Why is living with joy and passion important for you and your business? Here it is, plain and simple. When people are happy and living a life they love, they are more successful.
When will you increase your Joy Factor and become wildly happy on a regular basis, enjoying increased success and truly loving the life you live? How about today?
Begin with these three simple tips that will connect you to your gut. You have heard the term listen to your gut? Here is another way to honor that statement.
1. Gain clarity on your passions.
2. Use them as a compass
3. Trust your direction
“When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent you are clear.” Janet Bray Attwood
When you are fuzzy about what you want, then you get fuzzy results. One of my guilty pleasures is watching So You Think You can Dance. During this past season, I was rooting for Brandon to win. He is a wonderful dancer and you could tell that he was hungry for the win. But not hungry enough! Jeanine, who was the eventual winner, had a stronger desire to win. She was clear that she was going to be America’s favorite dancer, and she was!
Are you clear or fuzzy about what you want to create in your life? Is it aligned with your passions, your deepest desire? You may be saying, “I am not even sure what my passions are!” This is where The Passion Test comes in. Keep reading for details on how you can take The Passion Test. Gain the clarity that will support you in living the life you love. Even if you just have a very basic idea of what it is, spend time pondering what it would look like in your life if you were living it.
One of my passions is to be the Goddess of Joy! I know that when I am taking care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, spending time in nature and smiling often, that I am living in alignment with that passion. I put focus there and get to be the Goddess of Joy every day! I got clear on this passion and it has manifested in my life in a much stronger way. Once you gain clarity on your passions, you can use them to support you in making decisions. How many times have you come across an opportunity to do or have something in your life, but you could not make a decision? Once you get clear on what your passions are, you’ll use them as a compass to support you in making decisions.
One of my colleagues who took The Passion Test training with me, got very clear that one of her passions was to make a positive impact in the world through speaking. She wasn’t quite sure how she was going to do it with a full time job, yet she was certain that this was what would bring her the most fulfillment. About a week after she claimed that passion, her boss came to her and offered her an early retirement. Can you guess what she did? She used her passion for speaking as a compass to guide her decision. She chose in favor of her passions, even though she was second guessing how she was going to pay the bills. She has now started to build a career as a speaker and Passion Test facilitator. It is a lot easier to choose when you are clear on what brings you fulfillment.
As a business owner, you come across decisions daily. What do you use as your compass? You can get a compass at a camping supply store, or you can find one in your heart. You choose.
Trust must be present once you have made your decision. If you are truly clear on your passions, lean into the universe and expect the best. Things will start to happen in the way that you desire, perhaps in a way that you are not expecting, but it will come to you. When we attempt to control things and try to force them to happen, that is when we can get into trouble. First off, it is never fun to try and make things happen. When Matt and I decided to get married, all that needed to happen was for him to ask me! I ruined two vacations because I thought he should be asking me to marry him at the Grand Canyon, and at the beach in California. I was controlling rather than trusting. But this was going to happen the way it needed to happen - I had to get out of the way. When I let go, I got a proposal that was 100 times more romantic than I ever could have imagined. Ask me about it sometime . . . :-)
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” - Golda Meir
Many of the people that inspire me in my life, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, Gandhi and Oprah, were all clear about their passions and chose in favor of them regularly. Now it is your turn to live a life filled with passion. Listen to your gut and in the words of Nike, Just do it!
I know I usually give a cool exercise here, but this time I am going to do some blatant promoting. If you are ready to get clear on your passions, buy The Passion Test book and take the test. If you are like me and enjoy doing these things with the support of other people, you have two exciting options. The first is to experience a one-on-one passion test with me in a private session. In just 2 hours, I will walk you through the process, so you can design your life around your passions. The second option is to take the test at one of my three-hour Passion Test workshops: Atlanta on September 29, 2009 and Ft. Lauderdale in January 2010. If you want me to come to your city, let's talk - I love to travel! Click here for more info on these offerings.
“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ~ Julia Childs