This question is as old as the hills when it comes to self empowerment. I should know, I have heard it over and over again for the last 15 or so years and I always manage to hit a deaf mute state when faced with it. I recently signed up for the Noah St John - 21 Days Power Habits Challenge and this is the very first question asked on the very first day. Was I expecting something different when I signed up for this challenge? Did I not think they would ask the question? All that is a mentor out there tells us: The first thing we have to know is what we want and why otherwise we will never get it. Like Alice when she asks the cat for directions, he asks her where she wants to go to which she replies I don't know. His answer: Well then any road will get you there.
So why did I sign up for the course, did I believe I would find something new and different? Am I looking for others to fix my life? Do I believe my life is broken and more importantly why, with ALL that I have in my life am I still so unhappy?
Perhaps for the first time in my life I am actually convinced I really do know what it is that I want to do with and in my life.
I want to be a published author. Why? Because I believe it is written in my DNA. I am meant to write and more importantly I believe that one of the purposes of my life is to tell my story, help uplift the energy of the planet and bridge the gap between the way of life as we knew it to be and the way life is truly meant to be lived - opening up to all that is within us.
But to what end? Again the why question comes up and the reality is that I don't really know why. I just know that this is the direction I feel I have been strongly guided towards. When I am writing and working with clients helping them to uncover the magic that is within them I feel alive. I am really happy and in the magical flow of the universe. This is what all the sages tell us we must look out for to know that we are on the right path. When we are not in flow, we are unhappy, life is challenging and we are not in harmony with the way our life is meant to be. Instead we are focusing on the way others lives are unfolding and that is not us experiencing our lives first hand, that is us wearing hand me down clothes.
The second question asked on Day 1 is - Why is reaching my goal so important to me? What if the very reason achieving my goal is as simple as me just having the experience of being an author. The experience of guiding others to go within and uncover their own hero and manifest the life they are meant to be living. I ask if it is this simple purely because I lived the experience of going back to school in my mid thirties so I could relive my childhood on my terms. I had the experience of working in retail, being a waitress, a bar tender, an intern and on a much grander scale (by societal standards) that of being a geotechnical engineer. Those experiences are over and have left me with the remnants of wisdom to bring into my new experiences. To experience them from a place of calm, serenity and joy.
Could it really be that simple?