By Eric Faria
Most of us have heard or read stories about individuals who fought to realize their dreams of waking up in the morning and doing what they love. When we find a purpose, a goal in life, everything seems to make more sense. Energy flows and the doors that were previously closed open up to welcome us! It is as if the universe and we are finally speaking the same language. All that positive energy conspires to move us forward.
To be connected with who you are, your essence and what you really want is a very important step in building the life you have always wanted.
Pay attention to the signals that life gives you. It could show up as a layoff, the end of a marriage or romantic relationship, a discussion at home or with a friend, the feeling of loneliness and misunderstanding… All these examples are enough to cause chest tightness and the urge to cry, triggering a red light: it indicates that something has to give!
Changes do not come by happenstance. It is necessary that you know yourself better and know where you want to go. You need to make better choices to arrive at your goal. It takes courage, focus, attitude, discipline and confidence in yourself to do so. Unearth from your heart the desire to win, visualize your dreams and let this be your greatest motivation!
I invite you, once again, to do some exercises that at first may seem very simple. Life can be so rushed that we forget who we are, what we want and what our values and beliefs are, that we end up burying our dreams and suffering as a consequence.
From personal experience, I guarantee that if you answer these questions in your Inspiration Notebook (hopefully, you already have one as I do), this will be a great step towards your personal emancipation.
Trust your heart and let’s begin:
1 – Who are you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
2 – If you had just won the lottery and never had to work again, what would you do for the next two years of your life?
3 – If you just found out you have an incurable illness and only two years to live, what would you do during your final years?
4 – What makes you happy? What excites you?
5 – What are the three changes you want to make in your life by the end of 2015?
I will leave you with a challenge between now and the next column: what can you do for the next few weeks that will bring you closer to the person you want to become?
I, for one, want to gain muscle definition and lose the extra fat I have around my stomach. By achieving these goals, I will have more energy, sleep better, have higher self-esteem and eat less during meals while diminishing the interval between them. In order to achieve this, I am starting a new daily exercise routine, in addition to walking four times a week, as well as eliminating fried food and cutting sugar in half from my diet.
What will you take on?
Think about it: if it were easy everyone would do it. Make it happen!
Eric Faria is a Career and Life Coach, focused on emotional intelligence. He has participated in self-development trainings since 2005, using these tools in his professional coaching. He graduated from an ICF (International Coach Federation) program in January 2014. Eric lives in Connecticut, and in addition to working with private clients, he gives lectures and records motivational videos. For more information, or to contact him, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org