May you always pursue the narrow path, a life that calls for something more. And not perfection, but fulfillness…something deeper beyond the shore. — Morgan Harper Nichols
Feeling is believing
Raise your hand if you’ve had the desire to chase an idea, passion or quiet calling, and you immediately thought:
“It’s not practical.”
“It probably won’t make money, so why bother?”
“People will think I’m insane!”
Our mind likes to see things before believing that they are possible. We crave proof in order to follow our heart and intuition…but sometimes you just need to let go and believe the feeling in your gut.
From a young age, we’re given labels by teachers, parents, and other influential figures. They attempt to steer us in a direction because they hold a vision of how we can succeed. And because we’re rewarded for doing what they want, we reinforce these labels ourselves…but this causes us to lose sight of our true calling, and the more we let others do our thinking for us, the further we drift away from purpose.
What labels have you been given in life, what did people tell you you were good at? Are you still living these labels?
Your call to action
A calling isn’t something to be figured out. It can only be revealed. When trying to uncover your calling, many people think about what they can do to get results — what they envision for themselves and what they think they should do. But a better way to look at it is to assess all of your accumulative experiences, skills, and interests over time.
You may not see the value in where you are now, but all of your experiences, jobs, relationships, struggles, decisions, and diversions up until now are the messy ingredients that you bring to the table, to create your “zest-factor”. If you’re judging yourself and where you’re at, understand that you’re not a failure or different—your past holds the key ingredients you’ve stashed in your backpack, on the journey to becoming your ultimate self.
No one can re-create you and that is incredibly valuable. Stop looking for that one moment, that one thing, because it doesn’t usually happen that way. You have to make small steps, test things, fail, and accumulate over time. Experience is the best teacher we have.
Answer the call
The hardest thing to listen to is your instincts and your intuition—because they come in whispers.
When I first heard the whisper of Zesty Life, I immediately judged it as impractical and an irresponsible use of my time. But like a really irritating salesperson, sometimes when they keep calling, you take a moment to hear what they have to say.
When I indulged my Zesty Life fantasy, I felt energized and slipped into flow through writing, creating, and deep conversations with friends, and I felt more aligned with purpose. What I create is a raw snapshot of my soul — and there’s something intensely satisfying about that. We’re all searching for ways to be happier and more satisfied in life, and I truly believe the answer is within you…you just need to get quiet and listen.
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can
Once you answer the call, you’ll need to train your belief muscle. This includes a daily practice of believing in yourself. Everything in your life is a result of your belief in yourself and the belief that it’s possible. Thoughts are powerful manifestors of our reality.