Life is Calling … Only You Can Answer

What happens when what you feel is SO INTENSE that you can’t dismiss it? It’s so powerful; if you ignore it, the noise only becomes louder …

A friend of mine is going through this. Life is calling her, more and MORE everyday. She shuffles through all the possibilities. Overwhelmed by the options. Excited by the prospect of something new. Considering living in other countries. Aware that “running from her problems” won’t solve them. Although in her mid twenties, she is calling it a “mid life crisis” (although humorous, she’s not joking – it’s real for her). As this noise gets louder, it drowning out the opinions of others & her own logical mind. She’s now tapping into something bigger then her. Although scary & unfamiliar grounds, it’s the gateway to a life of possibility!

After all “new inputs = new outputs”.

(Maybe this is true for you too …)

As someone who is familiar with this process … it seems others turn down this voice, not believing in their worth as a human-being or simply saying “next time”. This friend however is fortunate, she’s listening to it. With commitment, great reward can come for her, more then she even knows. Some might say the “fruits of life”. If you’ve seen or read “The Secret”, it’s like that, but real life, not some mystical thing.

For me, finding & honouring this voice is the very reason I’m committed to being more everyday. Also why I strive to be more open & authentic on my blog every entry (scary as it is sometimes). The voice is the most powerful “thing” I’ve ever found; it’s all inside me. Just like your voice is inside you … it’s not in your friends, family, coaches, teachers … anyone else, although they might help you find it. It’s 100% in you.

Finding your voice —> where to start?

As mentioned above, your voice is 100% in you, which means yes … it starts & ends with you. Here are some questions to consider …

  • Why are you here?
  • What draws passion out of you?
  • What do you want out of life?

(take some time to be with these questions … the answers may be elusive, but they’re very valuable)

* Tip: look at times in your life where you’ve “swam downstream”, where things happened easily. Life doesn’t need to be hard, that’s something we create.

Here’s what’s true for me …

“A large part of my “why” is fueled by the loss of my father, in addition to a deepening appreciation for life. It’s through this experience, I know life is to short to chase some “dream” unconsciously thinking it’s my passion (something I have done), when it’s more truly the passion of some author or speaker.

Consciously choosing my path is the most rewarding way to live. I can either float around aimlessly in the ocean, associating with “good people” and “cool things” or board the ship-liner of my journey & go for it!”

We’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible. Our potential to be powerful, open & responsible in our life & support others is left mostly untapped. Ego runs rampant in the world. We blame others, trapped as victims, not realizing we have the capacity to change our life experience, which will domino positively into the life of others.  All the potential in this world is latent inside you & me. It’s waiting …

Consider this … you’re one of 6 billion people who’ve been selected to walk the face of this earth, for somewhere between 50-100 years. That’s phenomenal! Someday you will be a part of history. How will you reflect on your life? How will others speak of you?

Will it be in awe & gratitude for what you’ve done, & who you’ve been?

It’s 100% possible, in fact you may already be on that path. Ultimately you know best … that voice will speak 😉

What if you could start this journey today, would you?

I hope so. You deserve it & it’s available!

Email me kyle@kylemcneil.com if you’re looking for guidance on this or simply want to discuss.

All the best,

Kyle

PS – “The DNA of Success” is a great book to consider reading. Zufelt says: “when you’ve found your core purpose, you’ll climb mountains & swim rivers to achieve your goal”. 15 months ago I wasn’t anywhere near this place. It was an incredibly trying time, so lost & nowhere near my purpose. This awareness though, was the first step towards change & ultimately a much more fulfilling life experience. After all isn’t that the point? To LIVE life …

Input leading to Legacy …

The importance of input into our world is so crucial. Brad Wolgamott who I’ve previously alluded to, discusses the input we receive (conversations, emails, radio, etc.) as being so critical because it leads to thoughts, then beliefs and ultimately outputs … or in other words our reality and existence.

More concretely this was the lineage he described …

Input –> Thoughts –> Talks –> Act –> Habit –> Character –> Destiny –> Legacy

The conclusion this leaves me at is … to be a “good little map maker”, one must feed the mind, body & soul with inputs worthy of the outputs I envision.

