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Sacred Work — ALL of It!
by Debbie Barnett

Each one of us is put here for a specific purpose. Some of us are fortunate enough to get paid for that purpose! It's what the Buddhists call "right livelihood." If you're not there yet, keep searching! The "right" livelihood will come along eventually.

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If you know that what you do for a living is a gift to the world, I invite you to view the work-related things you don't like to do in a new light. Things like, oh, I don't know, SALES, maybe?!! Or prospecting, following up, reporting, admin work, filing, you fill in the blanks.

Let's say your issue is sales. Here's the thing. If you don't ask people to buy your products or services, they won't be able to benefit from them. And then your gift is wasted. When you get caught up in the "I don't want to's" and the "I don't like it's", you're making it about you. It's not about you. Not at all. It's about sharing your gift. You have a responsibility to share that gift, no matter how you feel about some of the aspects of your work. You have to look beyond yourself. WAY beyond!

Your work is sacred. Each interaction is sacred. Moving beyond our comfort zone and doing things we don't like doing is sacred also. Some of my best yogic experiences came when I pushed past my initial resistance.

When you honor every aspect of your work, you'll see things in a whole new light. The "I don't have time!" cry doesn't cut it. Why? Because you MAKE time for the things that are important to you. By honoring the sacredness of what you do and the impact it can have on people, you honor Spirit in your work and in your life. When you show up to the party with gratitude and appreciation for EVERYTHING, ready to share your gifts with whomever shows up, Spirit responds in kind!

Here are a few suggestions on how to overcome those blocks on the less-than-fun stuff so you can get on with the cool things you like to do:

  • Start each day in meditation. Dedicate your work and the day in service to your calling.
  • Get clear on what the big picture is behind why you do what you do. Keep that in mind as you go throughout your day.
  • Set your intention for what you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Set an intention for each call you make, each presentation you give, each connection you make, and every task you set out to do.
  • Realize that it's all part of the process. Think about how that unpleasant task provides a foundation for you to do what you are passionate about.
  • Set aside 10 to 15 minutes to focus exclusively on one task you don't like doing. Often it's procrastination that keeps us stuck.
  • Make a game out of it. See if you can challenge yourself to finish within a certain amount of time, achieve a stretch sales goal, or complete a deadline early.
  • Cultivate a "get to" vs. "have to" attitude. This one thing alone can change everything!

Remember, time and energy are precious commodities. Wasting them by grumbling about the things you don't like to do doesn't make them go away; it just zaps your energy. Put a few of these suggestions to work for you and be open to the outcome. Making it about sharing your sacred gifts with the world goes a long way towards making the world a better place!

About the author:
Debbie works with individuals and organizations who want a unique path to success along with a balance lifestyle. For more information visit:
Phone: (951) 316-9380.

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