Ever had one of those weeks where you look back and wonder how so many great things managed to happen in just 7 short days? Did you stop to think about how that happened? Was it luck, fate or just the result of dammed hard work?
I think it's what happens when you're being true to you, or, as some people would say, 'in the zone'.
When you finally stop trying to be what you think society, family, partner, employer etc. expects you to be and just be YOU, it's amazing what starts happening. Your creativity rises up like bubbles in a glass of champagne and it becomes infectious.
So let's just stop and think for a moment. Here you are, pushing through life, working hard, gaining valuable skills and experience, being the good provider, caring partner, responsible parent, helpful sibling. I'm not saying ditch all this and go live in a teepee. But when do you get to be you? When you go on a bike ride or walk or go to the gym maybe? When you listen to opera or watch a play? When is it that you feel incredible, joyous, alive? Think about it and whatever and whenever it is, can you do more of it(As long as it's legal and not hurting anyone obviously!) Can you get paid for doing it?
I do. I get paid for helping women to build businesses and careers that bring them fulfilment. I've taken all the years of manufacturing, finance and training experience, ditched the stuff that didn't turn me on and now focus on the thing I love. Lots of people don't get it, think I'm some kind of 21st century suffragette, that's fine, I can't control what other people think, I can only be true to my own thoughts and feelings.
This year, my 50.........th, (you don't need to know!) I've finally listened to my heart and now I'm walking more, writing my book finally and doing some great work. I'm happier, my family is happier and my husband is wondering whether an alien has invaded my body as I've stopped nagging (well nearly!).
So, when I get a week where I've started working with a great new client, developed a new working partnership, filled all 20 places on 2 courses I'm running AND reconciled with my sister and brother who fell out with me 6 years ago over my Mum, then I know that listening to my heart has definitely put me on the right track.
Go on - follow your heart, it's only 18 inches from your head!