Published in: on October 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A thought or two – Be The Change

This was a note I posted to facebook in February 2009 , before I started blogging … and it’s something I wanted to archive on my blog …

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Be the change you want to see in the world …

* Did you notice that Fall 2008 was a crazy time?

In October Canada went to the polls and the USA did the same in November. In late November all of this news worthy activity was trumped by talks of a coalition government.

As you’ll recall, this triggered a massive amount of conversation throughout Canada … as much as we’ve seen in years!!

* Pausing briefly …

In October 2008 I spent time in San Francisco, a city that for years has been the core of political activism in the USA. It was remarkable, you’d hop a cable car and some guy would blitz by outside yelling “vote no for prop B”. There were all kinds posters and people flying around supporting their various messages (gay marriage, health care, etc.). Local businesses had cardboard cut outs of Barrack Obama at their front door. Buying political merchandise from street vendors was also available!

Previously I’d only seen this in Forest Gump, haha!

* Back to Canada …

The coalition government was a legitimate concern and I’m happy it generated much discussion. But, was that just a flash in the pan for Canadians involvement in politics? Will we learn something from the Obama campaign and the overall American approach of getting involved & active?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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* Something I’d never done …

As you can likely tell … I do have an opinion (very insightful of you!). In fact I was so unimpressed with our government that I wrote an email to my Member of Parliament. His assistant wrote back and we scheduled a time for me to meet with Mr. Brent Rathgeber, the Conservative MP for St. Albert.

I’d never done anything like this before, but this new experience was worth it. These are the five most interesting things that came from it:

1) Being 26 years old, puts me right in the middle of the 20-30 demographic that is seldom heard from. As a result Brent was quite intrigued to hear my perspectives on a variety of topics. He even started writing down things I mentioned, so that he could look into them.

2) Brent knows the bulk of their party support comes from Canadians 40-60 years of age who have money & own businesses. He said these people have, “reached a point, where they’re not as concerned about saving the world … they’re more concerned about retirement”. He also shared that when our generation (20-30) reaches 40 plus years … his party is in trouble unless they change their ways, specifically as it relates to the environment, b/c there’s a major shift happening there.

3) It was very easy to meet with my MP … they’re normal people too us and really want to hear from their constituents (it’s part of their job). All together I spent 3 hours writing an email, coordinating a meeting time and meeting with my MP … EASY, haha.

4) When I left, it was an incredible feeling … the ability to push for positive change. It was also relieving to be a Canadian that spoke to someone that has the ability to create change (no matter how well your dog listens, ‘Butch’ can’t make those decisions). It’s difficult to describe that feeling, but I do know it felt incredible!!

5) Although I didn’t agree with my MP any more or less than when I came in, I had a greater degree of understanding for what they’re dealing with. It’s a very dynamic role they take on daily.

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* Something to think about …

Do you feel strongly about something? Something you’ve wanted to share for days, months and/or years? If so, writing your councillor, MLA, MP … or whomever has decision making power, is a great way to find resolution (or at least to be heard).

We all have the power to shape our society for the better (and worse if you choose). Talking to those who are there to not only listen (politicians), but institute change is where it starts. If they don’t deliver, we can look at ways to make things happen. An interesting example of an organization in the USA doing exactly that is here … http://pol.moveon.org/sixmonths/?rc=homepage

As Ghandi once said, “be the change you want to see in the world”.

Kyle

P.S. If you 1) feel strong about something and 2) want to do something about it, but haven’t … I’m willing to brainstorm ideas with you to start that. Additionally, if you’re looking for someone to keep you accountable in whatever form, I can help there too. Just send me a message … as long as what you’re wanting to accomplish is moral, ethical & legal I’m fully onboard to help you!

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Great Quotes!

Just had to share …

“Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.”
– Dr. Robert Anthony

“The world can change in an instant. So can the way you choose to see it. Why not choose to see the good in yourself and others.”
– Bob Perks

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