The Road to Awesome Starts Here
The road to awesome begins when you recognize within yourself a hunger to make a difference in this world. Then you must listen to your inner voice and wait in faith as your direction is unveiled. If you have some skills, some ambition and a little confidence in yourself, you find yourself drowning in good but static advice about how to be successful.
But if you really want the bold courage to pursue your life’s passion, you will have to look past that and search harder for clues on how to lead a more intentional life. It is very easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of striving for greatness. It is even easier to allow others to define success for you and sell their vision of what it looks like. For a certain time in my own life, I found it difficult to distinguish my definition of success from the common litany of descriptions.
Without even realizing it, I was caught up in the notion that I needed to make a certain amount of money, or achieve a certain corporate title, or dress in a certain designer style to indicate that I was of value. I was defining my success through what I thought society was telling me. All I had to do was work hard to get even more money and I could buy more stuff and I’d be even more successful.
That same trap may close in on you and suddenly you wake up one morning with lots of stuff but realize you have strayed far from your own ideals. I recognized that moment at one point in my career and that was an important milestone in making significant changes. Through the eyes of others, I was a success story. I had achieved great financial success, I was making a difference in communities, I won numerous accolades, and I had prestige beyond what I could have imagined.
Yet somehow I felt unfulfilled in my life. I actually believed there was no place for me to make the proverbial stop to smell the roses because I had to keep striving for more. Then I realized that I was living life by other people’s standards. I was striving for things because I could get them, and not necessarily because I wanted them or even felt called to do it in the first place. This realization affected me deeply.
I have always wanted my life was to mean something. I know I have a bigger purpose on this earth and it was my challenge to figure out what it was. It was then that I recognized that my hunger to make a difference in this world was getting bigger and with my child-like faith and big bold dreams I wanted to do something of major impact.
I started to ask myself the question, “What would my lasting legacy look like?” “How could I leave a lasting imprint on this world long after I am gone?” I hungered to make a lasting impact and that thought continued to grow in my work with individuals, organizations and even larger community projects. So the next step was to find the golden nugget.
I needed to uncover what was so awesome for me that I could grab my bold courage and get going. In my zeal I learned something about the process of becoming more intentional with my calling. I had to stop the rushing and the panic, and become still and allow clarity to enter.
When we stop all the noise and movement for a few minutes and find the time to listen, our inner voice and our faith whisper to us the answers we seek. That is where the road to awesome starts.
Paula Morand, CSP is a leadership building, revenue boosting, strategy expanding keynote speaker, author and visionary. This dreaming big and being bold leadership expert and brand strategist brings her vibrant energy, humor and wisdom to ignite individuals, organizations and communities to lead change, growth and bold impact. 23 years, 25,000 clients, 19 countries, 11 books, former radio personality, 10x award winning entrepreneur and humorous emcee.
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Lori Schmidtke | Jan 9, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Great post – everyone should read your book “Bold Courage”!!!
Even after reading it, I have left it in sight. It’s “Bold” cover is a constant reminder of it content!