Do You Follow Your Bliss in Your Work Life?

Do You Follow Your Bliss in Your Work Life?

Follow your bliss“Follow your bliss.”  How many times have we all heard this famous phrase coined by the American mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell?  These three simple words can invoke visions of living an ideal life of simplicity, abundance, peace, prosperity, or whatever that may be for each of us.  I’m not sure there is a human being alive who doesn’t aspire to following their bliss in one way or another.  All too often, however, such aspirations get buried in the complexities and challenges of day to day life. Dr. Myles Monroe once wrote,

“The WEALTHIEST and RICHEST places on this earth lie in the graveyards and cemeteries all across this globe. There lie companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.”

How many throughout history have reached
the end of their earthly life . . .

. . . having had dreams in their youth that were never realized, potential that was never reached, ideas in their minds that never came to fruition, all because they got caught up in life itself and never learned how to follow those dreams and fully reach their individual potential, never having realized that the one true goal in life is to follow one’s bliss.  Each of us was put on this earth (or came here by choice, depending on your own personal philosophy or beliefs) with a purpose, but how many of us take time and remain quiet enough to listen to that still small voice deep inside us that is constantly trying to convey to us the directions we should take in order to discover that purpose?  Admittedly, with the hectic demands of modern day life, that’s all too often not easy to do, but it is possible and absolutely necessary if we are to find true happiness, satisfaction and success in life.

Do you find satisfaction in your work . . .

. . . or are you simply living paycheck to paycheck hoping that one day something better will come along?  Have you created a vision for your future while at the same time finding a sense of gratitude in your current life situation?  Eckhart Tolle talks in depth about this in his teachings and in his classic book The Power of  Now as well as in A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

Where does one begin?

There is an abundance of helpful tools available from many sources.  Chris and Janet Bray Attwood offer an absolutely wonderful tool, The Passion Test, that has helped many individuals find and their true passion.  I have taken the test myself and found it of such value that I have set a personal goal of becoming a certified Passion Test facilitator and Master Teacher.

Jack Canfield, in his master classes, suggests starting out by making a hand-written list of one hundred personal goals or things you would like to do or see in your life.  Obviously it doesn’t have to be done all in one sitting, but it can be not only a fun exercise in dreaming and creating realistic visions for your life, but it can also spark new ideas for finding a new career or business endeavor that draws on your personal passions.  The Passion Test, for which Jack is a certified facilitator, can help narrow those goals and passions down to a simple list of your top five.

You are very likely familiar with the concept of the vision board, made popular in large part by Law of Attraction author/teacher John Assaraf.  A vision board is a simple tool you create by collecting images of things you’d like to see in your life and putting them together in a collage mounted on a board or poster of some kind and placing in a prominent place where you will see it on a regular basis.  You can accomplish a similar goal by placing such a collage on your computer desktop or creating a screen saver composed of such pictures.

MindMovies

Ryan Higgins, along with partners Glen and Natalie Ledwell, have taken the idea of the vision board one step further by developing a fascinating software called MindMovies.  In fact, they’ve just release their newest incarnation of the software, which provides an easy way to put your visions into video format along with motivation or inspirational music that all works together to embed those visions in your mind and thus help you bring those visions into reality.

What does all this has to do with my work life?

Well, when we begin to create visions of our ideal life and doing things to help us discover our passions, then we naturally become more open to opportunities that present themselves to us that we might otherwise miss or ignore.  The Universe is constantly sending ideas and opportunities our way, but in our hustle and bustle and lack of being aware, most of them simply pass us by and move on to the next person who will take advantage of them.   Opportunities are always there.  It’s just a matter of putting ourselves in a situation where we become more aware.

I mentioned in a recent post the idea that most of us live our lives as if we are viewing a very small radar screen, while most of what is actually happening that affects our lives is constantly going on beyond the reaches of that radar, which presents us only with what we gather through our five senses.

Know Your Passion. Follow it. Dream it. Live it.When we find ways of opening ourselves to all the possibilities beyond the scope of that radar, we will discover whole new worlds that we never even imagined and will find ways of not only finding satisfaction in our current work and daily life, but will begin living a life of passion and purpose.

Here’s to living a passionate life  ~

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12 Responses to Do You Follow Your Bliss in Your Work Life?

  1. Hi Steve. Your anti-spam math questions are getting challenging. I hope I would need a calculator in the future. 🙂 This is a great article. I’ve been a ‘follow your bliss’ person for most of my life. I’m sure other people might call it ADD. My life desires have been to be a nurse, a secretary, a musician, a music teacher, a virtual assistant, a transcriptionist, and now an internet marketer. I’ve tried a lot of different careers (wasn’t a nurse, but I was a nurse’s aid), and I have been pretty successful at them before moving on. Bliss to me is enjoying what I’m doing. Just because I enjoy what I’m doing today doesn’t mean I can’t change directions at a future date. Life is about growth and change. It’s been a wonderful adventure, and I hope I have another 20+ years to follow my bliss. Thanks for this post.

