There was a brief period somewhere in the middle of my career in the spiritual industry where I had a doubt…
And not just any doubt… this was soul-crushing, back-breaking and gut-wrenching doubt.
Just to give you an idea, here are a few of the greatest hits from my ego playlist: “Am I even making a difference? Is this stuff even helping anyone? Am I just selling snake-oil? Am I a scam artist?” Big stuff here, especially when you’ve been working in the same industry for your entire adult life and you’ve never really known anything else.
At the time, I was working at Hay House Publishing as the Online Media Manager in the Marketing Department. We had just launched an online course with one of their most popular authors and here I was having a crisis of spirit! I remember sitting at my desk in my cluttered cubicle desperately trying to focus on sending an email and I was frozen with fear because I was convinced that I was on the wrong path…
Maybe somewhere along the way I had drifted off course. That maybe my parents had been right and I should have become a doctor. That maybe this whole thing had been one big mistake. I clearly remember thinking to myself, “If I could just have a sign —some tangible way to know for sure if I’m doing the right thing with my life— I would be able to jump in all the way and everything would be fine.”
This is where it gets weird and wonderful. I heard a new e-mail alert pinging from my laptop and it shook me out of my personal crisis long enough to notice the sender. It was from a member of the Hay House Customer Care Team with the subject line: “thought you would want to see this…”
I clicked the message and began to read an e-mail from a perfect stranger that would change the direction of my whole life in an instant.
I got about two lines into that e-mail and I started to get choked up. By line three I was weeping. And not a restrained Oscar-worthy single tear either. It was a full-on ugly man cry with a couple of sobs for good measure.
I was crying for a couple of reasons. First out of relief that the work I was doing actually helped someone. And second, because I had asked the Universe for a sign and I had actually received one.
I was crying because I knew with total certainty for the first time ever, that from that day forward my life was going to be about helping people… and it continues to be.
I can’t wait for you to have that special moment… where your mission and your passion align to create your true life purpose. When you finally meet your Joanne and have a “bawl your eyes” out moment filled with certainty, relief and joy. And I’m so honored to be even just a small part of it.
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