"Just do it." - Nike
Years ago, I was talking to my boss on a jobsite in Los Angeles and he said, "Rachel, hate to tell you this...sounds like you've got analysis paralysis."
Nike got it right when they told us to "Just do it."
"Just do it" means take action. Take a risk. Put the fear aside and do what you know you should do to advance your life. Don't let anything or anyone get in your way, especially your self-protective thinking. Your life is about being on a mission, so just plow forward, take the risks, and keep moving. Never stop and certainly never give up!
Our world is in the process of being transformed; everyone can feel the shift that's taking place across the globe. We're going through an evolution on many different levels.
What this means is that it is time for change! It's time for a fresh start to life! It's time to grab the reigns on your life and do what you came here to do!
My dear friend and hero, Ed LaPorta, is about to turn 95 in a few months. Nothing has ever stopped Ed from going after what he wants, and he would tell you the very same thing...live life to the fullest! Dare to live your dreams. Be strong, be brave, and don't worry about a thing.
Just do it!
Live your purpose, Live in peace.
-- Rachel Naddor
Rachel age 5, back row, 3rd from left
Your unique life purpose was revealed to you at a young age.
Think back in time...what were the significant events in your life? How were you different from others? What was your family like?
It's the things that have made you different from others that give you clues as to your ultimate purpose in life.
While we are really all very similar, there are aspects of us that are 100% unique to us. Look at your history and you'll see that there are so many things about you that no one else in the universe shares. That's the great thing...that means that no one else has the same exact life purpose as YOU!
Part of our purpose is to experience the abundance of life. There is enough of everything in the universe to go around to everyone: money, health, happiness....these aren't just reserved for a few special, lucky people. We live in an abundant universe, and the universe wants you to experience the best that life has to offer.
The challenge is that most people don't believe this! And what we believe becomes our reality. You may choose to believe in the potential for a rich life - "rich" meaning an abundance of good things - or you may choose to believe that having what you want is never going to be possible. The choice is yours.
But I'll tell you this: once you have thoroughly examined your set of life experiences, and once you have identified your life purpose and begin acting on it, you will understand why everything you need and want will always be provided for you if you stay on the right path.
It all begins with some travel through time, gently revisiting your past, understanding your roots, and seeing the truth of who you are and why you are here. And the more you live your purpose, the more you will find peace.
-- Rachel Naddor
Graduation day at Duke University 1988
A few weeks before I graduated with my civil engineering degree from Duke University, I admitted to one of my professors that what I really wanted to do was own a flower shop. I wanted to be a florist, not an engineer.
Professor Biswas responded to me, "Rachel, if that's what you really want to do, DO IT NOW!"
Did I listen to him? NO!
But thankfully I didn't wait too long. 2 years later, I quit my stable, lucrative job as an environmental engineer with Exxon, and immediately took a job that paid $5 an hour as a cashier at a local plant nursery as my next step. I ran the register, I swept the floors, and my boss was a girl who hadn't finished high school. I had some savings and I had a plan.
That is called being on the path to your purpose. Owning a flower shop wasn't my ultimate purpose, not even close to it, but working at that plant nursery was the next stepping stone. Boy, they even sold stepping stones there!
So how about you? Did you ever really want to be or do something but the world around you gave you a million reasons why it was a bad idea?
If there's something you really want to do, DO IT NOW! Don't let your life slip by. Find your courage and take that next step on the path to your purpose.