Vulnerable Share: Reality Bites

I'm writing this on the terrace of the Ritz Carlton in Maui, overlooking the deep Pacific Ocean, local reggae tunes softly grooving in the background, frolicking, mating whales in the deep blue in front of me (seriously)...
 

BLISS.


It's MY bliss. It's what I aimed to create when I left corporate 18 months ago - a life doing what I love doing - helping people to achieve all they desire - while traveling and working from any point of the compass. I've created this lifestyle, and sometimes it's a lot to take in.
 

But this is not what this post is about.


I have been so grateful for all the words of encouragement from my friends and connections, and their words that I inspire them. I am truly grateful - but let me say, too, this has not come easily. I have created it but it comes at a cost.

Behind the freedom lifestyle, the high vibe public face, I still have challenges, just like you. A lifestyle like this, or any desire we have, comes with its own challenges.

Relationship issues? Loads!
Self-doubt? Uh-huh!
Fear of visibility and judgement? Yup!
Financial investment? You betcha!

Yes, I've never been happier, and I am living exactly as I designed in my head a few years ago, but it has come at a cost. What I have found though, by being so clear about what I want to achieve, is that I have greater resiliency, and I am able to get back on track when there are bumps in the road.

And there have been BIG bumps in the road.

My point is - well, there are several:

  • Clarity of purpose (what we are driven to do on this fine earth) and vision (how we want to live and work) is so freaking important. It is the glue that holds everything together when the wheels fall off. Knowing what you are aiming to achieve keeps the path clear of clutter.
  • You get what you focus on. My focusing on traveling the world and working to serve others the best way I know how is not just good marketing for those seeking inspiration, it creates more of the same. Focus on the good stuff; more good stuff comes your way.
  • If it's worth doing, it's worth not just doing well, but it's worth fighting for. It's about being clear on 'non-negotiables'. For me, I am non-negotiable about how I desire to live and work, so, even when the challenges come my way, I will find a way to make it happen. It means asserting boundaries where they have been very flexible in the past, and not served me well. It means being uncompromising about what I tolerate; and when the Universe sends its playful challenges our way (oh, and it does!), how we respond is more important than the outcome.
  • Creating what you desire is not a 'set and forget' setting. It's not something we achieve then sit back and enjoy the spoils (though there are sustained periods like that). It is about consistently working towards our goals - laser-focused and unwavering, being true to ourselves and our desires when so much will challenge our resolve.

Sound scary?

It can be, but it is also exhilarating to realise we have overcome those challenges and we're living exactly as we desire.

What do you want to create? What is your ideal lifestyle? Let's chat to figure it out together.