Last week I read a wonderfully inspiring book – Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting To The Top by Karren Brady.
I chose it on impulse, partly because I admire what Karren has achieved, and partly because I used to live in the same village as her and would get excited whenever I saw the local celebrity driving up the high street!
Strong woman is a biography about Karren’s life, and shares the masses of achievements and wins she has celebrated mostly due to her dedication to hard work and her determination to succeed.
What came across strongly as I read Karren’s book was her core belief – “If I don’t do this for myself, who will?”
And that makes her a wonderful ambassador for living your spirit!
We all have dreams inside of us, but lots of us leave them burried as we tell ourselves we can’t. We allow our egos to make all kinds of excuses so that we don’t have to take the risk or face the fear, and this in turn leaves lots of us feeling lost, bored or unfulfilled – things I doubt Karren has ever felt.
Our spirits want us to live in love, even if that love means working towards a huge goal that frightens us, and that’s why our dreams never quite go away. We might push them aside, but our spirit knows it should be immersed in whatever brings us joy and therefore it nags at ego to address what’s not right, sometimes until it’s nothing more than a regretful voice and a wish that things had been different.
Our purpose in life, no matter how we choose to fulfil it as individuals, is to make the world a lighter, more loving place and we do that by making ourselves happy by following our bliss. A happy person is kinder, friendlier, more understanding and more generous. Happiness spills over and lifts more than just ourselves up. Following your bliss, whatever you have to do to achieve it, is not selfish, in fact it’s quite the opposite! Have you ever received genuine, excited support or cheer from a depressed person who is fed up with his lot?! I bet you have from the light and laughing person though!
We are not meant to accept an average life and are more than entitled to build a life that fits, but we quite often have to take a risk or two to achieve this or put more hours in than the average person does. And that’s where most people slip up. They stay small and restless because that pull they feel to set up in business, travel, relocate or shed two stone seems just too scary to plan, or requires too much effort when Corrie and a cuppa are more comforting than the gym.
What I’m trying to say is, if you want to be more in love with your life, be more like Karren and take advantage of the day. Don’t wait for perfect circumstances, and certainly don’t wait for somebody else to give you permission! Decide what your spirit is calling you to do, and work out how to make it happen because noone will do this for you. And yes, this will probably mean putting yourself out, doing the hard stuff, and knowing other people have it easier than you.
Want more happiness, more peace, more excitement, more laughter? Then stop listening to ego and start hearing what your spirit needs. Start doing more of what you desire, simply because that’s what you’re supposed to be doing. Maybe that’s taking up swimming twice a week or making new friends. Maybe you secretly crave going back to school or changing career, something which is going to take some major life changes and possibly crossing your fingers that it will all work out in the end. (It will.) Whatever it is, if it brings you more laughter, excitement, passion and connection with others, you need to be doing as much of it as possible, daily if you can.
What is your spirit calling you to do? Are you listening and taking action? Are you willing to listen but refusing to move? Are you convinced your circumstances are to blame for your lack of action? Cetain that you’re not able to be who you want to be because he/she stops me?
Let me know! I love hearing how you light yourself up and how you overcome your negative thinking! And let me know if you genuinely have challenges to beat too!
In the meantime, grab yourself a copy of Karren’s book whilst you’re taking action. It’s inspiring and encouraging and the perfect book for anyone needing that little extra push to just take a big breath and go for it 🙂
Love as always,