Defy convention and live your best life, ever!

newAre your traditions, conventions and definitions of “normal” keeping you from following your calling and living your best life?

For years and years my family held on to a guest room in our house that got used once a year (if that) just so we could say that we had a place for friends and family to stay. We also had a traditional dining room that never got used and a telephone land line that never rang except for the occasional telemarketer or political fund-raiser call.

After many discussions, my husband and I decided to finally defy convention and let it all go! I now have a beautiful office where our dining room used to be, with big patio doors that lead out to our deck, and our guest room and land line are history!

We even went one step further! Our teenage girls occupy the master bedroom and bathroom upstairs and my husband and I have built our own little nest downstairs, complete with fireplace and walkout to the backyard. – and what used to be my uninspiring, window-less office downstairs is now a fabulous walk-in closet!

Many have questioned why we would arrange our home this way and I always respond with “because it supports OUR ideal lifestyle”. The point here is that in life as in our work, we must not let others dictate what works for us or what should make us happy.  Whether it’s how you arrange your home or a business model you follow, you must do what God calls you do to and what empowers you to live your best life.

More importantly, you must stand your ground when others want to criticize your choices, even if what you are doing is so unconventional that no one has ever done it before. Give yourself permission to create a life and business for yourself that is unique and let go of anything that stands in the way of your ability to follow God’s call on your life.

So let’s put this into action!  Take a close look at the 5 pillars of well-being in your life: Home, Work/Business, Health, Relationships (including your relationship with God), and Finances – and ask yourself some tough questions:

  • What is your biggest challenge in each area?
  • What’s stopping you from making a positive change?  (Check your emotions for hidden obstacles, e.g. pride, fear, the expectation of others)
  • What would you gain by making a change in this area?
  • What do you stand to lose if you don’t make a change?
  • What first steps can you take NOW toward change?

You just may discover that what is keeping you from making a change is not at all what you thought it was. Often when I have been hesitant to make a bold move it has been because I feared the expectations or opinions of other people.  There will always be naysayers, know-it-alls and fear mongers that want to keep you where you are and within the limits of their own interpretation of what’s possible or acceptable.

Remember, if you want to “walk on water” and live a life that is brimming with purpose and God’s abundance in all areas, you must put your eyes on Jesus rather than the other disciples who chose to remain in the boat because they are fearful of following you out onto the water.

When you focus on pleasing God rather than everyone around you, new doors of opportunity will open to you, you will feel more confident and others will actually appreciate you more for being authentic.  In fact, I believe your story will be a testimony to empower others to break free to live their God-given dreams.

If you would like more help with identifying what is holding you back from living your best life or starting the business that God has called you to, I invite you to schedule a complimentary “Next Level Business Growth” session with me.

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