Not all of my subscribers are in business for themselves, where they have to brainstorm about how to stand out in the marketplace so people can see them and "get" them, where they have to move way beyond their comfort zone in first meetings with strangers. Better get over that, because hiding out when you have an Entreprenurial Business is the make-or-break of the business itself! But all of us could take stock and get more connected to what makes us different and wonderful, so that we play in the field of our "mission and purpose" more, and start to live a bigger game, to really live out LOUD more and have some successes toward that end.
When I came up with Step Up and SHINE; Power and Purpose in Action as the title of my new book on helping Entreprenurial women get more on purpose for the creations they want to bring forth in their professional lives, it did something to me personally. I had to ask myself if I am stepping up in my own life, and if I dare to SHINE as bright as I can.
The article today is about going a little deeper and asking the questions that draw out your heart's desires more in your own life. Maybe it is because I am turning 60 in one more month (Yikes!) but the big questions that have taken up my inner life lately are not so much about value and self worth, but more about meaning...
I love all of the aspects of my identity, but I don't expect for my friends to think the same way I do. I define myself as being a dancer, teacher, democrat, Jew-Bu, and you know there are people who are not going to like that, but they can like me. Unfortunately, that is not so often the case.
For me, looking for meaning is the inquiry itself. I read, I think, I pray...and I have to believe that this all makes some difference. I know it does. Our ability to have a voice matters, and isn't it time to move that ante a little to a broader edge, to make a bigger statement, a splash? So that we have a point of view and take a stand for something we care about and believe in, so that what brings the most meaning to us can flourish?
Take some time this week to ask yourself the deeper questions of what you really care about, what matters most in your life. In particular, make three lists: What do I love to do? What am I good at? What is important to me?
So easily life gets away from us, but remember time is a commodity that does not replenish itself, and we can so easily lose ourselves in things that are not so important after all. In the spirit of turning 60, may you have the courage AND play to go deeply into this subject of meaning, and bring back a gift from the underworld, one that can nourish you and bring you joy!