I was watching a talk by Vishen Lakhiani of MindValley a few nights ago. It was a very uplifting and inspirational video, but one question he asked the viewer to consider really impacted on me.
“What would you do if you knew you would succeed, and had a decade to pull it off?”
I liked this question a lot, so after the talk finished I went to my notebook and did some free writing around it. I was astonished to discover that in my imagination, in 10 years I can alter the course of humanity and the planet by helping people reconnect with their breath through my mission to
“inspire one million women across the world to improve their health and happiness through the transformative power of the breath“
This may be a far fetched idea, but the point of the exercise isn’t to make a 10 year plan, it is to open the mind up to the possibilities that are actually available to us.
I may not actually be able to save the human race through my work, but you never know, and even if I don’t, what IS possible if I do the work I feel called to do anyway, and see what happens?
The Niyama of Ishwara Pranidhana tells us that we have to surrender the results of our actions to the Divine (God, Universe, Fate, Destiny…whatever word you are comfortable with). As Swami Gitananda taught, “Do your Best, and leave the rest”. Do the work you are called to do, and trust that the impact it has in the world will be the impact the world needs.
In the Bhagavad Gita, we are taught that we can claim the right to our actions, to the work we do, we do not have the right to own the results. The work we do should be for the sake of the work, not for the sake of how we will gain from it.
This is the foundation of a ‘mission based life’. A concept personified by artists, entrepreneurs and children. Children don’t do things because they are expecting a certain result, they do things because they want to do them, because they want to see what will happen.
Entrepreneurs devote their life, their money, their time, their energy to their mission and dreams, hope they will be rewarded for it, but work for the love of it. Owen Morgan of World Health Heroes is my current huge inspiration for this idea – he has a vision and a mission and he gives everything he has to make it happen, the money he is bringing into the business is going directly to a Foundation he has created.
Creatives don’t create in the hope of fame and fortune, they create because their soul demands it. In 1972, an experimental animation created by sculptor Ian Emes, to accompany the Pink Floyd track ‘One of these Days’ changed both his career and the artistic direction the band took in their lives shows. When Emes made that animation, he wasn’t doing it for that purpose, he had no idea that the band would even know about it. He wanted to see if he could do it, and simply created. Had he had any inkling that it would have the impact that it would, I am sure it would have changed the nature of the creation, it would have lost some of its natural feeling.
What in your life do you do just because you are called to do it, because your soul demands it, because you don’t feel whole if you don’t do it? That thing you do is your soul calling to you, listen and enjoy the process! Let me know in the comments what you do just because you wouldn’t be you if you didn’t?