Life Tools: Birthing Passion to Birthing
Every great and growing moment of my life was inspired by a deep-seated
passion from within -first a dream, next a vision, then a belief
in the possibility of being.
Looking back, I recall this familiar experience first when my
Aunt Marie and Uncle Don bought two horses. Only a short walk
away, I began to observe the horses and their graceful power in
motion - and I dreamed I was riding. I was only seven, but my
dream was ageless, limitless, and powerful. Within one year I
What dream did you bring into being as a child?
In my early twenties, disillusioned about my short-lived college
experience, and the lonely feeling that I was different
I dreamed of life in the wilderness. I dreamed of Alaska. When
my father offered to take me with him on a trip to the Alaskan
arctic, I jumped at the opportunity. While there, I was captured
by the seemingly endless wilderness, the inner beauty and wisdom
of the native Inupiaq people, and the moment-to-moment adventure.
While in Barrow, I dreamed of working there - experiencing the
people, the culture. I saw myself working at the Naval Arctic
Research Laboratory. I applied for a job. Within four months I
was there - caring for twenty-six arctic wolves and eating muktuk
with the Inupiaq people. It was an opportunity for which I will
forever be grateful.
Toward what opportunity have you jumped?
My father always said that most millionaires had invested in
real estate throughout their lifetime. I never felt passion for
money, but I did find myself attracted to architecture, restoration,
and re-creation. I always loved looking at old houses with my
mother. When we came home, we would go our separate directions
with pencil and paper in hand, each becoming our own architect
and estimator, listing our ideas of what would make the property
magnificent. We would then estimate the values on each construction
project. When complete, we would come back together and compare
our ideas! It's amazing how often we thought alike. And then
there were the gifts of our unique creative ideas, when merged
that were outstanding! I loved looking at houses. I envisioned
myself in real estate. With a little research, I realize that
it was possible for me to get into the business. By the age of
25 I was selling real estate. By age 28, I was a successful broker
and of course - owned my own home.
What have you always loved doing?
From my 15 years of being in real estate, not as a sales person,
but as a caring service-oriented person, dedicated to help people
live their dreams
I recognized the importance of being aware
of personal values and needs, decision-making, and the belief
that possibilities are limitless. During those years, I taught
decision-making and life skills in our local prison for VITA,
followed by one-on-one support to help individuals transform their
life, find more fulfillment, and design a future. I noticed that
those who were able to initiate change had dreams, believed those
dreams were possible to manifest, and had passion and motivation.
The energy I felt from them lifted my energy, and together, we
worked on the vision, the decisions, and the plan. They took the
action. Passion inspired action! The success stories kept me going
What passion has inspired action in you?
In August of 1996, I read an article in Newsweek magazine about
professional life coaching. It caught my attention - my passion
for helping others define and create their future. I ripped out
the page and laid it on my desk to investigate. Nearly two weeks
later, Betty, another instructor in the decision-making program,
said to me, "Beth - there is a new profession out there that
is tailor made to suit you!" I shifted my head and paused
in silence as I looked directly into her eyes. She said, "Life
coaching!" I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Inspired
and affirmed by hearing someone else, whom I highly respected,
believe that it was right for me
I immediately began my
investigation. I dreamed of a life coaching business. I envisioned
it being a virtual business, one I could do from anywhere in the
country. I dreamed that others benefited greatly in the collaborative
energy! With Betty's mirroring what I had thought - I believed
it was possible! By September 1996
I had enrolled in CoachU
and shortly thereafter began my business! I have been passionate
about it ever since!
What do you believe is possible for you?
As I was sitting inside at my desk working, looking out the window,
I began to dream of working with people in the outdoors - in nature!
The dream stayed with me and took many forms. I saw it as possible,
but didn't see the way - the path, and wasn't ready to just leap.
I kept revisiting the dream and one day, Coach Linda Weinberger
approached me and said, "I want to take people down the river
in canoes as part of a coaching program, but I am not a paddler.
I hear you kayak and canoe. Would you be interested in looking
at the possibilities with me?" My energy lifted and I immediately
knew we were going to do something together. We continued to dialogue
about our ideas, brainstorm, and share our dreams. When our common
dream took form, it led us to a clear vision. We then began to
work on the question
And the pathway
became clear. River Journeys was founded! We now offer River Journeys
programs and customized canoe or kayak programs for private groups!
It is simply extraordinary to get paid for doing what we love,
with people we enjoy, in the glorious setting of nature!
Where would you love to spend more of your
So how can things get better? There is always room to expand
the joy, the adventure, the connections, and the energy. This
has definitely happened in the past year. For me, it tends to
come in waves
life the surf. My collaborative partner, Linda
Weinberger and I were working on a coaching project, when all
of a sudden, like a bolt of lightening, another idea popped up.
The idea was expressed and we both shared our dreams about the
idea. It felt so big, that we didn't immediately take it on as
a project, but since it encompassed the subject of peace we played
with it. The US, despite the opposition by the UN, was ready to
invade Iraq - any week - any day. It felt good to play with the
concept of peace. As we played with it and dreamed out load, a
vision began to emerge. When the vision became clear, we realized
"We can do this!" At that moment, our Birthing Peace
publishing project was born. Our project includes quotations,
statements, and coaching questions designed to inspire and challenge
the reader to live peace more consciously and inclusively. When
our project has grown to adulthood and is ready to be released
we envision and believe that you will know about it!
What would you like to birth into this world?
There is so much more I could share with you about passion and
how it has drawn me out of my comfort zone and into joy. But this
is really about YOU! You are the one reading this and this moment
is yours. I encourage you
take time to dream! Play with
your dreams, stretch them, meld them, paint or write them, and
re-create them until they become a perfect fit for your heart
and soul. Then
imagine that dream really BEING. And you
- BEING a part of it!
What does it look like?
How are people responding?
Where is it happening?
Who have you become in this dream?
How will you feel when the dream is realized?
question again and again. Feel it as if it already has occurred.
How does it feel? The energy this brings will in itself have a
profound influence on your success!
Is it possible?
What will it take for you to see it as possible? Who can help
you fill in the blanks so that the pathway to possibility becomes
connected? Connection is key
connection with your dreams,
your vision, connection with truth - yours and universal truth.
And especially important is connection with others who can assist
you in seeing, believing and maintaining the passion that will
carry through to LIVING YOUR DREAM!
What is YOUR dream?
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