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I’m currently reading The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Termsby the amazing Danielle LaPorte.
In this post, I want to examine one of the questions in the book that stood out for me.
Here is Danielle’s question.
What’s your message? What is it that you want people to know, see, understand, ‘get’ in life? What are you always mouthing off or preaching about?”
My answer was immediate. No need to think about it, no waffling, no indecision – just crystal clear clarity.
When I think about it, the topics I talk about on this blog all center around this message in one form or another.
Writing is all about freedom of expression and creativity.
Having the freedom to use your imagination, to inspire and motivate other people to go after what they truly desire. The freedom to have a clear goal and take the action steps to achieve it.
Choosing to turn your life around or start anew.
Choosing a new beginning.
The freedom to realize that something is not working and decide to take another path instead. The ability to admit your own shortcomings and weaknesses, to fess up to your mistakes. The power to own your strength and sense of self-worth.
The freedom to grow and evolve into a better person, without people trying to hold you back or control you. The joy of pursuing your own passions and interests.
My interest in minimalism is based on freedom.
Freedom from debt, being free from over-consuming and spending my money how and when I choose instead of feeling coerced or manipulated into buying the latest trend simply to fit in or be accepted by other people.
The concept of changing careers or choosing a career that is right for you is all about freedom.
The freedom to be your own boss.
Travel (particularly long-term) is the ultimate freedom for me.
Freedom from stereotypes and labeling definitely springs to mind. People can choose whether or not they want to be married, have children, or stay single without being criticized or judged by others. It’s about understanding how other people feel, by putting yourself in their shoes.
It’s about equality and compassion. It is about respecting other people’s right to be free.
Ultimately it’s about the freedom to be yourself and be treated with respect and kindness (not to mention returning that respect and kindness to others).
The freedom to choose your own lifestyle, love life, and career.
Danielle also states:
If you look closely, your message is showing up in everything you do in your life – or want to do with your life.”
I highlighted those last few words for emphasis.
Often we are not living our message, it is still buried deep within us.
Am I currently living my own unique version of freedom? Yes in some areas, no in others. I’m not there yet. I still have a lot of work to do.
Am I working towards my own version of freedom? Definitely!
Now it’s your turn.
What’s your message?
What is the one thing that means the world to you? What do you want to share with other people?
Now flesh it out. Write out a list of why that message is important to you, and get as detailed as you possibly can. It’s important to get clear about your message.
Let’s dig a bit deeper.
Writing down your thoughts is all well and good but you need to do something with them.
Decide on one action that you can achieve today that will get you a little closer to living your message. Get stuck in – do that one action! Off you go, right now is always the best time.
Think about what your next action should be and dive in.
What’s your message? What do you stand for?
Grab your copy now – The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
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