By Michael Kline
Driving close to home, especially when I was living full time in rural New Hampshire, I can navigate my way around town blindfolded. However, I am writing this from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where I have come to rely on my phone’s GPS to tell me where I am, where I’m going, how to get there, how long it will take me to get there and where to watch for traffic congestion. In a strange city, I would literally be lost without it. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an app to keep us on course with life in general? Imagine, a kind voice, in the gender and accent of your choice, coming on your phone and telling you when there is someone you should meet, or when you’ve done enough work, or the right work, or if you should make that purchase or not. I changed Siri’s voice in my iPhone to be a male with an Australian accent, so now he calls me Mickey and mispronounces most street names; it keeps me on my toes and makes the game a little more challenging. If I had an inner GPS system to answer all of life’s directions, I wonder what voice it should have.
It turns out, we do have an inner GPS and it does tell us if we are on-course or off-course in life. Its voice is joy. When you feel joy, you are on course and when you do not feel joy, you are off course. Now if you have other voices in your head, such as the little judge who just declared this concept selfish, hedonistic and unrealistic, fear not. Selfish work may bring temporary satisfaction, but it does not bring joy. Materialistic purchases made for reasons that do not serve you, will bring a moment of retail therapy, but that happiness fades faster than a New Hampshire winter sunset. When you feel joy, you are on-course, in direct pursuit of serving your highest purpose. Serving your purpose always leads to success and joy. This would mean that when you are experiencing success and joy, you must be on course with your purpose. When you are living your purpose, you have more abundance in your life to share with the world. You have more love, more joy, more peace, more health, and if it serves you and others well, then yes, you will have more money and opportunity.
The trouble is, that if I do not know the address of the destination, my phone cannot tell me how to get there. In life, if I do not know my purpose, my calling, my destination, then my inner GPS/Joy monitoring system is of no use either. A professional coach is someone who is trained to help you identify your true purpose and passions while dealing with the voices in your head that tell you to stay small, stay safe, and stay quiet. If you are ready to learn how to choose your life destination, program your inner GPS and recognize the wise helpful voices from the chorus of chatter in your head, know that you can do it. Everyone has those voices and everyone has dreams of something more. We are all seeking the same thing. Pay attention to others who have been where you want to go in life and open yourself up to receiving help from your fellow travelers. The Internet if chock full of resources, included some free downloads and offers from my own website. Just try something, anything. The universe always rewards action.
Michael Kline is a Certified RIM Facilitator and Certified Success Trainer for personal and group transformation. You can reach him through his website www.intus.life, or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.