So many people I coach in New York City come to me feeling like they “fell” into their line of work and made it a success, but they don’t want to do it any more. The money they make is good (sometimes fantastic!) but their heart isn’t in their work. They come to the realization that their career choices were made at a much different juncture in their lives, based on a different set of material needs, a different emotional composition and different view of what mattered in the world. Pursuing their true passions seemed naive at the time.
Is this success? Materially, perhaps. Externally (based on what others think)? Probably. But what our hearts know is that true fulfilment, and nothing else, is the real measure of success.
When we work with joy, we are at one with the universe. We do so much more than create our greatest work when this happens; it’s how we become our happiest, our smartest and our most loving self. When all is said and done, this is all that matters — to love your work and be true to your life’s unique and individualized assignment.
Over time, people who pursue what they love often end up making a stash of cash, too, because abundance flows to connected, happy and energetic people. And we secretly know this — every one of us.
Here are five key signs that you are not your life’s work here on earth:
1. You constantly think about something else.
Are the books you read, the subjects you love to talk about and the topics you research aligned with your work? These things are all big signs about what interests and motivates you.
2. You have a niggling feeling that you’re wasting your time (which means you probably are).
Our soul knows when each new week, month, year rolls around that we are wasting ourselves by not activating the special gifts within us that wants to surface. It’s like a quiet, unsettling voice that won’t be silenced. It worsens over time.
3. You self-medicate.
When we neglect our inner compass, we find alternative sources to make us feel good and allow us to be disconnected from our source. This may be in the form of alcohol, overeating, drug use and overspending. These cheap forms of “borrowed happiness” give us momentary respite from a much larger issue. We masquerade our misery but it never lasts — hence a vicious, repetitive cycle that can be very self-destructive.
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4. You are tired and sluggish.
Low physical energy is a significant symptom of the uninspired. When we do what we love we access energy resources that we did not know we had. This is why many wealthy and successful people are highly prolific even into their very mature years. A couple of years ago, I was at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and Sylvia Earle, 79 (active marine biologist) was the most charismatic and passionate winner of the evening. So if you’re feeling tired frequently and waiting for the day to pass — its proof its time for change.
5. You aren’t amongst your tribe.
Look at the people around you at work. Are you collaborative and passionate about spending time with these people? Are your interests similar? When you have found your tribe, you know it. The line between work and play is positively, beautifully blurred.
You can change your life. The universe supports you when you take the necessary steps to fulfill your dream. I have seen it unfold in many cases when we apply time, dedication and action. This is your one shot on the planet!
My book, What If It Does Work Out? is released today, (July 13th 2016). In it, I talk you through how to identify your passion/s, turn them into a side business and make money doing something you truly love! Make sure you grab your copy on Amazon before July 17th 2016 and send a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org to qualify for my special insider’s bonus, a FREE workshop with me – valued at $97! In the hour long workshop you get:
– My top 5 hacks for pinpointing your passion and purpose.
– How to find time to start a side hustle, it’s there – I promise you!
– How to summon the confidence to get started – my favorite topic!
– The best business advice I’ve ever received which changed my business AND life.
– A live Q&A with me!
I hope to see you there and help you kick start making your dreams a reality!