Why am I in Argentina until the end of November?
“The more scared we are of our work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”*
Yes I want to learn spanish, tango, salsa, kiteboarding, relax, read a ton, meet some amazing people and have some adventure. Yes, I want to create space for my soul to breathe, my mind to wander, and my heart to dream.
But the core purpose is to confront my resistance and pursue my genius.
Genius is a Latin root word denotes an inner spirit, holy and inviolable, which watches over us, guiding us to our calling.* The taunting shadow of our genius is Resistance(next blog).
Simply, I’m in Buenos Aries to pursue and clarify my calling. To duke it out with myself and with God. To confront the resistance that constrains me from pursuing my unique work or call.
I’ve sensed for years that my deepest purpose or calling is to equip, encourage, and catalyze people to discover and pursue their God-given dreams and calling. To empower and serve others so that fear no longer robs them of their unique gift, their unique contribution to the world.
Yet, I’ve been the one hindered, the one afraid. Afraid of failure. Afraid that no one would read my book (forthcoming), attend my seminars, or listen to my coaching or advice. And I’ve been afraid of success. What if I become really successful and people want me to speak all the time? What if fame and fortune smile upon me and people start having ulterior motives in friendships, romantic relationships, and business?
Ok, so abysmal failure and astounding success are both long shots. Worrying about it is like trying to be the tallest midget. Foolishness I say. Yet fear hinders nonetheless.
But that’s the nature of fear isn’t it? Completely irrational and unlikely. I’ve been really freaking scared for years. So silly isn’t it?
I have no idea how it all will play out. But I know what makes me cry, literally, is when I think about people I know forgoing their God-given calling, their destiny, their unique contribution to this world. They settle for a life that’s realistic, practical, socially acceptable. Yes, we need accountants and yes people have different personality types. For some, the dream is to have stability and predictability. That’s well and good. But I don’t write for them. I’m here to give a breath of fresh air, of new life to the unreasonable.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” –George Bernard Shaw.
What would have happened if Mother Theresa had ignored the voice insider of her, the burning fire for the poor? How would our world have been different if Einstein had accepted the messages he received as a boy that he was learning disabled and wouldn’t amount to much? What if Paulo Coelho listened to his father’s wisdom and pursued a practical life as an engineer instead of one day becoming a prolific author who’s inspired countless millions across the globe?
It’s never too late. Moses began his greatest work at the tender age of 80. The time to pursue your call, your genius is now.
Take a moment and write out the answers to these questions on paper in as much detail as possible. It could change your life.
1. What is the unique work, the burden, the dream you’ve been putting off, or that you’ve buried somewhere deep within?
2. What will happen if you ignore your intuition and bury your dream, trading in your calling for a ‘realistic or reasonable’ life?
3. How many will suffer in your life, your family, and the rest of the world because you gave up?
*From Steven Pressfield‘s magnificent book The War of Art. Must read. Oh and he waited till his late 40s to truly pursue his calling. Now he has a plethora of best selling books including the Legend of Bagger Vance, Tides of War.