(as long as I had a plan to do it right).
I have conversations with friends and collegues everyday who are frustrated with being stuck and simply not knowing how to be able to make a living doing what they love.
Many of us spend our lives endlessly searching for the quick fix to fill us. I know I spent years, focusing on making money because that's what I thought, and was told, was the important thing to focus on. Yes, the great green does provide us with the "comfort" of having "things" around us, it doesn't really quench our thirst for fullfillment to do what WE love.
I know I have been given blessing to search and seek what I love. For me, it took a huge life changing moment to stop me to acknowledge what I had known deep in my heart, that I was chasing the wrong thing for the wrong reason.
So I set forth to follow my calling, and part of my work is to share this with others, and help others "discover their calling" then, drop by drop our little pool grows into a great ocean of fulfillment.
We spend our lives seeking to feed 3 hungers:
1) To connect w/ the creative spirit of life: At some point we become aware of the creative energy all around us.
2) To know and express your gifts: Everyone contains some unique talent(s) some discovered some yet to be discovered- for the undiscovered many seek fulfillment in countless ways,
the fastest cars, the biggest house, affairs, addictions, distractions from the day to day constantly searching for "IT". Many spend their lifetimes looking for the thing that will provided the fulfillment they seek.
3)To know our lives matter: Each of us wants to know that we will leave behind a reminder of their existence, a impression that we have left for others to see and experience after we have left.
Fulfillment is achieved by feeding all 3 of these hungers- we can make alot of money, have fame, but success w/out fulfillment means you are not feeding all 3 hungers!
First start with yourself- not the external demands put upon you or the situation.
Then, discover what makes you unique? Where do you find your joy and passion? When you connect with your passion your chances of success are HUGE.
Finally find peace / solitude- The greatest gift you can give yourself is a quiet space, maybe it is a favorite hiking path, a favorite rock to stare out on the city, ocean or open space. maybe a sunny corner of your favorite room. If this solitude place is someplace that takes time to get to, then create a space where you can find a similar peace of mind.
A client of mine, used posters, colors, and a ipod to replicate the beach in her urban space. This quiet place will help you deal with the starting w/ yourself, uniqueness, discovering where you find joy and connecting. Your imagination is a powerful, and FREE tool you can use anytime everyday!
WHATS YOUR ANSWER?
What is your ideal of "living the good life"? In today's society we are consumers, we focus on "things" the kind of car we drive, the designer clothing we wear, the cool new gadget everyone has, the neighborhood we live in. Distill things to these elements:
Living in a place that you feel you belong, with people your love and in relationships that work (including the relationship with yourself). Having the right work. When you focus on something you believe in with your heart & soul in a environment that represents who your are, and doing the tasks w/ purpose you have suddenly found the meaning for yourself, rather than trying to be something to everyone else.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tamra Engle is a performing songwriter and business strategist who offers business solutions for creative minds to help them succeed in the evolving music and entertainment industries. As a performing singer-songwriter she has worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles; toured the U.S. and enjoyed the placement of her songs on television and nationally aired commercials. Her recent album was on the final round ballot for the 2008 Grammy's in the Best Contemporary Folk Album category.
- Helping others achieve success doing what they love.
- Insuring music education remains accessible to school age children.
- Ending Violence against Women & Children.
- Reef Preservation/Restoration
- Deep Sea Diving
Richard Leider- The Power of Purpose
as recommended by Robert Temple