Great post Meisha! I had some epigenetics with my cereal this morning! Conor
Mastery in Business: Keeping the Faith in Your Business
Regardless of what kind of business or career you are in you may find yourself questioning if it is the right one for you. How do you know if you should keep the faith or pack-up and move on?
Regardless of what kind of business or career you are in you may find yourself questioning if it is the right one for you. You want to keep the faith, but those worries and fear that maybe this dream is not going to become real weigh heavy and may even start to overtake your drive. How do you know if you should keep the faith or pack-up and move on? If you are determined to make this work, how do you keep the faith and enthusiasm going?
Lets start with a question from Joseph Campbell…Are you following your bliss? Each and every one of us has special and unique talent(s). When we connect and incorporate those talents we operate from a point of pure bliss, enthusiasm, and deep fulfillment. Are you able to engage some of those talents into your work? When we are not utilizing our natural talents and gifts we typically will then need to work harder than normal to get the results we want, which ultimately leads to fatigue, stress and burn-out. If you are having a difficult time keeping the faith in your chosen field, spend some time reconnecting with your inner voice and what makes you happy.
If you are one of the lucky folks who is aware of their unique gifts and talents and have found what you are meant to bring to the world, it can still be scary going out there and pursuing your dreams. As a Life Coach, I frequently hear the question, “How do I know if I am on the right path?” Many times people will wonder if they are being naive and unrealistic following their dreams. According to spiritual, business, and philosophical masters, if your dream passes the following test, then you are on the right path.
1) Does this path have a heart? Does it feel right? Listen to the answer in your gut and heart, not from your analytical mind.
2) Does this path serve others? We were given our unique gifts and talents in order to share them with others. When we give freely of ourselves, with no attachment, but purely from our hearts, then everything else falls into place, naturally.
If you were able to say “yes” to both of those questions, then you are on the right path. However, even when you are on the right path, obstacles will appear. If we didn’t have obstacles we wouldn’t be challenged to grow and expand ourselves. Thus, obstacles should not be viewed as setbacks but as opportunities. When faced with obstacles or challenges, ask yourself what is needed. A key here is to understand that while it may appear your obstacles may be external events beyond your control, what you can control is your attitude and reaction to the event. Don’t play the victim blaming the market, economy or your mother-in-law for your situation. What is needed? What is it that you have control over?
“You will never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. …get above all of them.” Wallace D. Wattles, in The Science of Being Great
Still wondering if you are on the right path? As your path continues to change over time, keep asking yourself the two basic questions above. And, when you do so, look at the larger picture. Maybe you have lost that loving feeling. Ask yourself what was that feeling you lost. Can you change your view or perspective of your current situation and bring back in that feeling? Sometimes it is as simple as reconnecting to why you choose this profession in the first place. Maybe it was to serve others, but you have gotten so consumed with financial fears that you have lost that connection with your clients. It is amazing what a small shift in attitude and/or perspective can do for you.
Another way to reconnect and bring passion back into your work is to acknowledge all the things in your life you are grateful for. Did you know that the word gratitude came from the word gratis meaning freedom and that gratitude is the generation of freedom? So many times when we are feeling stuck it is when we only see the brick wall in front of us. Yet, if we would just turn our head and look at all the wonderful things we are surrounded with it is easier to get around that brick wall. More than likely, things are not as doom and gloom as you may feel they are. This, again, is the power behind changing your perspective. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “Change the way you look at things and what you look at changes.”
Lets look at it another way. If you choose to stay in that place of fear and worry all you are doing is creating a fantasy scenario about something that is imaginary. If you have a good imagination then you can probably conjure up all kinds of things to worry about. I think it was Jack London who said something to the effect of, “I have had hundred of horrible things happen to me, some of which were real.” I love this. Puts things in perspective. Humm, seems kind of silly to get caught up in make believe events.
The best way to tame that worrying mind is to bring it back to the present and ask yourself what you CAN do now to bring you closer to your dream. Granted, the worry of “How am I going to find money to pay the rent” is a valid thought. But, make it a productive thought and not a disabling thought. What are some things you can do NOW to find money to pay your rent? Then take action. You only have control of the present moment. In that present moment your thoughts should always return to your faith and commitment to your path, your dream. Believe that you will figure something out. Enthusiastically pay the price, in this moment, to move towards the fulfillment of your dream. Keeping the faith usually means reprogramming our negative self-talk and old programs with new, empowering ones.
“Prosperity comes from the Latin root which literally translates: “according to hope” or “to go forward hopefully.” Thus, it is not so much a condition in life as it is an attitude toward life.” Eric Butterworth author of Spiritual Economics
If you know your path is the right path, or at least you hope it is because it brings you bliss, and the path serves others, then be assured you are perfectly where you are meant to be.
The challenges and struggles you may be facing will make you stronger, help you grow and bring you closer to your destiny. There are so many examples out there of others in similar shoes, determined to continue down their path, while all the odds seemed to be against them. I think of Walt Disney, Sylvester Stallone, Thomas Edison, and countless others. They all believed in their vision.
If you can see your vision clearly, keep the faith and keep moving on. If you have lost your vision, lost your faith or lost your belief, see if it is just a matter of looking away from the brick wall. If you look away and still feel lost or don’t feel that you are on a path with a heart, one that serves others, then my friend, gather your courage and go in search for that right path.
About the Author:
For those seeking happiness, meaning, balance, and wealth, Certified Professional Life/Business Coach Meisha Rouser serves as a powerful life and business-coaching partner. Inspiring and guiding you to live life expressing your talents, passions and dreams, is her mission and commitment. After leaving the corporate high tech field, Meisha moved on to launch and grown three companies from concept to profitable sale. Thus, she understands the competing demands of creating and running a business while balancing matters of the heart. Clients describe her as compassionate, inquisitive, motivating and insightful. Whether working with you one-on-one or sharing her inspired teachings from one-to-many as a speaker, Meisha delights in serving as a trusted guide to lead clients to ask the right questions to discover and enjoy the inspired lives they seek. Learn more about Meisha’s coaching services and seminars at www.BeyondLeft.com.
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Comment on this article
Posted by Conor MacEvilly, Seattle, Washington |
Aug 11, 2010
Posted by Meisha Rouser, MS, CPCC, ACC, Seattle, Washington |
Aug 11, 2010
Thanks Conor. Hopefully it they were healthy and made you less vulnerable to contracting some negative memes.
Posted by Steve Kozy, Nashville, Tennessee |
Nov 08, 2010
Hi Meisha, Great article filled with wisdom all through it. I love this sentence:
"When we give freely of ourselves, with no attachment, but purely from our hearts, then everything else falls into place, naturally."
Look forward to your next post. Steve
Posted by Meisha Rouser, MS, CPCC, ACC, Seattle, Washington |
Nov 08, 2010
Thanks Steve. I appreciate the feedback and I am glad you got something out of the article.
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