Think of the very last thing you did that gave you real joy. Was it yesterday, walking in the mountains on a cool, crisp afternoon? Was it today, kneading dough and baking a loaf of bread? Maybe you got home from work, sat on the back step and watched your garden grow.
It doesn't matter how small that last special moment was; the important thing is that you connected with that deep part of yourself that reminded you how wonderful it is to be alive.
Think about it for a minute. Don't you wish in your heart that you could transfer that exquisite joy of life into the work that you do? Do you know that you have gifts and passions that mark you out for a special place on earth, and that you have a true calling to be the best you can at what you really want to be?
Listen to your heart. Remember what those gifts are. Think about the fire you have inside when you use those gifts.
Connect to that small glowing ember inside you flickering into life?
You may not be working in a job you really enjoy, or spend as much time as you'd like doing things that make you happy. You have bills to pay and groceries to buy, you have to go to work, the car won't start and you haven't taken a holiday since you can't remember when.
Just remind yourself to coax that ember into flame more often. Feed it. The more often that flame gets going the longer it will sustain you when things get tough.
And because that flame is getting a hold, you can give yourself space to re-evaluate how you spend every day of your life. Once you start looking to the far horizon, fanning the flames and dreaming dreams, pretty soon the most extraordinary things start to happen. Life doesn't seem so difficult. Possibilities you never dreamed of come right by because your heart and imagination are ready to accept them, and you'll connect to an inner energy that you'd forgotten you had.
You deserve to experience joy and pleasure.
And when you share that experience with other people, they will also be joyous and happy. They will notice a change in you. You smile more often. They will be drawn to your warmth. They, in turn, will want to share that with others. Doing what you love is like a natural drug. You will be high on energy.
And they may get home from work that day, sit on the back step, and watch their garden grow.
Neel Raman, is an author, presenter, workshop facilitator and coach to many. He has written ‘Hoops and Freedom’, a powerful self-improvement book, in the form of an entertaining fiction story, targeted at those who want and demand more from life. To get the first chapter for FREE and to receive FREE motivational lessons, visit: http://www.focusedon.com.au/blog To find out more about this book and to register to receive FREE newsletters and other FREE offers, visit: http://www.HoopsAndFreedom.com