On my way back from a few days of solitude, I heard one of my favorite artists belting out lyrics about changing the world – and thought of you.
Do you feel called, deep down, that you’re meant to do more with your life…to make a difference in the world?
Do you feel called to be of service in a way that will change people’s lives and allow you to live your life on your terms without changing who you are?
We are living in a world where transition and making massive shifts is the new normal.
Millions of people around the globe are rethinking how they’re living their lives, examining what they have or haven’t created, and questioning what matters most to them.
The idea of having a greater impact sounds good yet, where do you start? And this piece can feel scary.
I love the quote from novelist Herman Melville, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Imitation equals limitation – and if you’re looking to be on your own path, then that’s not for you.
Whether you’re 7 or 77, you are one-of-a-kind superstar, created for a one-of-a-kind life.
When you were a baby, you learned how to eat, walk, and talk from the people who raised you.
In school, you learned how to act, feel, and speak in ways that would garner approval – and allow you to “fit in.” Because we are social creatures this desire to be “part of” instead of “apart from” is hard-wired. We quickly figure out what we need to do to belong.
People form groups and their own social norms if they don’t conform to the “typical” or average.
Most people have learned or been conditioned to stay below the radar and not make too many waves. It feels safer.
It may seem outrageous and brazen to see yourself as a having a unique set of gifts, abilities, talents and experiences and called to a bigger life.
And it may even feel terrifying to take action on that calling and do things in a manner that goes against how you were raised, conditioned, or taught.
The world seemingly rewards people who tow the line, not those who set out to new seas.
As with many traditions most people celebrate doing it the way it’s always been done, not blazing a new trail.
When I began speaking about Designing Your Destiny in 2006, even I thought it was crazy. However, I couldn’t ignore my truth: I couldn’t see any other way to my own happiness, success, and meaning.
To fulfill your Soul’s mission and do the work you’re called to do, means stepping fully, unapologetically 100% into you. It can feel challenging because it goes directly against your conditioning, and yet, you can sense to continue masking yourself is greater disservice than benefit.
The best leaders get this. Otherwise, they would still be followers.
They understand the only way you fail is by choosing, consciously or unconsciously, to not shine your unique light. Be willing to risk your brightness and be seen.
ACTION: The Upside Challenge of the week is notice where you are following a routine, habit, or traditional path that is not taken from a place of free choice or aligned with your authentic self.
What actions would demonstrate who you are through the use of your unique gifts and experiences?
Choose to practice being visible and true to yourself.
The world needs you and your brilliance.