Fire in the Belly . . .
“What’s the use in having a belly if there’s no fire in it. Wake up, find your passion and get to work helping other with your passion and purpose”
I still vividly remember May 25, 2011, when the final episode of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show aired, how she stood there in her beautiful pink dress with the ruffles cascading down the front. She said these words that have stuck with me since:
"Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself."
On that day, Oprah also implored her audience to embrace their “light and use your life to serve the world”.
We are always living – seems obvious right? But many people go through most of their life on autopilot. Sure, we all have hopes and dreams, we all have ideas and plans, yet few actually achieve them. Why is that? With every second that passes we lose time given to us to accomplish and experience a passionate and purposeful life. Not many people around the world can afford to sit in front of a computer and read articles like this compelling them to live life with purpose and passion. They have a clear purpose – survival. They are not dreaming of riches or retirement... they are hoping to survive another day.
This is not to make anyone feel guilty. To the contrary, we are extremely blessed to be living in a developed nation where opportunities are said to abound. But to whom much is given, much is required and expected. Despite the challenges many of us face on a daily basis, I believe with passion, purpose and determination, we can succeed and help others in the process.
I grew up during the civil right era, in a time when opportunities for people who looked like me were very limited in this country. Thank God for the changes being made and for the people who are committed to creating change for the betterment of all. As a child, I remember that many of my family members and neighbors just did what they could to get by, feed their families, and raise their kids during a time when they had very little to aspire to in the way of opportunity or financial success. Although limited in many ways, their minds and hearts were not limited. Many of us survived, some of us thrived, and more importantly most of us continue to reach back and help others. I’m sure many of you who are reading this do the same in terms of helping when you can.
As a very young child, I was taught and programmed to believe that whatever little success we achieved in our community, it was necessary, critical and expected of us to reach back and help others that may not have been as fortunate. This way of thinking was ingrained in me to the very core of my being and my life has evolved to the point of being able to help many people improve their lives with my work in personal development, transpersonal psychology, spirituality and business development. Over time, it has become my mission to help women create lives of passion and purpose while creating prosperity and profits for themselves and others. I believe women can do this and will do this so well that all people will be able to live in peace, joy, harmony, abundance, and love. We are starting a MOVEMENT that will create change in limitless ways. Will you help me visualize this?
Understand, I am not discounting men at all, and if you are a smart man who gets this, you are welcome to join us in our quest to change the world for the better.
Of course, it will take passion and purpose.
As a result of my upbringing I have always felt a responsibility to make the most of my life. Do you? What would a successful life look like to you? Try exploring your dreams beyond the typical riches and fame dreaming. (Those are great, but there’s so much more to be added)
John Maxwell says, “Success is knowing your purpose, growing to reach your maximum potential and sowing seeds that benefit others.”
Maya Angelou said, "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."
Ariana Huffington says. “While we tend to think of success along two metrics — money and power — we need to add a third...To live the lives we truly want and deserve, and not just the lives we settle for. We need a third measure of success besides money and power, that consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving."
And Steven Covey said, “If you carefully consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find YOUR definition of SUCCESS."
What does success mean to you?
Are you living life the way you dreamed of? What’s holding you back. Maybe it’s time to explore your passion and purpose. What inspires you? What would you do if you had all the money you wanted and all the time to do what you want?
The fact that you exist implies that there was a purpose behind your creation. No, it wasn’t an accident (no matter how you were conceived) and your success in life is determined, not by how much you make or spend, or what people may say. Success in this life is determined by whether you have fulfilled your purpose, and every second that goes by ought to be spent in the pursuit of that purpose. Yes, Oprah did say that, didn’t she?
In fact, I believe that succeeding in life is not so much about achieving, but being on the journey while also enjoying the journey towards what we were born to do… Challenge yourself to live a life of purpose. Seek out that purpose – only your Creator can reveal that – don’t let people put you in a box! Always Live your Life on Purpose!