A few questions to ponder…
1. Is there something you regret not trying in this lifetime?
2. What held you back in the past?
3. What is holding you back now?
So often I have conversations with loved ones, clients and myself about these exact questions. Some of the answers are…
▪ I loved to paint… but I wasn’t any good… and now I am too old.
▪ I wanted to be an actress…but I thought it was egotistical…and now it would be foolish to try.
▪ My dream was to be a singer…but I didn’t make high school swing choir…and there is no way I am up for rejection again!
What a shame to let fear of failure, rejection, or having others judge us as reasons not to express our gifts to the world.
A good friend of mine loves to sing and play the guitar. Rather than sitting at home thinking about how great it would be to perform in public, he went down to a local wine bar and asked the owner if he could play.
Guess what? People showed up, they had fun, and so did he. Through this one act of courage, other opportunities are now opening up for him to create joy for even more people…and himself.
What if Adele had never gathered up the courage to write songs, perform, and audition for record companies? What if she bought into her fears, doubt, and self-criticism and gave up? A lot of people would have been denied the experience she creates with her music to express their own emotions. Who hasn’t cried to her hit “Hello?” while driving in the car!!?? Okay, maybe not everyone 🙂
The point is, it doesn’t matter if it’s Adele, Mick Jagger, or The Yankee Cowboy (my friend I referenced above) who is on stage. The point is, each of them touches other people’s hearts and souls when they find the courage to tap into the parts of themselves that lights their own spirit up.
What inspire you? What have you been putting off? What can you do today to change that?
We think that finding our passion or purpose in life as being this big finale of “MY PURPOSE! MY PASSION! I finally found it!” (imagine fireworks going off and trumpets playing.)
What if our purpose was found instead by creating a ripple effect of good energy inward and outward to others each day by tapping into our own creativity and strengths? Now that is powerful.
You have unique gifts the world needs. Start spending them lavishly on the world today and watch what happens.
P.S. If you want to check out the Yankee Cowboy (he used to play for the NY Yankees…and likes to sing country songs thus the name), feel free to join his group on Facebook by clicking here.