5 Surprising Signs You’re Ready to Find Your Career Calling

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You stand at the edge.

Uncomfortable energy coiled in your belly.

You’ve arrived at the place where you know you’re not willing to settle.

Not willing to settle for work that used to be satisfying yet now feels spent.

Even though the money is good. Even though everyone else thinks you’re living the dream.

I’ve been on this edge myself. Holding on by fingernails until my health and the Universe pushed me out of a career comfort zone.

And I’ve landed with certainty in my own calling.

From my own leaps, plus 28-years guiding professionals to make their leap from career to calling, here are five sure signs that you’re ripe to find your calling: [Read more…]

After the Leap and Before the Landing: Your Time Between-Dreams

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Have you been there…

suspended in a kind of limbo somewhere between a major ending and your next beginning?

I certainly have. Several uncomfortable journeys there in fact.

It’s maddening.

Endings are hard enough. By the time you come out the other end, you’re tired and feeling more than a little beat-up.

You’re ready for relief. Ready for something better. And honestly, ready for some certainty.

But instead, you often find an uncomfortable pause. A between-place that can extend much longer than the practical-brain can stand.

It’s not what you were expecting. And you wonder what you might be doing wrong.

Recently I met Ellen

and her story reminded me powerfully about this normal but daunting territory…

Ellen doesn’t dabble.

She dove into law. She did the mountain of schoolwork, passed the bar, and invested all of her effort and talent. Then she entered misery.

Never a wimp, she gave the profession 10 unhappy years of her life (not counting her years of education.) And, like many doomed relationships, she desperately tried to make it work. She changed positions and explored several different legal roles: Public Defender, Prosecutor, and more…

And found misery in every one.

Ellen’s battle to make her profession work took it’s toll. The stress and misery wore at her pride, ate at her self confidence and, eventually, impacted her health.

Finally, with the gut-deep feeling of standing on a cliff edge, she leapt – quitting, and leaving law for good.

More than a Career Change

It took real courage. It took some good therapy. But when she left Ellen knew it was the only way to get her life back. Beyond leaving law, Ellen was leaving behind her way of choosing. [Read more…]

LifeWork Renewal 101: Ten Truths for the Journey to Your Brilliant NEXT

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You’re on a Journey of Renewal

You may have your own title for this – less grand and optimistic sounding.
Maybe your way of talking about it sums up the challenge of your current situation:

  • “I hate my job.”
  • “I’m in transition.”
  • “I’m exhausted but need to keep going.”
  • “I lost my job, my marriage, my spark, my dream…”
  • “I know I don’t want this anymore, but I don’t know what I DO want.”
  • “I’m figuring out what’s next.”
Or perhaps you speak for the part of you that’s already committed to finding a new way. Something like:
  • “I’m ready. Ready for something more.”

However you express it, know that the loss of your old dream is neither a mistake you made, nor a problem with some logical solution that you’ve somehow missed. Most simply – you’ve outgrown it.

And now Life is calling you to discover new brilliance.

Change – Where the Journey Begins

Change happens.

Your change may be external: your job went away, a relationship ended, your nest is suddenly empty, a loved one died, the housing market collapsed…

Or perhaps your change is more internal:

  • A career path that used to be comfortable has begun to feel too small.
  • Important parts of your life that were satisfying have lost meaning.
  • Work that used to energize now drains you.
  • A goal you achieved and enjoyed  is starting to feel like a jail.

Whether something INSIDE has changed and old roles no longer fit, or an OUTSIDE change has mugged your old life, here you are.

Welcome to transition. The journey has begun.

(And, as you’ll discover here at Brilliant NEXT,  you’re in very good travel company.) [Read more…]

The 3 Purpose Blocks: Claiming Your Purpose More Boldly (Part II)

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How might the very things that get in the way help you claim your purpose more boldly?

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We enjoyed our interview last month with Chris Kyle so much that we invited him back for a Part II!

Chis is a thought leader, teacher, and founder/CEO of the Ascendant Company, an eLearning consulting firm that helps authors, teachers and organizations build online learning programs and highly-engaged global learning communities that unite and inspire people across cultures.

Chris has guided the online launches of notable best-selling authors and teachers including Neale Donald Walsch, Jean Houston, Arielle Ford, among others.

