Do you sometimes feel stuck, even trapped by your life circumstances? Do you feel like there is something more impactful for you to do with your life, but you’re not sure what direction to take, or whether to trust in it?
One of the most important keys to living a purposeful and impactful life is to follow the signs that life gives you and to follow your Key Area of Impact.
The best way to explain what I’m talking about is to tell you my story.
How I Followed a Shooting Star and Took a Leap of Faith to Live a More Impactful Life.
About 17 years ago, I was at a major crossroads.
I was working for an employer for whom I’d make a bucket of cash. I had literally improved their monthly budget for the product I was selling from $40,000 to $4,000,000 a month in the space of 24 months and I was seeing very little of that.
I was pretty unhappy. I was pretty unfulfilled. I was definitely lacking purpose. Deep inside I really wanted to work for myself. More than anything I could feel a really strong potential inside me. It was huge but I didn’t know what it was.
I knew I was doing myself a disservice. I knew I wasn’t in my power, and I really wanted to leave my job, but logic and fear held me back (as it had done for years) even though I knew I had much greater potential.
The funny thing about Potential!
Now the funny thing about potential is that it’s not something you can put in a bucket. You can’t hold it in your hand or weigh it, and you don’t always know what it is, but you can feel it. That’s what makes it so compelling to follow.
Back then I could definitely feel it. What I could feel was the kind of potential that may never be realised all the time I was following someone else’s dreams.
My heart-brain and my gut-brain were saying, “Leave, leave, leave. Start your own thing!” but my head-brain just kept saying, “Stay. Stay in your job. It’s not safe to leave.”
I had a bit of dream you see, I really wanted to start my own events company and start paving a career for myself as an underground DJ. I wanted to move people, excite people and raise consciousness through it. . I also wanted to have the time to immerse myself in healing and transformational arts.
So I asked for a sign.
So one night I was sitting in the car with my partner at the time and we were looking out the windshield up at the sky. We were parked near the inner city, waiting to pick up a friend, and we were having a deep and meaningful conversation about how I was feeling, what it all meant and what my options were.
I said out loud to the sky, “Look, I just need a sign, I just need the universe to give me a sign. I need this sign to be as obvious as ever. Something that I just cannot ignore. That when I see it or I feel it or I hear it, I’ll know that I’ve just got to act on it.”
Then right in front of us, in the middle of the city where it’s very difficult to see anything like this because of all the lights, there was this massive shooting star, really low in the sky. It took up like a third of the sky. It was huge and such a rarity even out in the hills, let alone in the city. It was totally freaky! It was so instantaneous we both jumped. Our hair stood on end and we both looked at each other with shock due to the obvious synchronicity of the phenomena.
I went really quiet because I knew something very special had occurred.
In that moment I knew exactly what I needed to do and it would require a massive leap of faith.
In that moment I knew exactly what I needed to do and it would require a massive leap of faith. The very next morning as I walked into my boss’s office I was shaking, uncertain and afraid, because I knew that what was about to happen was a big choice. One I couldn’t really turn back from. I sat down and politely gave notice. I offered no other alternative, and I didn’t look back.
It was momentous as this was the beginning of me heading down a huge pathway of becoming who I am. Of stepping into multiple creative and careers that were all about putting myself out there, expressing myself and stepping out of my comfort zone to try and make a positive mark on the world.
If I didn’t follow that shooting star I wouldn’t have had many of the amazing experiences that I have had since then. I wouldn’t have stepped into my true self-expression in order to lead the same colourful and successful careers that I’ve had and have today.
I may never have met the enriching community of friends I hold so dear today. I wouldn’t have ever performed in front of tens of thousands of people, coached and taught thousands of clients, assisted 100’s of leaders or mentored 100’s of long-term unemployed.
I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing today and wouldn’t have had the same strong sense of purpose that I’ve experienced and still tune into now.
It all starts with that shooting star.
We all have a Key Area of Impact – something we do and be and have that when we follow it can change the world. It’s when what we love to do enables us to live our highest ideals and becomes an expression of our greatest strengths. It’s where our lives have meaning, purpose and provide fulfilment for others and ourselves. When you find that point, life changes for good and you feel yourself step forward with such propensity that nothing can hold you back, even if you don’t know where it is taking you.
So my advice to you is this; let your Key Area of Impact be your shooting star.
Please let that land.
Think about it. A shooting star can show you where to go, what direction to take, but you never really know where it lands. It shows you a potential path, but it doesn’t show you where you’re going. It’s not a destination thing; it’s an indicator of direction, like a compass.
That’s why I refer to finding your Key Area of Impact and trusting in the signs of life that direct you as having an Impact Compass.
May your compass guide you well.
The Next Step
Every day I help purpose driven, conscious entrepreneurs who want to make a big difference in the world but feel held back by self-doubt and inaction stemming from an uncertainty of direction. I help them to discover their soul purpose and align the way they think, feel and act with their greatest potential so they can achieve more impact, more fulfillment and more abundance in their business and life.
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