I was speaking recently with Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Blogs .  As she quizzed me about the things that were most important to me, I realized that I was having difficulty answering certain of her questions. I was responding automatically rather than from the heart. She called me on it, and that started me down a path of thinking that led to an interesting “Ah-ha!”:

I haven’t updated myself on my passions. Doesn’t that sound silly? It sounds really silly coming from someone who is constantly teaching others how to do it. I have excuses and explanations, of course, but that doesn’t really help me with business development.
Bottom line: I have to continually fall in love with my business in order to keep it healthy and viable. When you’ve been in business for a long time, it’s easy to do things well, but by rote. By staying current with what excites you about your work and your clients, you continue to invest yourself honestly and passionately in what matters to you most.

I have to admit that I’m beyond the days of being fascinated by “ordinary clutter”. Today my heart is in helping people deal with life stage transitions and the stuff that moves with them: down-sizing, retiring, moving, aging in place, separating real memorabilia from recycling and trash, creating new spaces and environments that reflect who you are today and that encourage you to move into tomorrow.

And as I get clearer, I get new ideas. I can see now that I won’t be content just writing a book and blog; I need to be out there, coaching, interacting, and doing the kind of creative organizing that is fulfilling to me now. I need to keep making a difference, one-on-one.

6 Responses to "Honesty and Passion"

  1. Lauren

    January 16, 2008

    I love discoveries like that. Go you! 🙂

  2. sunny

    January 16, 2008

    Yes, this one was with you in mind. 😉

  3. Liz Strauss

    January 16, 2008

    You’re making a difference where it really counts. I can see that. 🙂

  4. sunny

    January 17, 2008

    Thank you, Liz, from the heart.

  5. colleen

    January 17, 2008

    I like to review my passions at the year change. I just don’t call them resolutions. In the past I put the date in the center of a page in circle and then brainstormed a mind map or family tree of what I wanted more of. This year I’ve only been thinking it. My paper journal is getting rusty.

  6. sunny

    January 17, 2008

    I agree with you, Colleen. I don’t like the word “resolutions” either, but I adore mind maps! Great idea. 🙂

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