Chris also develops and teaches his own public online learning programs in the areas of purpose, the ‘new success’ and authentic leadership. He created and hosted the The Power of Purpose Summit, which drew over 10,000 participants from 85 countries; and is the creator and teacher of the Man On Purpose 7-week online course with participants from 20 countries.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

Know that the idea of some purpose flowing through you out into the world is actually not really about you. The flow of purpose is something that wants to emerge and come out of you.

Your purpose is there, it has always been there. This idea of you giving your gifts fully to the world – just trust that. Keep bringing more awareness to the things that stop you in the full shining of your purpose.

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Listful Thinking

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Does your passion lead to action or do you wind up making lists of lists? If you could use lists to be more productive, highly successful and less stressed, would you?

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Today’s inspiring On Purpose interview is with Broadcast journalist Paula Rizzo, the author of Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed is the senior health producer for Fox News Channel in New York City and founder of ListProducer.com.

An Emmy Award winner, she attributes much of her success to her compulsive list making. The author of the ebook 10 Lists Every Mom Needs, she lives and works in New York City.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

Go with the Flow
I’m so not the go with the flow type person. At the times that I gave up on being so rigid and I just went with the flow wonderful things happened and things that I couldn’t have expected.

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The 3 Purpose Blocks

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What gets in the way of finding clarity about our purpose? What are the blocks and how can we claim our purpose despite, or even by way of, these obstacles?

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This energized On Purpose interview is with Chris Kyle a thought-leader in the area of Purpose, and founder/CEO of the Ascendant Company, an eLearning consulting firm that helps authors, teachers and organizations build online learning programs and highly-engaged global learning communities that unite and inspire people across cultures.

Chris has guided the online launches of notable best-selling authors and teachers including Neale Donald Walsch, Jean Houston, Arielle Ford, among others.

Chris also develops and teaches his own public online learning programs in the areas of purpose, the ‘new success’ and authentic leadership. He created and hosted the The Power of Purpose Summit, which drew over 10,000 participants from 85 countries; and is the creator and teacher of the Man On Purpose 7-week online course with participants from 20 countries.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

My purpose is actually energy – born out of me, aligned with who I am that feels authentic, and then given out as service into the world.”

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Are Your Waiting to Emerge?

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Do you feel as though there’s a purpose filled with passion ready to emerge in your life?  If you knew the steps to take to enter fully into your heartfelt purpose, would you?

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This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Derek Rydall, author of EMERGENCE: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change and the world’s #1 expert on the revolutionary Law of Emergence.

He has trained top executives at Fortune 500 companies, coached celebrities and media professionals on creating conscious entertainment, and has touched hundreds of thousands around the planet with his message on finding your path, living your purpose, and making a powerful impact!

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

“You already have everything you could ever need to be all you were created to be. Take a stand for that today – and ask, if that’s true how will I show up in the world today?”

One Small Step: 

I’ve Already Got It

Shift the paradigm and begin to acknowledge and accept that everything you deeply want you’ve already got. This is the starting point: I have. I am. I can. I am able. It is already here. It’s already now, It’s already happening.

When you find yourself stepping outside of that alignment you just catch yourself and you bring it back – I’ve already got it. I already am it. It’s already happening.

To practice this, ask an emergence question:

  • If it’s true that I already am, that I already have, that it’s already happening, that I’m enough, then how would I show up?

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The Art of Sitting on Purpose

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Could rebuilding the harmonious relationship we once had with the earth, with the Natural World, be the key to living our purpose and expressing our true gifts?

 

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This inspiring On Purpose interview is with Lynn Trotta, who with her husband, Michael Trotta, founded Sagefire Institute ten years ago to help people to live more deeply connected to their authentic self, the earth, and others. Sagefire’s personal development and Nature-Based Coach Training programs are layered with cultural wisdom, primitive living skills, and modern day life-coaching techniques.

In this interview Lynn shares a powerful, and ancient, practice that’s many have reported helps them feel more deeply connected to the natural world, find an increased capacity for joy, and become more intuitive and trusting of their inner voice.

You can hear the full interview replay or download the mp3 file using the audio player at the top of this post. You can also listen to this interview, as well as past and future interviews, by subscribing to our free iTunes podcast => HERE.  (Resource links for this episode are near the bottom of the post.)

Gem of Wisdom: 

You are Absolutely Perfect
If you are confused and really trying hard to figure something out. That’s not you. The perfection is you. All you have to do it to sit long enough in quiet and all of the chatter will disappear and you will once again see your own perfection.

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