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Finding What Lights You Up Inside

If you’re at a crossroads, feeling stuck, or feeling pulled in a thousand directions, stop and ask yourself: What lights you up inside?

Whenever I start veering off course, I have to remind myself of this question as well. I’m writing book #2. It’s called Find Your Divine Rhythm and Unique Mission: Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life. Yes, there’s an acronym in there that spells DRUM.

With a new book comes new speaking opportunities and more drumming (I sneak drumming into just about every talk I do.). Being in front of a crowd lights me up inside. God guides my words and the program and we take it from there.

At first, I tried to avoid this path. It felt comfortable to stay behind the scenes and just book bands and concerts or do biz coaching. Telling my story and drumming with people? That was really outside of my comfort zone. I thought people would think I was nuts. Now, I don’t really care. That’s one benefit of age. Lol! I figure life’s short so why the heck not?

Filtering through the noise

How can you finally follow your passion…and stick with it? Loads of people will try to deter you or try to get you to help THEM move their dream forward. This is great if you’re a behind-the-scenes person. Not so great if you’re not or if you have a big vision.

So, what idea keeps coming back to you? What (or who) keeps finding you? This could be a certain target market, different opportunities, companies, etc.

In order to honor your calling, you need to:

1) Filter through the noise. I had to ignore people who had different ideas for my business or my book. Those ideas just weren’t a good fit for who I am or where I am at this stage of my life. Get clear and focus. What’s your heart telling you? If you’re a person of faith, what’s God telling you?

2) Reduce your social media intake. Too much info coming at you at lightning speed can make your brain freeze up and stop you in your tracks. It’s also a colossal time-sucker!

Next steps

Don’t leave that idea or dream on the back burner! The excuses of no time or money are just that: excuses. There are inexpensive and easy solutions. You may just not be aware of them because you’ve been trying to figure out everything yourself!

Consider this: I started Rock the Next Stage with only $40. I was severely injured and in extreme pain after a freak accident that sent my life into a tailspin. I started offering online coaching and consulting first, along with a little bit of therapeutic drumming because that’s all I could physically do. I could only work a few hours a day but it was a start.

Start with what you have, where you are, right NOW! If you need help or encouragement, please reach out! I offer complimentary, 30-min. strategy sessions via phone, Skype, or Zoom. Snag your slot here.

So…what lights you up inside? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Founder & CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at Rock the Next Stage. She is a coach and mentor for creatives, musicians, and Christian entrepreneurs. Dori is also a motivational speaker, a drum chick, podcast host, and a best-selling author with an amazing bounce-back story. To contact Dori, click here.