I’ve got some counter culture advice for you. If you want to pursue your Passionate Purpose and create the life of your dreams, it’s time to STOP listening.
Whoa, Greg. That sounds crazy. Everyone I know talks about how important it is to listen. There are seminars, books, videos and courses you can take that will teach you how to be a great listener. Now you’re telling me to stop listening? Have you gone cuckoo for cocoa puffs?
I understand your skepticism (but I think you need to be a bit more politically correct to our friends with mental health special needs). Let me explain.
I’m not saying stop listening to everyone and everything. That WOULD be bozo. I’m saying you need some selective hearing (like when someone asks you to take out the trash compared to when someone calls you to dinner).
Be selective about who and what you listen to. It can support you, encourage you, and build you up, or it can demoralize you and tear you down.
Are you listening to the world or yourself? The world will demand you meet its needs. It will give you all kinds of reasons to do what it tells you. It will result in a never-ending game of When-Then.
The World says when you get enough money, know the right people, earn the right degree, have enough experience – Then you can try and launch your own business/product/service/website
The World says when you get that job, promotion, bonus, or new house – Then you will be happy, respected, and successful.
The World says when you create a real light saber – Then you will become the coolest dad in the universe. (Wait, don’t write that, Greg. Use your inside voice on that one.) Sorry.
When-Then always leaves us wanting more and much less happy than we thought we’d be.
The World will whisper that you’re not good enough, smart enough, or talented enough. Your job isn’t prestigious or important enough. You don’t do anything significant. You will fail if you try. You’re a fraud. Why would anyone want to work with you? Why would they buy from you? Who are you to write a book, or start a new business, or become a consultant?
The World will tell you, that you don’t really count and you never will.
Man, The World is kind of a jerk. Yup. So why do we listen to it?
Listen to yourself and follow your Passionate Purpose to be happier, more successful, more significant and a better person for all you love. You get to decide what’s important to you and your family. Don’t give that power to anyone else.
Why are you doing what you’re doing right now? Are you happy with that answer?
When passion and desire meet you have tremendous power. When you put everything into it – you have more enjoyment and success. Don’t murder your dreams by telling yourself you can’t do what you feel you were born to do.
Living an extraordinary life isn’t just for the special or elite. Everyone can do it, but not everyone will do it.
Decide what you want, why you want it, and start today with some baby steps to get there. It doesn’t have to be a huge leap, but you do have to begin.
Questions for comments: What baby steps can you take today to get started?