We are all here to be ourselves, to bring to life whatever is in us we came with. It's about being authentic. Being ourselves. Breaking away from the herd. We did not come here to follow someone else's dream. We each have our own destiny. After we've learned how things work in the world and learned from those before us it's time to use everything we've learned to find our dream and do whatever it takes to bring it. As we mature there is restlessness in us. A dissatisfaction. A longing for something. That is the longing for being our true self. For living in a way that reflects the uniqueness we each have…all seven and one-half billion of us. None of us is alike.
How do we find that dream? We begin by noticing what makes us feel truly alive. Not a momentary high but something that makes us feel more our self that we have ever felt. That's the invitation to pursue whatever that is. It might be the destiny we are seeking or it might be the thing that leads us to it. When we follow that nudge from our deepest self, God, the Universe, however you know it, we are on our way to living from our heart.
I used to think this was just words until I began to do that. Now I know that excitement, that sense of aliveness is the nudge I need to keep on following my dream.
The clients I work with are all successful in their professions but they have each learned that success is not enough. They want to feel that they are the fullest expression of themselves possible. They are willing to do whatever it takes. If you go to a bookstore, a library, or use your tablet you will find thousands of stories of people dropping everything to change their life. Most of us love reading the stories. They are inspiring. But the whole purpose of reading those stories is to gain the insight and courage to do it ourselves. It's our turn to make our life be what we came into life to do or be. The tagline for my coaching business is: "Your Destiny Is Calling. What Are You Waiting For?" I issue that challenge to you. Do whatever it is that opens the door for your own unique, valuable and exciting destiny. You don't know how many people's lives you will change. You will be their inspiration! Go for it!
f you want inspiration look at Susan Boyle who met her destiny on Britain's Got Talent, the 47 year old, frumpy, overweight, unsophisticated woman from a small village in England. She was met with barely concealed ridicule from the panel. Until……until she began to sing. She astounded everyone. The whole audience stood for her whole song and clapped all the way through. The panel sat open mouthed. She changed her life by having the courage to go where she would be looked down upon in order to fulfill her destiny. She also changed the panel and the way they look at people. She changed how they judged people by looks and the way they spoke. Inside her she KNEW this was her destiny. She was here to sing and to change lives with her powerful, amazing voice. She went on to sing with Elaine Page her idol; CelIne Dion; Streisand, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston; Donny Osmond; Placido Domingo, etc. She was presented to the Queen and sang for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. By 2013 she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide. She is a huge supporter of British charities, she gives back. You cannot hear her sing and not be inspired. Her gift is enormous because you can hear her soul when she sings. She puts it all out there.
It all happened because she dared to put it all on the line and because she KNEW there was something inside her that needed to be out in the world. She followed the nudge from her soul that made her stand up before that panel and that audience
Sometimes we face ridicule from others. Until they realize who we really are. It's not about being popular, famous, admired or rich. It’s about being ourselves and delivering to the world our own unique gifts. It doesn't have to be particularly newsworthy like Susan Boyle. It can be something as simple as opening a bakery that welcomes everyone and makes them feel taken care of because of the wonderful goodies. It can be teaching what you know you are here to teach. It can be traveling the world to help disadvantaged people. Whatever it is, it's yours to do. And in the doing of it you will change lives, inspire people, give them courage and make them feel seen.
My best to all of you. Go find your destiny.
Dianne J. Shaver, M.A.