When you were little, you knew EXACTLY who you were and what was right for you. You were on a mission: you were alert, focused, intent, but your body was relaxed. If someone tried to keep you from accomplishing your goal, you screamed. In fact you didn’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. You worked hard all day, but it felt like play.
This is exactly what my clients are yearning for: connection, passion, love, play, belief in their abilities, joy and meaning. This is what it feels like when you are living your best life and doing what you were meant to do. Whether we call this your essential self, your original genius, or your inner wisdom, it is how we are meant to live.
Not once, while trying to master your block tower did you think to yourself, “I really should be learning to walk. I see Kylie is walking already. Sam is talking up a storm and his Mom seems so happy about it. Maybe I should focus on building my vocabulary?”
You NEVER thought, “What’s wrong with me? I used to love trains and now I hardly play with them at all. Why can’t I just stick to one thing?”
You didn’t question your own instincts. “Everyone else seems to playing on the slide. I wonder what’s wrong with me? I just want to tinker with my toys, maybe I should be more like the others?”
You complained loudly when you didn’t get to do what you wanted, but you never thought, “When am I going to get rewarded? I’ve been working my ass off on this macaroni necklace, why isn’t anyone noticing how great it is and compensating me for my time?” It never even dawned on you to ask “What’s in it for me?” You just did the work you knew you were meant to do.
Your Original Genius knows when to rest and when to move on. It doesn’t wait for people to give you permission to do what you KNOW you want to do. It’s driven, passionate, and full of purpose. You KNOW what you love, what your purpose is, and it’s still inside, whispering to you all the time.
Where does this passion and certainty go? Often, it gets left behind at middle school. Adolescence is the time parents see their child’s essence fading into “group think” and “shoulding” (as in, I should be more than I am). It’s normal to want to fit in and be accepted by peers, but as parents, it’s important to help our kids stay connected to the essence of who they are.
Tom went to medical school and was told Primary Care is the wave of the future. Everyone should go into General Medicine, it’s the most responsible & secure choice. Being a responsible guy, Tom complied. Only to find himself miserable wiping noses and diagnosing ear infections all day. Any interesting case that came through his door, he had to refer out. Anyone that knew Tom’s essence, knew he was a specialist. He loved to go an inch wide & a mile deep. Think of the time and money he could have saved if his parents had steered him towards his essence, instead of what was safe & popular? After 5 grumpy years, he went back to med school and is now a brilliant pediatric anesthesiologist and thank goodness! If people are putting my child under the knife I sure as heck want them to living their purpose and doing the job best suited to who they are meant to be.
Imagine a world where EVERYONE is expressing their wisdom, their essence, and their original genius. Your waitress is thrilled to serve you and help you enjoy your dining experience. Your babysitter thinks your children are amazing little creatures and joyfully shares every detail of her time. Your dentist loves inspiring you to take great care of your teeth and creates a relaxing environment you and your children look forward to going to. This is the world I want to live in.
Want to help your teen make good choices, while helping yourself at the same time? Join me on my FREE phone class Tuesday, October 30th at 12noon, PST. Leading Your Teen: Live Your Best Life So Your Teen Will, Too!