In my twelve years as an entrepreneur I’ve come to realize that without my deep passion and desire to serve, I never would have been able to accomplish what I have. A powerful force has been working through me to achieve much success and create a full-on movement.
This force I speak of is within us all—we just have to allow it to come forth.
I believe that if you want to build a successful business based on service, you must be fiercely passionate about your work.
You have the power to awaken to your own passion to create a socially responsible and immensely fulfilling career. You just have to release all that blocks you from believing you can. Jump-start your own shift with these key principles for getting paid for your passion and stepping into your soul-centered career.
The Principles for Passion
One: Be Moved by Your Mission
When we’re inspired by our work, an invisible creative force takes over. Call it God, call it the Universe, call it whatever you wish. This energy force leads us to learning opportunities, supportive people, and miraculous guidance that navigates our career path.
When we invite this presence into our career, we allow inspiration to lead the way. Tap into what inspires you most. Then allow that inspiration to take over your consciousness and show you what to do. This spiritual intervention happens to us all in unique ways. The question is not, “How do I get there?” Rather, ask, “What am I passionate about?” Focus on that passion and trust the Universe will lead the way.
Two: Focus on the WE, Not the ME
I built my business as a spiritual teacher, author and speaker because of my deep desire to create community and engage people in a transformational conversation. I believe that even my Twitter followers can feel my deep desire to serve the larger WE rather than serve my ego’s ME ME ME. I’ve learned that the best way for me to lead is to guide others to lead one another. Whatever your mission, focus on empowering the WE.
Three: Take Inspired Action
Often people begin their careers inspired by a mission only to get bogged down by daily tasks and practical steps that snuff out the spark of passion.
Counteract it by consciously taking inspired action daily. Back each mundane task with the same fierce passion that ignited your work. When you infuse your passion into the present moment, you invite the force of energy to work through you—and, in effect, you can expand time. Things get done, deadlines get met, and your work has an impact. Make inspiration your business partner.
Four: Create Community
Interpersonal relationships are the greatest catalyst for creating a movement. In 2008, before my first book came out, I felt overwhelmed by the emails I received. I deeply wanted to serve each person who sought help, but I didn’t have the bandwidth. I meditated on it and my inspiration spoke through me, saying, “Create a social networking community.” Within a month I set up HerFuture.com. [LINK TO: www.herfuture.com] Today, nearly 18,000 members work together to inspire, empower and connect with one another. This community has greatly helped me carry my message and serve at a higher capacity. Engage your local or online communities to help you carry out your work. You’ll be amazed by the response to your call to action.
Now is the time to get seriously passionate about your work and seriously unapologetic about your capacity to earn money by doing what you love. Cheers to your success!