Stop Hiding and Start Being
I'm curious, how much life purpose work have you done? Yeah you know what I'm talking about, right? The inner work that you do to find out the real reason why you are experiencing this life.
Do you believe this philosophy? Do you truly believe that you have a higher purpose for your life?
For me, well I totally believe it, but I haven't been paying attention. Over the past three years I've really been focusing on writing and social media for my business and for my clients. Don't get me wrong, I totally love what I do, but I need to let you in on a little secret–I've been hiding.
Yep, I've been hiding from my true calling and sharing that gift with the world.
Kind of ironic don't you think? I mean my mission in my business is to help people just like you share your gifts with the world and all of this time, I haven't been listening to mine.
Hmmm, so now what?
Well, let's back up just a bit. Most of you probably know that I am a Certified Coach. Actually I have a social work degree, so my entire life I've been called to help. Around six years ago I decided to become a coach and build a successful business helping people live their best possible life.
I loved coaching. However, the truth is, I struggled. I mean majorly struggled.
I had a client here and a client there, but nothing consistent.
During this time, I participated in many types of programs focused on marketing and writing–which is how I learned the skills for my current business. Luckily while I was learning the tools I needed, I was still working in a full-time job.
However, about three years ago that completely changed. I was laid off from my job. At first I was so excited. I would be able to focus solely on my business and finally spend my life doing what I was meant to do! What more could I want?
Yeah it all sounded good and looked as though fate stepped in, but after about six months of waiting on the clients to roll in the door, fear took over. I became completely stuck in my head and kicked aside everything I learned about myself and my desire to become a successful coach. I became action oriented and driven to find a way to make money.
So I tossed aside the idea of coaching and even became angry at the whole industry. I changed directions and turned off that part of my life-I went into total hiding. Why?
Because I was scared, frustrated, and in panic mode.
As I was scanning the online job search sites, I found an ad on Craigslist looking for a writer. This peaked my interest, because even though I left my dream of coaching behind, I knew that I loved to write. I applied and accepted the position–and the rest you can say was history.
Sure at that time I was writing $5 articles, but I was bringing in consistent money and building up my confidence (which was majorly broken by the way).
Fast forward to today…
I'm still writing (not for $5 anymore, lol) and have added social media management to my business, but recently found myself asking the question, "Is this my purpose? Is this why I am on this Earth-to write?" Often when the question would pop into my head I would shove it aside so I didn't need to listen to the answer.
Well as I'm sure you probably know, repressing stuff really doesn't work, does it?
Sure enough, about a week or so ago I was working on an exercise to help me clarify my mission and vision. And wouldn't you know that the life purpose question popped up again. Something inside of me told me that I really needed to pay attention this time and do the work.
Actually it really didn't take that long. In fact it took me about 15 minutes to clarify my purpose and why I was here. The funny thing is for the past three years I wasn't able to envision my future business at all! I couldn't see where I wanted to be in five years or even a year. As soon as I clarified my purpose, I saw it all. Not only could I create my vision in my head, I could feel it with every piece of energy in my body.
At that point I knew there was no turning back–and honestly I had no desire to hide. I was ready to bring my purpose back to life.
So here I am sharing it with all of you–I'm out of hiding and ready to bring my vision to life. Of course I am still offering my done for you services, but what I've learned over the past several weeks is that my business is so much more.
The reason for this post today is to share with you my struggles in hoping that it can help you come out of hiding and share your gifts with the world. Are you ready to begin??