I have found myself walking through parts of my life on what feels like a conveyor belt. I am not someone who chooses to find myself in this position. While fighting for my work to be seen, I have felt myself drifting into this unfortunate and suffocating position.
I generally do not like to walk with the flow of people. I learned early on to find the path that is going to help me thrive in my beliefs, ideals, and passions. I use my voice louder than most. And…I don’t apologize.
As I find myself trying to thrive in a business on my own, I found increased pressure to conform. Every avenue of success is constantly telling me that I must sell myself. This is not me.
I have never wanted to be an Oprah or Brene Brown, though I respect them greatly. I am simple and quiet in that I know my story helps others and I love every minute of my work when I am doing just that.
If I did not have to be on social media, I would ditch the platform so fast. Though, sadly, I am learning that today businesses do not thrive unless you are very present in this arena, and you are willing to push yourself every chance possible.
This is becoming a problem. I am not the face of my work. I am not the main story, or at least I do not want to be. The story has allowed me to create work, retreats, and healing modalities to teach and guide others on how to own their personal stories. So… how do I bring this to others without sacrificing myself?
Inspired action. Two words that someone presented to me recently in place of motivation. Think about it for a moment. Motivation is really pushed upon us so often today. You see billboards that shout ‘get motivated’ whether it be for health, business growth or relationships.
Bottom line…it was feeling forced to me. I kept feeling like I was trying to sell myself or my product, when I see my work more as being of service. Then it was suggested to me to replace motivation with inspiration. Better yet, inspired action.
At first, it sounded too simple. But as I dug emotionally deeper, I began to really ask myself the question, ‘what inspires me to act?’
I am a person who strongly believes in ‘calling’ in every sense of the word. What calls one to act, to be, to work, to live and to love. In an instance I changed my pattern of thinking to what inspires me to act. Then, with such ease the path I felt called to take began to become clearer each and every step I began to walk. My focus came back to my original vision for the work I want to accomplish, and now with each step I am in fact feeling inspired. I am feeling the action and movements around my vision are becoming clearer in each direction I take.
Today, the definition of where I am taking my work is exciting and I cannot wait for the those who are called towards it to embrace it.
How will you take on INSPIRED ACTION today?
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Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.