Every other week, on my way back from dropping my daughter off at school outside town, I always stop off to breathe in the fresh morning air and spectacular view of the Plain of Lleida. It renews me, inside and out and makes me ready to continue my journey through life towards my goals.
This morning was particularly special. The fiery pre-dawn glow on the horizon had aready given me a special feeling as I peered from my bed through the window – I’ll never tire of that and will miss it when the fog finally covers the town in a mysterious icy blanket in the coming weeks. From my balcony I had seen a narrow but dense band of fog hanging over the river, a single factory roof peering over from beyond the fringe.
The so-far benign autumn has finally brought a real chill to the air and the trees – especially the many fruit trees – are ablaze with colour. As we drove up the hill out of the plain and descended again into the hilly landscape beyond, we found ourselves passing in and out of a bank of low cloud, the mass of vines shrouded but still penetrating the fog with their autumn colours. Having kissed my daughter goodbye with as much positive energy as I could transfer, I headed back, into a truly magical scene, the cloud pierced here and there by the still warm sun, now shining straight onto my face.
As I stood on the top of the hill and looked down on the town and the surrounding plain, with its layers of mist and deeper pools of low cloud and fog, I determined to make the last preparations for my new journey towards my Life Purpose, starting with this post. I have had a calling since I was 14, perhaps even earlier, when I experienced the joy of receiving a baby brother into my life aged 5. That calling to help others soon became a mission to help others help themselves.
Over the last few years I have been reading more and more about personal development and growth. And as I read, I’ve always thought “well, I already do that instinctively”. What I lacked are specific tools and the self-discipline to clarify and work towards what I really want to achieve with my life. Or rather, how to achieve what I know I have to do. I knew I wanted to work for myself, to have a business that generated enough for me to be independent and so to be able to help others achieve their own independence. Now I realise that a major part of that is helping people grow themselves and experience the clarity and joy that brings. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, this realisation has come through my time teaching English: my instinct to work on my students’ underlying lack of confidence and feed their desire to communicate better and more easily.
It has been very challenging allowing my true nature and purpose to emerge and be seen and I know most of us go through the same. We go through life trying to please everyone or be someone we think people will like or want us to be. While I have always worn my heart on my sleeve, I have been afraid to use words like “spiritual” for fear of being labelled. In “real life” I am now surrounded by people with whom I am not afraid to show this and now I am opening up for everyone to see, so that you can all see and hopefully be inspired by my own journey of self-discovery and purpose.
This is just the beginning. I am working on my own personal growth courses which I will begin to run here in Lleida soon, following which I will produce audio recordings for the web and start various other online initiatives to support my offline work and reach a wider audience. It will be the convergence of everything I have learnt, my own techniques I have developed and the amazing results I have already achieved. From eliminating limiting and negative beliefs to attracting the people and experiences you want, and from goal-setting to discovering your life purpose (which may simply be to be remembered for who you really are!)
Crucially, it will make use of my experience in business and draw on my growing success in the field of social responsibility and ethical business through the website I have built with my father, www.applied-corporate-governance.com, which is now approaching 20,000 visits a month. I want to combine the two with some training and mentoring in the area of Social Entrepreneurship, as that is the basis on which I am building my businesses.
It’s taken a while to get this far and I know there is a long road ahead. I intend to live it to the full and invite you to do the same.