Creating work that is the truest expression of who you are
“Sometimes, I wonder how you do it,” a friend said to me recently. Over the last 13 years, he has been witness to both the highs and lows I have experienced in bringing my inspired work to the world. “It’s easy,” I said, “I’m living a life true to myself.”
Before he and I met, what seems like another lifetime now, I was living a lie. It was the worst. Some days I wished I were dead. Many days I felt as though I already was. I had no real desire to speak of. I had no genuine enthusiasm. I had little energy. I felt kind of blah. Numb, really. I was just going through the motions of life, especially in my work.
“Is this all there is?” passed through my mind almost daily. “This can’t be. There must be ‘more’, but what is this ‘more’ I’m looking for?” Then one day, I decided I was going to find out. That decision sent me on a journey – a profound journey that changed everything.
At first, I blamed my misery on the type of work I was doing. This led me on an endless pursuit of trainings. With every new degree and diploma I earned, I hoped I had finally found the “more” I was looking for. But my interest in the field was always short-lived, and back to school I would go to get yet another designation. It took me a long time to realize that what I was looking for, I was never going to find out in the world. It was only when I started asking myself who I was and what I had to offer to the world that I started to receive the clarity I sought.
The reason why all of those jobs never satisfied me is because I had been seeking work based on a story of lack and my own “not enoughness”.
This was the “lie” I had been living. I had believed I was not worthy. That I had nothing of inherent value to offer the world.
Part of this came from my own wounded story, part of it came from societal conditioning about the way we perceive work. Either way, the result of living this lie was that I was disconnected from true self and, therefore, my source of life-force energy. It’s why I felt so uninspired.
When I finally began to realize that who I was and what I had to offer the world had enormous value was when I began creating my inspired work. This is the potential of living our inspired work.
Our inspired work is a pathway to reclaiming our own worthiness.
And every day, our work can be the opportunity for the expression of the truth of who we are. This is where meaning and fulfillment in our work comes from.
I don’t pretend that living one’s inspired work isn’t without its occasional challenges, but I welcome them with an open heart. Every time I am given the opportunity to release yet another lackful story within myself, it connects me even more with my truth and I have access to more energy, more joy, and more inspiration. What more could I ask for?
By the way, it turns out the “more” I had really been looking for was me.
In the webinar above, I talk about the VISION PROGRAM, which I created based on my own journey and now offer in support of others who want to discover, create, and live the work that is the truest expression of who they are. I invite you to watch it if you are ready to find your “more”.