Originally posted 5/14/2012
Remember the first time you had that little nagging feeling that something was just not quite right? There was a voice perhaps saying that this isn’t what life is all about- that you needed something more?
I remember the first time for me was over 20 years ago- I was in the middle of down-sizing a division and after talking with the 15th person or so, I thought – “STOP – this is NOT what I want to be doing with my life!”
When I look back to that time, a part of me thinks “Why did it take you so long to make a change?” But now I realize if I had not done all of those things in the meantime, if I had not met all of those people who would help me to get to this place, I would not be able to do what I am doing today, with courage, joy , gratitude and conviction!
What do you do, then, if you know you want something more, but aren’t sure what to do or how to get started?
The journey to your next chapter is a combination of things both inside you and things from the outside. Whether you jump right in or just test the water with your toes doesn’t matter. What does matter is action! Take that first step, do just that first little thing and you will already be on your way.
Following are three ACTIONS for you to begin your new adventure to having a life that is ‘on purpose’ and that brings happiness to you and those around you:
1. Quiet Time
In order to begin to figure out what will make you happy and fulfilled, you need to really listen to that inner voice, even if you’re not sure yet what it sounds like. Start with even 10 minutes a day in total quiet: no phones, no music, no talking and see what thoughts come to mind. Start to really listen to your heart.
Get a private notebook or journal and start to write out your thoughts as they come to you. If you don’t have your journal with you, use your smartphone to jot down a few words… use anything just to start the process. Just write whatever thoughts come to mind with no judging or editing.
3. Look for the Clues
In a short while, you will see patterns emerge from your writing which are the important messages you need to pay attention to.
In just taking these three small steps, you will be amazed at the information inside of you that is just waiting to come out.
My future blogs will give you much more information to help and support you on your journey, so keep checking back!
Wishing you a joyful day,