This is a question I have found myself asking from time to time as I deepen my understanding of what it means to lead your life.
As I spent hours and hours crafting my recently published book I also went into my natural reflection mode and thought about what I was sharing. I realised that if I was going to encourage people to take ownership and become the leaders of their lives it was important to also understand why this was something worth doing. So what happens when you lead your life?
When you lead your life you immediately put yourself into what I call your Effortless Success Zone. When that happens you experience an abundance of personal wealth that shows up in a diverse variety of formats. In my experience there are a certain number of things that have happened frequently in my life when I have stepped up and chosen to be the leader in my day, my week, my month and my life. Here’s more about my favourite three! (in no particular order)
1. You Get Noticed For All The Right Reasons
When you choose to lead your life and act like the leader of your life you create an inner confidence that can’t help but be noticed. With that confidence your attitude and approach to life and your business are more positive, more rewarding and more fulfilling and it’s those feelings and the experiences that create them that increase your happiness.
They say “like attracts like”. Others who are moving into or in the same confident space will begin to notice more about what you are doing. People who ‘drive’ opportunities will notice you and come knocking on the door. If you are in a job you might find that you receive more positive feedback and unexpected praise for your work. If you are in business you may have more rewarding client experiences, be approached to create joint venture partnerships, even sign new clients or suddenly seem to sell more of your product.
Getting noticed for all the right reasons is getting noticed for being in ‘flow‘. When you are in flow everything just works, including the right people paying attention to what you are doing and letting you know they noticed.
2. High Value Opportunities Freely Flow Your Way
Opportunities are positive events, experiences, connections and outcomes that can create more flow, effortlessness, ease and joy in your life. We all experience opportunity on a daily basis but it’s knowing the value of the opportunity that is important. Being able to tell the difference between a high value opportunity that is worthy of you investing your time, money, emotion, expertise and more into is an essential skill. That might sound a little difficult but it’s not really.
When you are leading your life you are much more in tune with what is right for you and therefore able to intuitively and intellectually know what to take action on and what to let flow by. Leading your life shows you value yourself and self-value is a magnet for positive, rewarding, high-value opportunities.
3. A Deeper Sense Of Purpose And Meaning Is Present In Your Life
We all want to know, understand and express our purpose in life. Doing so with meaning makes the journey so much more rewarding and happiness abundant. I have to say I actually believe that if you are living in and on purpose then there is plenty of meaning in that. I recently connected with a guest on my radio show (the show goes live mid July 2013) and we chatted a little about purpose and how to find it. He reminded me of something very important that got me thinking about how so many of us wander around looking for our purpose. We somehow think that it is this big thing and that it is a challenge to find and express it.
You know what? It doesn’t have to be that hard at all. What I was reminded was that, as Joseph Campbell said if “your heart sings” then you are living your purpose every day and you have genuine meaning in your life. It doesn’t matter what you do. You could have a business, be in a job, be a stay at home mum parenting your kids, a student or a traveler. The what you do each day is irrelevant. If your heart sings then you are living in and on purpose at that moment in time, doing whatever it is you are doing, thinking, being and feeling.
When you lead your life you are making committed choices and taking committed action every day. What you do in your life is the result of the choices you make and the action you take. Being in control is leading. Leading is driving your life the way you want it to be. It’s that notion of being at the helm that means you are connected to a deeper sense of purpose and meaning is effortlessly present in your life. If for some reason you don’t feel that then do something to make a change. Recognise, with gratitude what you do have and then make a choice and take action to create a different experience.
Until next time I wish you a limitless life filled with succulent, effortless success
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Shannon Bush, the Creative Possibility Coach and best selling author or Personal Leadership Style: How To Lead Your Life With Effortless Happiness, Confidence And Purpose, connects women to deep self understanding and acceptance by uncovering their unique Personal Leadership Archetypes. When you know who you are you know your natural strengths and how to use them in your life, your career or your business to take back control, make confident choices, create valuable opportunities and live with greater ease. Dare to believe in you. Dare to be the leader of your life and watch succulent, effortless success flow your way. www.creativepossibility.com.au