Lead With What You Love

August 15, 2010 | 16 Comments »

It’s nice to switch things up on occasion, and I’m practicing that here today.

Instead of writing first and then finding a photo to accompany the article, I’m starting with the photo.

It feels like another way to let Fun lead!

In fact, that’s why I’m so glad my marketing guy hasn’t gotten much done this summer.  He’s been busy skydiving, which is a major love in his life.

(He’s in Florida right now celebrating his 18 year old niece’s birthday by taking her on her first skydive!)

We deliberate creators know how important it is to make plenty of room for our passions and interests in life. That’s who I want investing in my business!  A guy who’s fully engaging what he loves.

It’s why I regularly encourage my sweetie here at home to get his golf time in.  Competitive golf is what he loves and does almost every day, weather permitting.  (And he’s not afraid to get on the course in blazing heat or signs of snow, so his season is long.)

I know the more he does what he loves, the better boyfriend he is.

Because it’s important to lead with joy; to go with what’s fun; follow the laughs; and indulge our inner child.

It’s not just a rewarding way to live in and of itself, but it also creates powerful vibrational alignment lining us up with what we’ve been wanting.

So when I lead with the fun (and for me, different is fun), and look for the photo that inspires the words, this “shaft of light in the storm” picture got my attention.

It reminds me how easy it is for us to see things differently.

One might see it as tumultuous and stormy; another as hope and divinity.  Like half empty vs. half full, right?

Like the difference between these two dogs tonight …

… after finishing his steak treat for dinner, Koda is over here rolling on his back with the kind of satisfaction that makes him look like he’s died and gone to heaven.

While Joe, on the other hand, is sniffing around anxiously to see if he missed some.  No matter how much he eats or how good the meal, Joe is always looking for more.

In fact, Russ suggested I not waste any steak on Joe since he doesn’t taste it anyway.  “Toss him a fry and he won’t know the difference.”

I have to admit he might be right.

Which makes me wonder, where do I gobble down the goods without properly noticing or appreciating them?  When do I look for more instead of being full with what already is?

I want to be the one who draws out the enjoyment and maximizes the pleasure, quick to laugh for any reason, and the last one out of the pool … but I do see lots of Joe in me, with a gift for spotting the problem in the midst of the pleasure and a quick eye for how things could be better.

So, if there’s a point to this post, it’s that there doesn’t always need to be a point, other than having fun.

Do what you love for fun’s sake; not because it’s where the money is.  Do it because it appeals, not because it makes sense or is what you’re supposed to do.

Listen to your heart, don’t take it too seriously, and be sure to enjoy your steak.  😉

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16 Responses to “ Lead With What You Love ”

  1. Esp when you’re anxious about taking action. Duly noted & off to eat cupcakes and read at the beach!

  2. Yay for cupcakes and beaches, Tia! Sounds like you’re well aware of how to lead with what you love!

  3. Zoe Routh says:

    I love this part: “there doesn’t always need to be a point, other than having fun.” That’s right! So when I dress up for a fancy dress party, or buy a wig, or dance in the supermarket – there is no point but to have fun.

    Tia – I want some of your cupcakes!!

  4. Dancing in the supermarket – Zoe, I want to shop with YOU. lol

    Kids have that pretty much nailed, don’t they? Having fun with no point other than having fun. You two are embodying these gifts quite nicely, I will say!

    Thanks for commenting, Zoe. 🙂

  5. Monica says:

    Great post, Jeannette! It’s giving me the germ of an idea . . . I have to wrap my head around it. It could be just what I was looking for (along with Nancy’s placemat process)!

    Woo hoo! Thanks a bundle!

  6. I want to hear more about your idea, Monica. Share with me, please, when/if it’s time to!

  7. Mitch says:

    I love that picture, and this is a great post too!

    I was chuckling today as I realized that I was finding better feeling thoughts, not in order to manifest anything, but because I was just tired of feeling crappy. lol Life is awesome when we feel good now. And it’s a happy side effect that doing so brings us even more cool stuff to be happy about!

  8. Ha, Mitch! That’s inspiration that works too, I guess, huh? Just for the sake of not feeling crappy any more. lol

    I’m glad that realization made you chuckle, too. It sure did me!! ha ha

  9. Amy says:

    oooooo… I like this one. Very inspired!

  10. Nathaniel says:

    I have been doing this my wholelife. That is why all I wanted to take was art clases in high school and started to major in art in college only to change to a theatre major because I found theatre to be even more fun than art. I love theatre because it is play. I play characters in plays. I also have been really into games my whole life. I love sports games, board games, art games, and theatre games. I am also really into movies and televsison because they are so fun. And I really love to dance. I have a reputation for dancing like a beast at parties and weddings. I’ll even dance naked. Everyone that doesn’t know me thinks I am super drunk but I don’t drink or do drugs at all. A long time ago I made a pact with myself that I don’t need to drink because I can act as silly and have just as much fun if not more fun than anyone drinking. Its all a mental attitude. I can channel the drunken energy. Anyway, I just wanted to share that for the fun of writing the post.

  11. Thanks, Amy!

    And Nathaniel, you might be our new Poster Boy for FUN!!!

    I really like your style, and appreciate that you’re giving us a glimpse of it here.

    You are definitely walking the talk!! 🙂

  12. Jennifer Aligning says:

    Your post is timely to a recent decision that I made.

    Setup: my kids are both at camp all week. It is the first week all summer that I have had to myself! Such bliss: five straight days of uninterrupted time to write and work!

    But wait: yes, work is good, especially five potential days of it. But I’ve decided to do more fun things too; other things that bring me joy! Yesterday I met for a great discussion with fellow LOA-ers. Today I had lunch with my mom. Thursday I will be hiking all day with a friend. I am happy, I am joyful, and….I am happily writing and working too. I feel GREAT, and it’s only Tuesday!

    Oh joyful week! 🙂

  13. WOO HOO, Jennifer!!

    That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!

    Joyful week indeed!

    You are an inspiration, girlfriend. Thanks for sharing this here!! 🙂

  14. Barbara says:

    Jeannette, This one really strikes a chord with me! I love fun! Hugs, Barbara

  15. Very cool post, thanks Jeannette! Delighted to have found you via Lin 🙂

    Can totally relate to supporting your boyfriend’s sport, despite my husband’s being hectic – enduro racing. The secret for sure is in how much he loves it, still, in his fifties!

    Love the exquisite image too, and the way it leads. Not to mention, it’s always a pleasure to read about dogs…you’re a treat!

  16. petecito says:

    I led with playing handball with my daughter in the middle of the school yard the other week, amongst 600 other kids filing in and to the amazement of other parents.

    I was a lone parent and didn’t care, I was having fun and so was my daughter (she didn’t want me to leave!)

    What’s that saying ‘dance like there’s no-one around …’?

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