    All the best,
    Leslie

    • Steve says:

      Well, it looks like you’d better get out that handy little calculator, Leslie, as it looks like these little arithmetic captcha things are getting more and more prevelant, LOL! I even have to answer one in order to log into my WordPress dashboard. Hey . . . look on the bright side. It keeps you ahead of most retail cashiers these days, LOL! It also appears you and I are two prime examples of those who are constantly reinventing themselves. Like you, I’ve always enjoyed what I’m doing at the time (at least for the most part), so yes, in some ways I feel like I’ve always been following my bliss, but not necessarily my ultimate bliss and life purpose. That’s where I believe the things we’ve enjoyed doing throughout our lives come into play. They are preparing us for that ultimate goal of living out our life’s purpose and living that ultimate bliss. For some, it simply takes longer than for others, and that can be for many reasons. In that regard, you are absolutely right on about the fact that life is about growth and change. If we are not constantly growing and changing, then we aren’t truly living. Thanks so much for your insightful comment. I appreciate you!

  2. I work for myself and could say that I’m following my bliss, to a major degree. The problem as I see it is that I knew enough about what I wanted to do to get out there and start trying to do it. What I didn’t know was marketing, and that will hold back way more than 99% of everyone who tries it at the beginning. Doesn’t mean one shouldn’t start, but that before one does start one should look at all the things that have nothing to do with the bliss, or dream, to make sure they’re ready for that part as well.

    Oh yeah, looks like your CommentLuv isn’t working.

    • Steve says:

      I would agree with you in large part, Mitch, and you’ve certainly raised a very good and thought-provoking point. At the same time, if we truly are following our bliss — meaning we have done some real soul searching and have determined that whatever we are setting out to do helps fulfill our purpose in life (and I believe this is what following our bliss really means), then we will also be prepared to do whatever it takes to make it work. We will be open to all the right opportunities to learn whatever is necessary to make our endeavors a success, or we will have experienced things in our life up to that point that will have prepared us in advance for the most part. I’d be interested in follow-up comments on this.

      BTW . . . thanks for the heads up on the CommentLuv. I need to check and see if there is something in my settings or what the glitch is.

  3. Adrienne says:

    Hey Steve,

    Boy can I relate to what you’re sharing. Way too long of a story to share in this comment but I started getting more into personal development at the end of 2006. I started to open up more to the possibilities that I do do more then I was currently and actually be anyone I wanted. What a really cool thought right!

    I have read Eckhart’s books along with many many more that have helped me understand more about life in general. For me it wasn’t until I worked with a Spiritual Life Coach who helped me understand what my true passion was. I seriously had no clue.

    She helped me understand what I loved to do the most and it was something I’ve been doing since I was a teen. Helping other people. Yeah, sounds so simple right but I could take what I was learning online and help other people in a way they could relate. Imagine that, something so simple yet I had never thought about that. That my friend is how my blog was born.

    Love this post Steve, thanks for spelling it out for people because some people really don’t have that path to follow. You’ve just given it to them.

    See you tonight I hope!

    ~Adrienne

    • Steve says:

      You are so right, Adrienne. The things we are meant to do in life are usually right before our eyes and so simple, but we simply don’t see them because we have our eyes on that little tiny radar screen, which is so often out of focus. Thanks a great set of comments!

  4. A great post Steve. I have written several posts over the past couple of years that could run beside this one. I have worked for many years in 9 to 5 jobs and have seen way too many people’s dreams get squashed by day to day trials – hope can get dashed easily if you allow well-meaning folks derail the forward movement.

    Finding your passion is a phrase that I use quite often when I talk to people about finding true success and happiness in life; both for personal and business life.

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Michael. I definitely need to make a point of going back through your posts and reading these. Finding a way to help others find their passion is becoming a great passion for me, and I have set a personal goal of making that a full-time endeavor. Finding one’s passion and following one’s bliss, I believe, is the most important thing one can do in this life, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding than to be able to provide the tools for others to do so.

  5. Hi Steve,

    It’s so important to listen to that voice. However, it’s very difficult to listen to our inner voice if we are always busy and fussing with the mundane things of life and never, ever take a moment in a day to just relax and quiet the mind.

    It could be meditation, or self hypnosis. It doesn’t have to take long. It could be only 10 minutes a day, but those ten minutes are crucial if we want to be in touch with our higher self or inner self.

    Thanks for this post, and have a great week!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks so much, Sylviane. You’re absolutely right. Quieting the mind and getting in touch with our inner self does not require that much time throughout the day. It can involve something as simple as stopping and taking a few deep breaths and putting everything out of our mind while sitting a traffic light or waiting in line at the grocery store. It might mean sitting on the edge of your bed for thirty seconds and taking a few slow, deep breaths before you get up in the morning and simply saying, “Thank you for this beautiful new day and all that is about to come my way.” It could mean taking a little time to truly enjoy a beautiful piece of music or sitting on your patio with a cup of coffee and just looking out at the trees and grass. We make life so much more complicated than it really is, don’t we.

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