Ways of Being Free Part 1: Do the Work

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Do you love what you’re doing these days? That is certainly my wish for you.

If your answer is yes, and you’re anything like me, then most likely along the way you’ve given time and attention to personal development.

If your answer is no, take heart. Now is the only time there is, and it’s the perfect time to begin making positive changes. The very fact that you are reading this article suggests you have an interest in growth and what it takes to align with your genuine sense of calling.

Living aligned is living free.

On that note, I am fortunate and deeply grateful to serve clients serious about transforming their results. In other words, the individuals who coach with me are serious about a) being who they came to be, and b) doing what is theirs to do. They are serious about living a life they love.

But what does “serious” really mean?

It means a number of things, not the least of which is a willingness to be inspired – to welcome new levels of enthusiasm, clarity, organized planning and follow-through. Moreover, being serious means learning a new set of tools and being prepared to do things differently in order to generate a different set of outcomes.

It means work.

People who tell you transformation requires anything less than work are lying by omission.

I am not one of those people.

Platitudes on gratitude will get you nowhere if you don’t do the work. Vision boards are lovely. If you don’t do the work they remain decorations.

Coaches talk about flow state and things getting easier when you align with your true purpose and passion. They talk about learning to connect with a higher level of conscious awareness, a place where solutions “drop in.”

I am one of those coaches.

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And with all of that said, I maintain that there is no getting around the courageous efforts necessary for your new life to emerge.

What does it take to align with your true calling and authentically build your dream?

    • It takes a burning desire to transform. You’ve got to love your vision!
    • It takes discipline and the willingness to be comfortable in discomfort.
    • Building your dream requires study, clear goal-setting and action, as well as reflection and connection with inner guidance.
    • It takes getting up when you fall down, and yes, it takes awareness and conscious decision-making to override old patterns again, and again, and again.
    • It takes faith in yourself and in the Source of your being; and that faith must be built. It doesn’t just “happen.”
    • Personal growth requires risk and the courage to move beyond familiar territory in order to serve your vision.

I am compelled to add a frequently overlooked irony: that it is often much riskier to stay “safe” – and stuck – in old, self-defeating patterns, regardless of their familiarity and even their apparent security, than it is to change. I agree with Helen Keller that security is mostly superstition. What is loveless and draining, yet predictable and secure on the surface, is a castle built on sand.

Tides roll.

Sadness symptomizes.

Personal transformation calls for the most important work you will ever do. When you do it and witness your own progress, the experience is both affirming and exhilarating.

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Nothing lights me up more than when a client I serve arrives on a call to celebrate a truly meaningful milestone of success with me – because I know what it takes to manifest those moments!

Like you, I am a work in progress. I practise what I teach; and when I fall down, I get up again.

I love what I do, and I am one hundred percent committed to the process.

Your decision to say YES to living your life fully, and to doing whatever it takes to achieve your vision, is the most courageous and freeing action you will ever take.

You deserve no less.


Because your life is a sacred gift and your dream is Life Itself seeking to emerge by means of you, specifically. You are one of a kind. No one else can live your calling but you.

If you’ve said yes to your dream in the past and fallen down, then I encourage you to get up again. Obstacles are not end-stops. They are qualifiers.

You can get up.

When you realize that you always have that option, and choose it, things get easier.

After a while, with enough tools in place and muscle built, the work of serving your mission and singing the song you came into this life to sing becomes lighter. More joyful.

Your work even begins to feel like play.

If you are looking for coaching support from a highly trained and experienced professional, one who cares about your results, then I invite you to send me a message. I will do my best to schedule a consultation.

To making your work meaningful and (much of the time, anyway) play.

To living the life you came to live!


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P.S. Look for Part 2 in this “Ways of Being Free” series soon. In it, I’ll identify two very common reasons why people stall in building their dream, and I’ll share ways of moving forward.

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