Loving who you are, expressing who you are, naturally showing up as who you are wherever you are - in other words, simply being yourself - feels good. This place comes from an inner confidence.
You are connected to what gives you energy and what doesn't. You know your values. You recognize your feelings, allow yourself to experience them, and deeply investigate their message for you. You understand that emotions are a vehicle through which your soul talks to you. You can say yes or no as your boundaries are clear. A dance occurs with Life. You are in the zone of love - engaged and alive.
During these economic times, there appears to be a shift occurring which has this kind of authenticity become even more important. People are realizing that the accumulation of stuff doesn't bring fulfillment. The expression of our natural talents, developing them into real strengths, and tapping into them to contribute to others around us does bring a whole new level of fulfillment. When we naturally express ourselves - in other words, when we are in the flow - the money that we need magically comes.
Finding work that expresses our authentic selves becomes more important than money which is simply one of many currencies. As a coach, I can't tell you how often I've been with a client through the Inner Confidence process who really 'got' the myth that money brings happiness once they made a lot of it.
Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs lists basic needs (food, shelter) at the lowest rung of the ladder, next is safety where money generally lies, after that is love and belonging, then esteem and, lastly, self-actualization. The amount of money that brings a level of security/safety is different for everyone. It's important to ask yourself the question - what is wealth to you? Where does real security lie for you?
For many in these vulnerable times, the self-actualization stage is drawing them to personal growth. Supposedly, the sale of self-help books is skyrocketing. People want to be grounded and authentic, now more than ever.
I invest in myself with time, energy and, yes, money with the intention to be grounded in who I naturally am. The dance of Life will take care of itself as I listen to my Inner Guidance. I will know the next step for me because I am alert and in the present - in tune with myself. Step by step - listening, connected to myself, understanding myself, expressing myself - I trust the process of my Life.
Jeannie Campanelli, Ed.D, CPCC, is deeply committed to sparking the hearts of women and men to experience an inner confidence - that sense of wholeness, aliveness, and serenity that comes from deeply knowing yourself, fully accepting the lightness and darkness of being human, and living freely by standing in your own truth.
In her coaching practice, Jeannie leads groups and works one-on-one with an international clientele. To find out more about Jeannie, please visit her websites, www.innerconfidencecoaching.com and www.coachingcircles.ca
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