You have goals. You have dreams. You’ve got places to go, people to see, things to do! We live in a world that is always striving. Striving for more, striving for better. Our culture supports this drive to achieve, with it’s linear measures of success: dollars, sales numbers, pounds, followers, likes, sizes, points. The way it’s always been done, and what we’ve always been told is to work hard. To push on through. Burn the midnight oil. Give it your all. Pay your dues. Climb the ladder.
This focused energy, this determination, this structure is is like the sun. It’s hot. It’s invigorating, until it burns us out. It shines brightly, until it blinds us. The right amount nourishes us. Too much of it depletes us.
Consider the moon. It’s glow is softer, but luminous. Gentler on our bodies, calming to our minds. The presence of the moon offers nature a chance to rest and replenish. There’s an introspective quality to her.
The outward striving must be accompanied by an inner thriving. If the journey to our goals leaves us exhausted, frustrated, or uninspired, it’s time to take another look at our goals–or more importantly, WHY we want to achieve that goal to begin with.
I call this #MyBigWhy (you can follow my hashtags on Instagram by following me here). Every goal you set should have a very clear WHY attached to it, and that will be your inner fuel on your journey. After that you must become a master at noticing and celebrating the evidence of your success along the way to your ultimate goal. I consider it being a witness (I should create a new hashtag for that! lightbulb moment!). To be a witness is to be present so you can perceive or behold something, something that can be considered evidence. As your plugging away down the track, make sure you’re stopping to see the vistas, to taste the salty splash of the waves, to smell the gardenias in bloom, to run your fingers through the lush grass. WHY are you doing what you’re doing–and what pleasure does the path to your destination bring you?
One of #MyBigWhy s is to be an example to my daughters. Through watching me, I want them to believe that they can create a life that inspires them. I want them to witness a mother who makes conscious choices in alignment with what lights her up.
I recently set up a tent at a local festival to share my work with people in my community. My oldest daughter helped me design the space, adding layers of elements to create a cozy little haven under our 10×10 tent. She wanted to be my business partner for the day, even planning our coordinating outfits (white t-shirts, jean shorts, converse sneakers, and mala necklaces). She stood with me, in body and spirit, the entire day. I sold only one essential oil blend, and I handed out maybe half a dozen postcards about Life Coaching & Feng Shui. A few people stopped to talk for a few minutes. In the striving, driving, linear world of measuring success, I could feel a bit disappointed by the results of our efforts. But I was a witness to something much deeper and more rewarding.
I’m living it. My Inspired Life is my success. I still set goals that follow the sunny, linear model, but I always make sure I’m connected to that moon energy that softly reminds me that I’ve got to love the journey to my goals.
And here’s a picture of me–so you can see the coordinating outfits ;)…