Between a bad cold and a sprained ankle (took a tumble while hiking), I've had plenty of free time to catch up on my reading. I'm currently devouring Danielle LaPorte's Fire Starter Sessions, and this quote is resonating hard-core:
As people with the creative spirit, we're obsessed with possibility. We live for the rush of turning a thought - an abstract idea - into something real, tangible, touchable, readable, effectual, profitable. We feel empowered, generous even, in the making of our art. We have a practical indignation for mediocrity. We love to get things done.
What am I passionate about? Coaching people, teams, and organizations to set and achieve powerful goals...goals that create new possibilities for happiness and health that wouldn't otherwise exist. This is my art. This is when I feel most empowered, most generous. This is the rush I live for.
The question I've been asking myself is this. How can I do more of what I'm passionate about? I am so so so blessed to work for a company in which goal-coaching is an intrinsic part of success and possibility is woven into the fabric of our everyday culture. It's so easy though, to become bogged down in the daily to-do's and forget the magic that happens when I show up, really show up as my authentic self.
I need to remember that goal-coaching can happen anywhere, in any context, in any conversation. In fact, some of the best goal-coaching conversations I've had have taken place in the most unexpected settings and scenarios. I don't need to block out a special place and time in my schedule. (This is the reoccurring "obstacle" in my mind, where goal-coaching looks like an uninterrupted hour of wise words and lattes, sipped while contemplating the colors of the sunset.)
The reality is far less glamourous, yet ultimately liberating. The only special requirements are a listening ear and a burning curiosity for that sweet spot where possibility and choice intersect. And if this happens on a splintered bench on my lunch break or in the car against the background noise of traffic, so be it. All the better.
I'm recommitting to my passion. To dreaming big and playing bigger. I'm recommitting to showing up as this person every second of every day. If I have to let go of other things to create a space for this to happen, then I'll consider my load lighter and move on.
What are you reading, learning, and yearning for this week? How are you honoring your passions?
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