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Follow Your Bliss

“Follow your bliss.  If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.  When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.  If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell

I was recently reminded of Joseph Campbells words of wisdom and was stunned when I asked myself: I’m I following my bliss?  Not only am I unsure about whether I am following my bliss but I was shocked to realize I don’t even know what my bliss is!  It’s easy to get distracted with all I have to do.  My focus on responsibility and obligations can derail me from following my purpose.

After some writing and a lot of thought I was closer to an idea of what my bliss is.  I’ve had moments talking to people, clients, people in my social circles, or my students, where I get an opportunity to share my story, and share the GREAT LIFE philosophy.  I love talking about the complexity disguised by its simplicity.  I’m hopeful the philosophy will inspire others and from what I’ve heard, it has!  My GREAT LIFE, my story, has inspired others and it makes me feel so good.  It is my purpose in this life… it is my bliss.

My bliss is my GREAT LIFE.  When I focus of having a GREAT day I’m in my bliss.  When I LOVE, INSPIRE, FORGIVE, and ENJOY, I am in my bliss.  When I teach the GREAT LIFE philosophy and share my experience, strength and hope and create a space for others to believe in themselves I am in my bliss.  

These days, however, I’m waiting for the doors to open!  I launched this site not long ago and over the past couple of weeks started a marketing campaign.  After two weeks this site is still the best kept secret in new blogs!  It was expected.  I know my fantasy of creating an overnight success is not possible.  The greatest blogs out there (in this niche) take a couple years to build a respectable following.  I understand I’m in this for the long run.  I can’t help but have this burning desire to share what I know with everyone.  After all, this process helped me learn to love my LIFE and I hope to inspire others to do the same.

So how do I follow my bliss, while the creditors are following me?  It’s rough trying to follow your bliss when you’re struggling to make ends meet.  I’d love to offer my advice on how I do it, but I sacrifice more than anybody ever should, sometimes at the cost of my self-esteem and self-confidence.  It’s caused shame and I sometimes feel like a fraud.  Let me tell you this is no way to feel when you’re out promoting and marketing a business that helps build confidence, worth, and esteem!  But the moments of bliss are worth it.  The moments when I get to help a client realize their vision.  Or the moments when I’m able to walk through a difficult time with someone.

Following your bliss doesn’t always lead to a guest spot on Oprah with fame and fortune to follow.  Is fame or fortune the point?  Sometimes we have to let go of security for a life far better than we can imagine.  Tom Robbins (American Author) said “You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.”  There is no doubt, years ago I traded my cow.  What I got in return is truly magical.  What’s your bliss?  Do you have the courage to follow it?  I hope you have the courage to follow the path that brings you joy, happiness, and fulfillment.  I hope to meet you along your journey.

 

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GREAT Day leads to a GREAT LIFE

 “Every day should pass as if it were to be our last.” – Publilius Syrus

My Commitment to living a GREAT LIFE starts with living a GREAT day every day.  I thought I’d share with you the writing I did today as I follow the GREAT day framework.  This is the short version I do when getting present for the day.

Gratitude: I am grateful for my life. I’m so grateful for the willingness to take responsibility to getting the life I want. I’m grateful that I have an education and that I’m talented and gifted in the work that I do.  I’m grateful for the clients that I have and the hundreds of people that I’ve been blessed to help. I’m grateful for the willingness to be seen.

Recognize Negativity:  I struggle with the fear that I will not be able to make ends meet if I don’t pick up business.  The negative thought is, I’m a financial failure.  I know that the thought is not true.  It is true that financially I need to earn more, and I will.  My financial situation is temporary.  Financially, spiritually, physically, and emotionally I am taken care of.  For today, that thought will not stop me.  I am financially responsible and I’m willing and doing whatever it takes to build my practice.

Excitement: I am living a GREAT LIFE.  A year from now I will be stronger, healthier, and happier moving toward the vision of my LIFE.  In time I will build my client list or find a job because I’m more willing than I’ve ever been to take responsibility for my life.  I love the man I’m becoming.

Action: It’s late in the day, and I’ve done a lot so far.  I spoke to clients and friends and have been of service to people struggling.  Later I will write a blog to post in the morning.  I will go to a meeting and get connected to where I was and where I know my life is headed.  I will go to my Mastering Relationships class with Mastin Kipp (Coach & Founder of thedailylove.com).

Thanks:  I’m thankful for my clean meals and my workout.  I’m thankful for my air mattress that manages to hold most of its air as I sleep through the night. I’m thankful for the phone calls I had today. For friends like Greg and Olivia… I’m thankful for my beautiful office. I’m thankful for my meetings. I’m thankful that I wasn’t alone. I’m thankful for the courage to show up and be open to learning about love at the workshop with Mastin Kipp.  God I’m thankful for the abundance and love and GREAT LIFE you have waiting for me.