Posts Tagged ‘follow your heart’

Christopher Maloney—No More Torn-Up Envelopes

September 8, 2012

Christopher Maloney

When Christopher Maloney walked onto Britain’s X Factor stage on September 8, 2012, he was a nervous wreck. His hands were shaking so much he couldn’t hold the microphone still. Earlier, while standing in line outside, he had said, “It took me five years to actually build up the courage to apply. I’d download the application form, fill it out, put it in an envelope, but rip it up every year.” Fortunately, he found the courage to mail that envelope in this year because when he started singing The Rose, the song that was played at his dad’s funeral, he moved the audience to tears.

I like Christopher’s audition and his story because God only knows how many talented people are out there, hiding in the (more…)

You May Be Sure It Isn’t Your Real Life

January 24, 2011

It becomes especially challenging to follow your heart when you are well established in another career, nestled snugly in your comfort zone, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.

Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
Kahlil Gibran

You may tell yourself that you have done everything right, that you have followed all the rules and are entitled to (more…)

Spare No Effort of Your Wings

January 16, 2010

Last week, I had a nice Skype video-conversation with Jackie Rose Helpern, a friend I had met through Twitter. I was very impressed when she said that when she decides to do something, whether it’s a trip to Antarctica or spending a semester in the Philippines, it never occurs to her that she won’t be able to do it.

I’ve always felt the same way. Years ago, when I wanted to be a writer, I just assumed that I would eventually get there. Unfortunately, I was pretty clueless and had no plan. But even though I screwed up time and time again, I did eventually get to where I wanted to go.

I can’t imagine living any other way. When life calls me, I follow wherever it leads me. I love encouraging other people to pursue their dreams, too. So I was very happy to hear Jackie Rose speak with such confidence about trusting her intuition and enthusiastically embarking on one adventure after another.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

What especially impressed me is that Jackie Rose is (more…)

Reinvent Yourself!

March 13, 2009

man-thinking-on-couch-notepadIf you are not happy in your current job, or are unemployed and willing to settle for whatever comes your way, do what you must to pay the bills but challenge yourself to think bigger.

Your destiny is patiently waiting for you to answer these questions: What productive activities do you get so immersed in that you lose all sense of time? When do eating and sleeping become nuisances?

Do not censor yourself—make the list as long as you would like. List everything that adds beauty and joy to your world.

Be bold. Close your eyes, and watch your imagination jump the fence of your comfort zone and gallop toward the vast open fields of your unclaimed potential.

No matter where your heart leads you, (more…)

Pursue Your Right Livelihood

February 27, 2009

woman-working-silk-loomYou will find your ideal career when you strike the right balance between intuition and intellect, and learn to distinguish the call of your spirit from the often misguided urgings of your ego.

Ultimately, you must follow your heart. Listen closely and you will find that it beats in concert with the heart of all creation.

When you are truly aligned with spirit and you truly long to do meaningful work, the world is in need of whatever it is you feel you need to do.

Every dream, no matter how insignificant it may sound to others, is sacred. Give yourself to it fully and you will live with peace and purpose for the rest of your days. (more…)

The Courage to Walk Away from “Success”

August 11, 2008

Phillip Moffitt

In 1987, Phillip Moffitt walked away from his highly successful position of CEO and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine to walk a more spiritual path. His friends and colleagues thought he was crazy to sell the magazine at the height of its success and leave all that “security” behind.

Granted, it can become especially difficult to follow your heart when you are well established in another career, nestled snugly in your comfort zone, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle. So why take the chance? Here is Moffitt’s (more…)