Inspiration is defined as The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration”.

Inspiration is what gets us excited and motivated to do something incredible or amazing. It’s that spark that gets us excited about something huge like a major career change; or sometimes something small like getting out of bed in the morning.

I’ve found that one way for me to get really inspired is to visualize daily exactly what it is that I want.

If I’m working out, I visualize how my body will look in three months and then six months.

For my business, I visualize the impact of helping larger numbers of people make the necessary changes to improve their lives.

So what is it that you need to get inspired? What causes you to make a change or take a big step in your life?

I’m asking because I totally believe if you become inspired about something it is infectious to those around you. It will have a major impact to your life and everyone you interact with.

Can you imagine a world where we are all living inspired lives based on following our purpose?

I can. I see it in all of us and I know it’s possible to change the world one inspired person at a time.

Who will you inspire today?

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What Now…

I’ve been having some interesting conversations with folks since I’ve become self employed. So many people have congratulated me on leaving my corporate career and taking a stand to create the life I want.

However, I’ve also noticed in the same breath many say, “I could never do that.”

I’m finding a lot of us don’t believe we can truly live a happy, fulfilled life. Ladies and gentleman, it is possible.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not pointing fingers. I lived in a den of miserableness (I know that’s not a word but I thought it sounded great) for quite some time.

So when do we take control of our lives to create the life we want?

We put so much trust in God and our job; but do we ever wonder if God has so much more for us to offer to the world.

We talk about our faith and then we go to our 9-5 that has now become a 9-8 and many of us are miserable.

Maybe God wants us to get up and do something?

How much misery should you handle? At some point we may realize that we are here for a purpose. Our goal is to then discover what that purpose is?

I’m now discovering that I am here to be joyful. My purpose is to help others navigate through these challenging times to discover and incorporate purpose in their lives.

So my question today is what do you need to be truly happy and what is it that’s holding you back?

And if you are living your purpose how did you discover it?

At some point your kids will be gone. You will retire from the job where you are so discontented. And then ask yourself…now what?

What will it take for you to begin your journey?

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Is fear stopping you from making major changes you know are needed in your life?

I had a good friend recently tell me she wanted to make a career change but she was “scared to death.” She said she could not move forward.

Fear is not an unusual thing, especially when you believe you are taking a step into the unknown.

Psychology Today says that “Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we couldn’t feel it; we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are in no way life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason.”

I’ve found that in my own life fear has caused me to hang back for no good reason. Many times I wasn’t even fully aware of what I was afraid of.

However, it kept me dead in my tracks for so long that after awhile I couldn’t take it. I had to change.

I began to take action. I learned that as I moved forward I alleviated many of my initial fears. I started to gain momentum.

You’ll find that as you move out of your comfort zone into new surroundings fear is a natural component.

A practical method that works well is to list the goal you want to accomplish. Below it list all of the worries and doubts you can imagine. After you’ve completed your list review it in detail.

Ask yourself different questions. Decide you can make it happen and make a detailed list of alternative possibilities.

Take that fear and turn it around. As you begin to move forward your trepidation will lessen. Action alleviates fear. Be sure to celebrate your accomplishments as you make the adjustments.

When will YOU take your first step to move through YOUR fear?

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My word for today is “TOLERENCE” – a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry…How will you include tolerence in your life today?

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The Final 4 steps to Jump Start Your Career Change

In my prior post I listed the first 3 of 7 steps to jump start your career change. In this post I list the final 4 of 7 steps.

4) Plan your Plan
Decide what it is specifically that you want to accomplish? What will it take for you to reach your goal? List the steps required. Realize the process may change as you begin to move through it; however it is important to have a guideline in place to follow.

Determine the timeline for each step. List the dates and check the steps off as they are accomplished.

The key here is to be flexible. There will probably be obstacles that come up but you should keep adjusting your plan as you move forward.

5) Build your Support Network
It is imperative to have a network of family, friends and colleagues who support what you are doing. Seek out people who are supportive of your career change and who can also help you when your fear gets the best of you.

Some tactics that I’ve found extremely helpful are hiring a career coach and forming an advisory committee of individuals you know who can provide legal, accounting or strategic guidance as you come upon roadblocks.

Of course you won’t use them for serious issues that you would normally pay someone for, however they can provide you with basic advice as it pertains to making a career change.

6) Take Massive Action
Now that your plan is in place it’s so important to take action in a “BIG” way. I’ve found for myself that it’s easy for me to plan what I’m going to do. The hard part is to then do it.

It’s basic human nature for us to stay where we are and not step out of our comfort zone. This is when you have to find the courage to make the jump to the next level. You have the action steps in front of you. Use this time to fully implement your plan.

7) Network, Network, Network
Your network is an important aspect to moving quickly. Make a list of every person you know. I’ve found it helpful to notify everyone on my list of my new career intentions. Also the importance of joining a few networking groups can never be understated.

So now that the steps are listed what are you going to do to jump start your career change? How will you implement your first step?

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The First 3 Steps to Jump Start Your Career Change

1 – Make Career Change a Priority
In order to change your career you must make career change a priority. The first step is to clear the deck. By clearing the deck, I mean that you must get rid of extra tasks and responsibilities that are getting in the way of you achieving what you want.

Many times we fill much of our day with trivial tasks that monopolize our time. Determine where you are losing time throughout your day. Maybe it’s watching television or shopping on the internet in the evening.

2 – Take Stock of Your Abilities and Desires
Make two lists. One that details your transferrable skills (i.e. leadership, communication, planning). The second list should identify your passion. What would you do for free if you could do anything you love? Allow yourself to dream a little.

Many times the things that we love to do are passions that take us back to our younger days, before we got caught up in making a living. Combine both lists to see where they intersect. This also gives you a sense of what you do well and what you enjoy.

3 – Bridge the Gap
After you’ve taken stock of your abilities and desires now is the time to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Get clear on what it is that you want to do. Spend some quiet time really paying attention to your thoughts and inner voice. Meditation helps you really get focused on your intention. Your inner voice will tell you what it is you really want to do.

Once you gain clarity the next step to bridging the gap may require taking some courses, getting a new degree or becoming certified in a new area. It is now preparation time as you are getting yourself ready for the next phase.

In my next post I’ll share the remaining 4 of the 7 Steps to Jump Start your Career Change.

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“Intention” a determination to act in a certain way; what one intends to do or bring about…
What do you intend to accomplish today?

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My word for today is “Sincerity”. The quality or condition of being sincere; genuineness, honesty, and freedom from duplicity…how will sincerity impact your day?

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My word for today is “Generosity.” Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. How will you be generous today?

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My word for today is “Gratitude”. A positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. What are you grateful for today?

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