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Discovering Your Purpose Is Like Refining Gold

In this podcast, I talk about how discovering your purpose is like mining for, and refining gold, and how I have mind for, and refined my own purpose.

If you have any questions or comments, please comment below.

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Are You Living The Life You Love?

In this podcast, I ask, are you living the life you love?Do you know what your purpose is?

I share a little of my own life and how I am now living the life I love as I have discovered my purpose.

Are you confused about what you are meant to do?

Are you stuck in an unfulfilling job either because you don’t know what else to do, or you’re too afraid to take the steps necessary to change jobs?

Are you stuck in some other area of life, and are not sure what to do next?

Please comment and let me know, as I passionately want to help you find out what you’d love to do and gain the courage to do it!

Are You Compelled To Follow Your Dream?

Moving from Corporate to Business

In my last post, I asked if you had a dream, and mentioned that there were 10 questions that you could ask yourself to determine whether your dream is worth pursuing. This post will deal with one of those questions which is, the question of passion, i.e. does your dream compel you to follow it?

In his book, “Put Your Dream To The Test”, John Maxwell defines passion as:

”… an enthusiasm that not only gives you energy and focus in the present, but also gives you power to keep moving toward the future. It gives you fuel to pursue your dream.”

When I started my first business, after being made redundant, I thought that it was my passion. Everything was all shiny, new and exciting, and I had a great time. However, when things got tough, when I couldn’t find customers and didn’t meet my sales goals, I would get terribly discouraged and would stop working in my business.

One christmas, I got together with a colleague and arranged a product launch. Between us, we invited about 100 people to the launch, but only a handful turned up. I was so upset, that I didn’t do any work in my business for over a week, and considered quitting altogether!

After doing some soul searching last year, I came to the conclusion that, while I loved the products, and enjoyed sharing them with others, it really wasn’t enough to keep me going, particularly when times were tough. I also discovered that my main motivation for continuing with the business was so that people wouldn’t say to me “I told you you’d never succeed at that”. I still exclusively use the products, and am always recommending them to others, but it’s not my passion.

However, in my current business, when things don’t go the way I want, I may still get discouraged for a few hours. But, sometimes I don’t get discouraged at all, and I’m increasingly seeing these times as opportunities to learn, or change direction.

In my first business, i used to toss and turn at night, and try and figure out how I could get more sales. In my current business, I wake suddenly from a sound sleep, with a great idea for a new blog post, or a revelation about how I can better serve my customers. Sometimes I get so excited that I can’t get back to sleep!

It’s almost like my passion won’t let me give up! It’s what keeps me going through the tough times, towards the success of achieving my dream.

Are you passionate about your dream? Does it compel you to follow it? Please let me know in the comments section, or if you prefer, please contact me directly.

I will be running a mastermind on “Put Your Dream To the Test” at the end of August. Participants will have the chance to exchange thoughts and ideas, learn from each other’s experiences, and put their dreams to the test.

If you are interested in participating in this mastermind, or would like more information, please contact me. Places are limited, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis, so please act now to avoid disappointment.

Could You Be Living Someone Else’s Dream?

Moving from Corporate to Business

Are you doing what you’ve always wanted? Are you following in the footsteps of a relative and doing what they did? Are you doing a job that someone said you’d be good at? If the answer to either of the last 2 questions is “yes”, it’s possible you may be living someone else’s dream.

When I was in Year 10 of high school, I had a number of opportunities to do work experience. I can’t remember how, but one of those work experience opportunities was with a physiotherapist, and I loved every minute of it!

So, I structured my Years 11 and 12 subjects to qualify me for entry into Physiotherapy studies at university. None of the Australian physiotherapy schools would take me back then, due to my total blindness. So I enrolled in the North London School of Physiotherapy in the UK, a school specially designed to train blind physiotherapists.

It’s a long and complicated story, which I won’t go into here, but after 4 months at the school, I was advised to return to Australia and study something more academic. I remember sitting, broken hearted, in my Aunt’s lounge room in England, and asking her what I should do. I had been so focused on becoming a physiotherapist, that I had no other ideas about what to do with the rest of my life. My Aunt said: “You’ve got a good brain, why don’t you study law?” I didn’t know the first thing about lawyers, or what they did, but I returned to Australia and obtained a combined Commerce Law degree.

Fortunately, I enjoyed studying, and working in the legal profession. In fact, I worked as a Government lawyer for 17, mostly happy, years.

However, while I didn’t realise this at the time, this wasn’t my dream. Like many other people, I got up every day and went to work, and enjoyed what I did. But I always envied those people I would see on TV who were following their passion in some sort of business. They would say things like: “I work 18 hours a day, but I love it so much, it doesn’t feel like work”, “It’s what gets me up in the morning” and “At last, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do”. I would sigh and think to my self, I don’t feel like that about my work. It’s just a job.

It wasn’t until I took a redundancy and started my own business as a John C Maxwell trainer and coach, that I discovered my passion for self-development and coaching. It really does get me out of bed in the morning! My days just disappear, and I don’t know where the time has gone, as I’m having so much fun.

My dear Aunt has always wanted her family to have, what she would call, “good jobs”. So she guided me to be a lawyer, one of my cousins to be a doctor, and another cousin to be a teacher. I can’t speak for my cousins, who seem very happy in their professions. but I can speak for myself and say that being a lawyer wasn’t my dream, but my Aunts. Now I am following my dream, and I can certainly tell the difference!

Are you living your dream, or have you adopted someone else’s dream and made it fit? Please tell me in the comments section, or if you prefer, contact me directly.