Every calling is great when greatly pursued

Written by Robert Knowlton

Living on purpose. It's a growing, evolving process. It takes focus, clarity and regular reflection. Here's one story about a client's evolution and effort to stay on purpose.

Paul is doing some incredible things. His business bottom line is up and stronger than ever. There are new opportunities onrepparttar horizon allowing him to live his dream and in many ways he's onrepparttar 102099 leading edge in his industry.

I met Paul four years ago. He was referred to me when I was making marketing calls to businesses in my area. Paul was very interested in personal and professional development. Our first call lead to some interesting conversations and Paul subsequently participated in many classes I taught. Two years ago, Paul joined my purpose discovery workshop, resulting in his purpose statement:

"I eagerly seek to acquire and share knowledge to be of benefit to all."

Paul told me he had always wanted to be a public speaker and to him, his purpose statement was a clear reflection of this desire. By understanding this is what he naturally loved doing and sought to contribute, Paul began to shift his life and pursue his dream. We started a weekly coaching program. He also signed up for Toastmasters to hone his speaking skills and he hasn't looked back.

Paul's company is a small independent wholesale supplier of cleaning and sanitation products. You might be thinking to yourself, "That doesn't seem very glamorous. I thought you said he's doing some incredible things. He's just selling cleaning products."

Paul's business is selling cleaning products, but his real passion is infection control. He has taken it upon himself to develop an expertise in cleaning and infection control so healthy people don't get sick and sick people have a chance to heal. He's not a scientist, but Paul understandsrepparttar 102100 science of infection control. His real specialty, however, isrepparttar 102101 Art of Infection Control. He'srepparttar 102102 "what to do and how to do it guy" people in his local health care community often turn to for advice.

Today, aside from running his business, Paul speaks at conferences and is connecting leading experts inrepparttar 102103 field of infection control withrepparttar 102104 front line hospital and nursing home staff acrossrepparttar 102105 country by leading and facilitating group TeleLectures onrepparttar 102106 phone.

Let's back up two years. Although he longed to speak in front of groups, Paul felt handicapped by a slight stutter. It wasn't until he realized what his purpose was, "...to acquire and share knowledge..." that despite his reticence, he decided to go for it.

Paul is developing an excellent reputation now and in just two years, is known as an "expert" in his field. He has no Ph.D. in science and doesn't really need one. He calls on others' scientific expertise when needed. He's able to make a fantastic contribution through what he knows, "The Art of Infection Control" -- how to userepparttar 102107 Science.

Education inrepparttar 102108 Art of Infection Control is part of Paul's vehicle for touchingrepparttar 102109 world. Inrepparttar 102110 beginning, Paul had a lot of doubts about actually making this happen. "I need a degree," he thought. "No one will take me seriously," he told me. "I don't know how to speak to groups," etc., etc. All of these "issues" have been overcome and he is indeed living his dream. His goal of speaking and sharing his knowledge and insights aligns with who he is. It "just seems natural." When you act in alignment with your deepest drive to contribute, it never really feels like work.


Written by Oscar Bruce

All is won or lost in just a few seconds. This can be a terrifying thought. Lasting impressions are made duringrepparttar first few moments after you meet a person. Thus, your first meeting may be your only opportunity to generate a favorable outcome.

This isrepparttar 102098 point where a failure to prepare setsrepparttar 102099 stage for disaster. I define this terrifying event as "The Dialog Dilemma". That's when your mind freezes duringrepparttar 102100 struggle for justrepparttar 102101 right thing to say. When your fear of sayingrepparttar 102102 wrong thing causes a brain lock.

Is there a cure for "The Dialog Dilemma"? Absolutely. Do you rememberrepparttar 102103 expression "Preparation precedes opportunity"?. Or, this one: "Failing to prepare is preparing for failure".

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