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Answer the call

Books come into our lives at exactly the right moment.

I’m reading Steven Pressfield’s newest book, The Artist’s Journey, and I urge you to do the same. It’s jam-packed and a quick read, both. It’s clear, straight-forward, and full of wisdom.

It’s a call to action.

It’s calling me to action, to inhabit my life differently, meaning–to fully stand in what I believe and let that be the whole thing. 

I’m at the tail-end of a sales class and even though the teacher is great and the content is clear, I’ve lost interest. My mind is telling me I should keep going. My body is saying No.

I don’t want to follow a formula. I don’t want to follow a script.

I don’t want to get better at sales. There is nothing wrong with being good at sales! It’s just not what I want.

What I want is to discover who I am through doing the creative work I am here to do.

I want to move from the great unknown into the great unknown by inhabiting the world of the great unknown (also known as the world of possibilities) by creating.

Creating.

Maybe I’m not meant to be a coach because I’m not pulled toward building my coaching business. I’m pulled toward being more fully IN the creative journey.

I’m pulled toward being with people, toward making things, not being alone in my office trying to get clients.

I want to paint. And write, and be funny with others, and play and read and see art and watch movies. I want to be outside and travel and have adventures and talk about the soul and spend my time with passionate people out in the world doing what they can to make it a better, safer, healthier, more just place.

I want to spend my time living the top 11 things I learned from my year of taking selfies:

  1. Inspiration comes from taking action, not before.
  2. You don’t have to be in the mood to do it.
  3. A bad picture is just a bad picture.
  4. That the more you look, the more you see.
  5. Not knowing is no big deal.
  6. Getting outside can be a game changer.
  7. The soul speaks in metaphor.
  8. Creative expression heals, empowers, and expands.
  9. Product is not the point.
  10. The more of me I have, the less anyone or anything can throw me.
  11. You can’t hide when you let go of focusing on the HOW and instead, begin, start, explore, play, experiment: do the thing.

What I have for you today is the same message I have for myself: Have the courage to do what you really want to do. 

Trust in your higher self, your deepest self, your wildest self, the calling in you that is beyond words and realism, beyond experience and qualifications, beyond what the world of conventionality and expectations tells you is possible.

Trust in the unseen world, the world that is asking to be brought into form. It’s there. It’s real. And it’s calling to you.

Answer the call.

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