In my life, I spend most of my waking hours either thinking about how we can live happier lives and do more fulfilling work, or talking to people about it. Sometimes, we can get so caught up with the challenges and struggles in front of us, and how to navigate through them effectively, that we fail to ask ourselves the most important questions that would have the power to unlock so much more fulfillment, joy and peace in our lives, if we only stopped to answer them.
Today, let’s take a break from the our challenges and all our striving, working and committing, and answer this simple (but not easy) question:
In ONE word, what do you long for most in your life today?
Think about the one thing that you believe would generate the biggest breakthrough in your life today. And be specific – don’t leave it at the world “fun,” for example, but share in one word the deeper expression of what fun represents to you. What would “fun” make possible in your life, work, and family?
I’m asking this question for two key reasons. One is that it’s vitally important to me to offer information and insights (and programs) that get at the heart of what we need and want as human beings. But more importantly, I’m interested in learning what is missing from the lives of thousands of people around the world that they can’t seem to find, connect with, or generate more of. And I’d love to understand why we seem to be missing these important elements in our lives.
I’m not at all concerned in how to help people make a quick buck, or follow some get-rich-quick scheme and rise overnight to the top of the heap in their fields. I am interested, however, in the long haul – how we create and build lives that matter, and livelihoods that make a positive difference and impact in the world. And I’m keenly focused on how we can do that with as much joy, ease, love, and soulfulness as possible. I’m looking for clues as to what keeps us centered, secure, and serene in the process, so we can thrive through change and stay true to exactly who we wish to be.
For me, the one word that describes what I want more of today is “soulfulness.” Why that? Because I find, unfortunately, that it’s been missing lately in a lot of what I’m confronting and experiencing every day. It’s missing in some of my relationships, some of my colleagues, some of my friends and clients, and some of the ways I behave, think and communicate. It’s been missing in my projects and in my goals. And when I operate without soulfulness, it usually goes very badly for me. I get sick, sad and exhausted because I push hard and strive towards things that in some cases I don’t even really want (because I’ve been blindly following some role model in the world whom I later realize I don’t even want to emulate). And when I do identify important, authentic goals for myself, if soulfulness isn’t involved in how I pursue them, I find I’m left holding the bag, without the real power, juice and excitement necessary to sustain me to reach my goals. So it’s soulfulness for me that I want more of this year.
What do you long for most in your life today?
I hope you’ll share it below. I’ve seen that when we write down what we long for, and openly and courageously acknowledge and admit it, we are more able to purposefully and intentionally push open the door that’s been blocked, and allow this desired experience to come rushing to us, finally.
Thank you for sharing your one-word longing. I can’t wait to hear, and I hope 2016 will be the year you experience it.