What I learned about my mission from The Alchemist

I picked up a copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho yesterday and couldn’t put the book down until I finished it (it’s been a long time since I read a book in one day). It is a beautiful story and that quote seems to stand out to me. It had me thinking, what is it that I want? I mean, truly want? What am I chasing that is bigger than myself; what is it that I am willing to walk to through the desert for, to make my own decisions about, and to not stop even if I am tested by the universe. I realized that it is the exact journey I am on right now…

I am on a mission to work with Powerful Men to help them remember how powerful they are, so they can then follow their true passions; they’re own mission.

It has been a path I didn’t know I was on for quite some time, and took its form in many ways.

It brought me through construction. This taught me to start thinking and planning ahead, seeing creations in my mind before they were physically real. It taught me to trust in my own body, to work until physical exhaustion day in and day out. It taught me to think bigger and take on leadership roles. It also taught me that it wasn’t my mission to stay there, and to never be content just because you are great at it. It taught me to listen to what my heart was saying.

It brought me through financial planning. This taught me to believe in myself, that I can take on something completely new and that it was okay! It taught me to build relationships with strangers, to get out and to network with other people, though the introvert in me didn’t want to go out to large crowds of strangers. It taught me to stay focused in continuing to learn as I went from my own perceived image of “the carpenter” with no post-secondary education, to a business professional with, now, two designations and six letters behind my name. It taught me to hold my own space, no matter who was across the desk from me, whether it be a 20-something looking to just make sense of finance, or CEO’s of 8-9 figure businesses. It even brought up a lesson from before: it wasn’t my mission to stay there, and to never be content just because you are great at it. It reminded me, yet again, to listen to what my heart was saying.

It brought me to incredible people in my life that have and will forever change it; if you’re reading it, you’re one of them.

Once all of these lessons were learned, it finally led me to Coaching. Funny enough, this was a path that I resisted for several years. Now I know, I just wasn’t ready for it yet and there were more lessons to be learned before I could step into it.

Now, I am here. I know that this is it: to take ALL of those lessons and begin to walk through my own desert as I search to find my treasure. I work with Powerful Men to help them remember how powerful they are, so they can then follow their true passions; they’re own mission. It has already started, examples include World Class Athletes, Authors/Writers, Entrepreneurs, Government Employees, and Powerful Coaches. And this is the tip of the iceberg.

So I ask, Men, really think about this.

What is it that you want? I mean, truly want? What are you chasing that is bigger than yourself; what is it that you are willing to walk to through the desert for, to make your own decisions about, and to not stop even if you are tested by the universe?