“We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.” — Pema Chödrön
The biggest misconception many people have is - believing that those that are called to teach and coach have it all figured out. We don’t. That’s the point.
Oftentimes I’ve found myself begrudging my circumstances - whether present or past thinking: “This isn’t right. This shouldn’t be happening to me. Haven’t I transcended and outgrown this by now?”
These questions always served me a nice big piece of humble pie.
I’ve learned through direct experience that if you are committed to being of true service in this world, then you’ll realize that true service doesn’t come through what you “do”, but about who you’re BEING.
This is why the inner work is so fundamental to get you to the new levels of growth that you long to go. You become who you’ve always longed to be. You don’t change, you evolve. And, as a result of your continual evolution, you help evolve others right along with you. What a beautiful thing.
If you can relate with feeling called to do MORE with your life/work, yet feel an inner conflict with feeling some “not enough” around your circumstances, credentials, etc. – check-out the contemplations below:
Teaching Your Core Wound(s): We are all wounded in some way otherwise we wouldn’t be human. I always jokingly say – unless you’re a God Realized Being you always have more growth and evolution to do. The most important thing to know is – what you struggle with (at various different levels throughout your life) is most likely what you’re here to help others with. It doesn’t matter what form that takes – whether you write, teach, speak or produce art – we all teach what we most need to continually learn. So consider what has been your biggest fear and/or greatest challenge in your life and explore how you can heal around it and help others heal around it too.
Nothing Is Ever “Perfect”: I often see people hold themselves back from getting started on pursuing their life’s calling because they don’t feel “ready”. People often feel like they need some letters after their name or need to take another course or "get certified" to do what it’s in their heart. Sure, certifications are helpful – I’m certified as a coach – but that program never could have taught me what my real purpose is – teaching others around self-worth. Experience and actually working with people brought that to Light. Lesson is – there will never be a “perfect” time to get started. Life will always present you with challenges and you’ll continually be faced with opportunities for growth. Get started where you are. It’s time.
Being vs. Doing: This term about “being” gets thrown around a lot – especially in the spiritual community yet oftentimes we don’t necessarily know what it means. The best example I can use is to ask you a powerful question that you can pose to any life circumstance which is: How are you showing up? In other words, what energy, what “vibe” are you bringing to a situation? Are you showing up lacking confidence and feeling less than? Or, are you showing up feeling powerful, connected and confident? This is a powerful question to pose to yourself in ALL situations and realize that by BEING who you desire to be you naturally BECOME.
Remember, if you feel called to do MORE, answer the call now. There will never be a “perfect” time and you are made for what you’re being called to do. Your life circumstances are your credentials – the only commitment you need to make is to honor your own growth and evolution just as much as you honor the growth and evolution of others.
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