Take a moment before you make the next decision, or begin your next task, and ask yourself, “Am I following my heart?”
Of course, you’re operating on a budget, against a business plan, To Do list, goal sheet, and flow charts. You’re proficient in mind mapping, Gantt charts, and spread sheets. But, before you go any further, ask yourself, “Am I following my heart?”
The real question to ask before committing to your next project, new job, brand extension, or extended territory, is, “Am I following my heart?”
Hold off just for a moment on tweaking your SEO, computing bonuses, identifying new channels, creating new social media, hiring your next star, signing a new partner, digging for new business, designing a new logo, or uncovering new revenue streams. Get quiet and ask, “Am I following my heart?”
You were born with a purpose. Do you know it? When you close your eyes at night, are you grateful for your day? You can be, if you follow your heart.
I speak to audiences all over the world. The first question I ask is, “Who wants to be happy?” Everyone raises their hand.
My next question is, “Who is happy?” The room becomes tense and quiet and only a few brave souls raise their hand. And then I ask, “Who would like to know how to be happy and fulfilled today?” Once again, everyone raises their hand.
You, like everyone, want to be happy. So do this. Don’t worry about knowing why you were born or your purpose while here on Earth. That answer will come. What’s more important is that you follow your heart. And the way to follow your heart is remarkably simple:
Every day, find just one thing that doesn’t feel good, and do less of it. Maybe for you that’s smoking, cheating on your spouse, lying on your taxes, gossiping, over eating, criticizing yourself or others, or feeling bad because you’re single. It doesn’t matter. Choose one thing that doesn’t feel, and today, just once, do less of it.
Conversely, choose just one thing that feels fantastic, anything, and do more of it. Maybe for you that’s baking, making love with all the lights on (or off), dancing, golfing, learning how to make a YouTube video, writing a personal blog, walking dogs at an animal rescue like ARF, or volunteering at the local soup kitchen. Today, consciously choose at least one thing that makes your heart soar, and just once, do more of it.
One less. One more™.
You will not die wishing you had gone to more conventions, made more money, drank an extra shot, or been promoted to chief executive. If you die regretting anything, it will be that you didn’t follow your heart.
Before you go back to work, make the next call, or move on to the next assignment, ask yourself, “Am I following my heart?” Now you know what to do.
Follow your heart. Tell your story. Change the world.
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