About 3 years ago a friend invited me to do an exercise which involved imagining that I had six months left to live and what I would do with my life in those last six months.
Before I did the exercise I assumed that if I had six months left to live I would spend my last six months with my loved ones. Duh. It was a no brainer.
But still I did the exercise and was very surprised to see, in my mind’s eye, the image of me wearing a travel backpack and a big smile on my face.
It shocked me.
Is that really how I would spend my last six months on this planet?! Exploring it? What about my loved ones?!
In spite of the inner questioning I let that image sit with me for a few weeks and I could feel that, indeed, travel with a backpack was a heart’s desire of mine. A heart’s desire that was not being fulfilled.
It was hard to imagine leaving my business (and my life) for a few months. However, I knew that was what I had to do otherwise this heart’s desire that was clearly expressing itself to me would act out negatively in my business (and my life).
It’s been my experience that when we know that we have a heart’s desire and we aren’t taking active steps to make that desire happen, the ‘not taking action’ affects every area of our life, including our business.
It’s not pretty when that happens.
So 2 years ago I began to plan a 2.5 month trip for 2010. I had a lot of fear about leaving my pet sitting business even though my managers are so very competent and amazing. I knew my business would be in good hands but still I had the fear.
I’m so aware that the real goodies in business and life come from feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
Knowing that didn’t ease the fear though!
But still I took the actions to make the trip happen. I went on my trip and I had an incredible time and everything went well in the business. I even extended my time for an extra month.
When I got back last year I knew I wanted to do it again. This time for 5 months.
So here I am!
I’m in Bali writing this to you now. I’ve been traveling for nearly 4 months and have 5 weeks left.
It’s been an incredible journey.
I’ve been doing a little work while I’m traveling: I’m writing my second book for pet sitters and dog walkers. I’m planning on having my second book available in December 2011. More later!
I will be offering coaching sessions again in early August and will be offering a teleclass in August as well.
In future blog posts I will be including some tips to getting to your own heart’s desire and how your business can support.
Wishing you a wonderful month of June. 🙂
Founder, Six-Figure Pet Sitting Academy