a very simple, ordinary life.
Sometimes we get too hard on ourselves for not “making it in life.” We’re not all meant to be millionaires, best-selling authors, and spiritual gurus. What we are meant to do is to truly be who we are.
Just by the act of being authentic we free ourselves and others to be the loving, influential beings we are all meant to be.
For today, try learning to wear a garment of gratitude instead of hard cold armor. Try it and in doing so, watch as the meaning, and influence you’ve always wanted doesn’t just flow into your life effortlessly.