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5 Ways to Brighten Your Soul’s Inner Drive

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Many people are in a perpetual state of wandering around, looking for the “next big thing”, whether it’s in business, work, or life, and never take time to do their soul work.

Soul work, to me, involves going within and getting down and dirty with the emotional and mental blocks which become problematic. Everyone has stuff in their lives, no matter how successful they are in their life.

Getting underneath those blocks and blasting them out takes time. In doing so, though, you find what you are passionate about in work and life. It’s almost a miraculous event, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.

With that in mind, here are five ways to brighten your soul’s inner drive:

1. Meditation

It’s been around for centuries. Smarter people than myself have found great benefits from quieting their minds, connecting with their breath, and letting go of their worries or concerns. Meditation definitely involves a mind-body-spirit connection which, for some, might be a little too heavy.

Yet when you take a look at a lot of successful businessmen and women, many of them will raise their hands in agreement that meditation helps slow them down. Connecting with what you desire to do with your life comes from your soul. Let meditation help you sense which direction to go. Take a few minutes each day, quiet your mind, and see what happens in your life.

2. Journaling

I’ve found this to be of immense help through the years. It has allowed me to do a “mind dump” on paper, with pen in hand, and get whatever is bugging me out in these journals. To be clear, you do not have to be a writer or creative in order to do this at all.

This process helps to shed a light upon what you truly desire in your life. How? It removes the blocks through your own processing of emotions and feelings which keep you and I going around in life on a hamster wheel. Get a pad, grab a pen, and start your journaling journey right now.

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” – Christina Baldwin

3. Exercise

Once again, there are infinite studies which indicate moving your body on a daily basis has incredible benefits. Not only is it great for the physical attributes, yet exercise can alter thought patterns within your own brain. Yoga, weight training, running, a brisk walk, Tai Chi, or some other type of exercise can work. This helps to light up your own soul through moving the body.

4. Community

Gather around like-minded people and let them support you. People find attending religious services worthwhile. Others get together through MeetUps or some other form of community-gathering events. Introverts might find this a real stretch to do. Getting out of your comfort zone, though, is definitely good for your soul. It’s amazing what happens when putting yourself around like-minded people.

5. Nature

It’s pretty easy to just look outside a window and see either blue skies and sunshine, or cloudy skies and rainfall. Not metaphorically, OK, but real-time nature. I know when I allow myself an opportunity to get out among trees, mountains, flowers, animals and fresh air, it’s a freeing sensation.

It feels like I’m as free as the birds which fly above my head. In essence, nature is a true connecting force with your own soul. There is a rhythm and energy within nature which reflects beauty. You can see your own beauty in nature, too.

 “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” – Jane Austen 

There are numerous other paths toward brightening your soul’s inner drive. It might come from attending conferences or having a heart-to-heart talk with your loved one. These are simply five starting points for you to consider.

Is there a spiritual component to all of this? I choose to believe so. When you can connect on a deeper level with your soul’s purpose, then you can engage these five suggestions and move forward.

Listen to your intuition, your soul, and follow its guidance. Amazingly, you will find yourself on a journey which will be more beautiful and fulfilling than you could ever have believed.

How do you connect with your inner soul? Leave your thoughts below!

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I am a writer, author, and storyteller who helps businesses learn to communicate better with their words for a bigger impact. With more than 30-plus years in the communications industry, I’ve coached writers and reporters on improving their content and stories under deadline conditions. I’ve used my copywriting and content writing skills to help entrepreneurs improve their email sequences, social media posts, and website content. I’ve worked for major corporations like The Hearst Corp., GateHouse Media, Digital First Media, and Southern Newspapers. Awards for my work include being part of a first-place Texas Associated Press Managing Editors team effort for news coverage of major flooding in Laredo, Texas, and a 2009 Print Media Award from Workforce Solutions of South Texas for my business reporting work.

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How to Protect Yourself From Other People’s Negativity

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When I was a kid, it seemed like I felt pain more than anyone else around me. Not just physical pain, but emotional pain. I cried easily, over many things. I had an especially hard time when people were fighting around me, and I didn’t even have to be involved. I could feel the negative energy and felt upset and overwhelmed. I didn’t have a constructive way of handling it. (more…)

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How to Write a Personal Destiny Statement in 3 Steps

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We all have a God-given destiny to fulfill that we were each born with. I personally believe it is buried deep down within us. The number one secret to success is to let it emerge out of you and release it to the world. What is my destiny you may ask? It is the thing you would regret not doing before leaving Planet Earth. (more…)

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

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Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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Why You Never Have Enough Time and What You Need to Do About It

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Has this ever happened to you? You had an assignment, and the deadline was far away. You didn’t work on it much, but in the back of your mind, that insistent little voice was always whispering, “I gotta get this assignment done.” (more…)

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