Business Leaders, Success…and Purpose

Book Excerpt from Living with Certainty: Experience Deep-Soul Joy by Kristi LeBlanc – Introduction – Pages xiv – xvi

I’ve learned much about spirituality throughout my career in business consulting. You may think business and spirituality to be a strange combination. However, our careers are an intrinsic part of our lives, and should be interconnected with our essence. To take this concept a step further, our livelihoods should be aligned with our soul’s Earthly purpose if we’re to experience lasting joy and fulfillment. Your occupation was never intended to be solely a paycheck, or an avenue to power or prominence. Certainly, you don’t want to spend your days toiling away at an activity you dislike. No one does. Rather, your life’s work should be an expression of purposeful authenticity that allows you to experience personal joy, growth, and enlightenment while also serving the universe in an inimitable way. Your work takes up most of your waking hours, so it’s essential that you spend your time expressing your natural passions and aptitudes.

Through thousands of conversations, I consistently observed vast differences in people relative to feelings of success and failure, joy and pain, and fulfillment and frustration. Who am I? … What do I really have to offer? … How can I get more joy and satisfaction from my job? … Why isn’t this working for me? … What should I really be doing? … How can I make a more significant contribution? How can I make more money? To my surprise, while roughly half of the individuals I met were extremely content, purpose-driven, and fulfilled, the other half with similar wealth and positional power were completely disenchanted and distraught over their career and life paths. Although the majority of these executives were equally polished and accomplished, the truly fulfilled and passionate people had a higher level of energy, originality, enthusiasm, and spark.

By studying these outwardly successful people, the following points became obvious: 1) success is relative and you must define what it means to you, never accepting someone else’s definition, and 2) your personal sense of achievement and success comes only from the extent to which you experience joy and fulfillment in your life. Over time, I discovered that the essential difference was that the fulfilled individuals were expressing and satisfying their soul’s purpose and authenticity. They innately knew how to empower themselves through the daily—and even moment-to-moment—application of enlightened life skills that supported the expression of their purposeful authenticity. This naturally led to the experience of their deep-soul joy.

It became clear to me that we must all begin more deeply contemplating our lives and how we spend our time. We must consciously choose our “work” only after much deliberation, discussion, and thought from a far broader and deeper perspective than our current process. Over time, I developed my Living with Certainty philosophy and began to share with others this practical spiritual solution to daily life, including career management, with the goal of simplifying the achievement of purposeful authenticity, fulfillment, and deep-soul joy.

Even if you choose for one reason or another not to have a career, you must decide how you are going to express your purposeful authenticity. It is our work—including parenting, hobbies, and service— that allows us to express our Earthly purpose and to experience self-actualization. If the word “work” carries a negative connotation for you, it’s a sure sign that you’ve not yet aligned your work with your soul’s Earthly purpose. You cannot be at your happiest and most fulfilled when your work requires that you leave behind your joy, authenticity, creativity, and talents. When you figure out how to articulate your purposeful authenticity in your work, you’re expressing the aspect of your self and soul that is intended to be developed, shared, and explored in your Earthly life. Further, you are naturally contributing in uniquely original and purposeful ways that allow you to experience a purposeful, fulfilling, and joyous life path—the life the universe always intended for you to live.

Exploring Your Self and Soul

While life in our universe is indubitably mysterious and profound, it’s clear to me that our Earthly journeys are intended for exploring ourselves and our souls, not merely for accumulating possessions, or being perpetually battered as if living through a torrential storm. Your life’s adventure should unquestionably include discovering your various dimensions, including your purpose, potentiality, and passions. The essential first step is to open your mind and awareness to the notion that you are spirit as well as mind and body, and to initiate the revelation of your inspired soul-view. This is the 360-degree, panoramic view of the life your soul entered into Earthly physicality to experience. Think of it as the profound, unspoken, innermost inspiration that fills your awareness with authenticity, inspiration, and purpose. Your direction for full participation in a life that expresses your purposeful authenticity will become clear. You can and will create profound and joyful change in your life.

 

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