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Danielle LaPorte Danielle LaPorte innovator. fire starter. napper.

Danielle LaPorte is an inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist. Over a million visitors have visited her site for her straight-up advice on spirituality. [www.daniellelaporte.com]

The question I’m living right now has to do with striving: when to strive, when to let go of striving, when life takes over and strives on our behalf, that point where we get the runner’s high. We only get that performance high by showing up, which is another form of striving. There are no shortcuts. Then there’s a time when we need to just let go, when we can’t control the results of our actions. I feel very called to show up fully, give it my best shot, then let life show me what’s next.

If I wake up in the morning and don’t feel so great, I get over it. I decide to rise. I tell fear to take a hike, I overcome the fatigue, and I do what needs to be done, because that’s what wholeness means that day. There are days when I feel tired and overbusy, yet excited. Then there are days when I feel tired and overbusy, but I’m resentful. On the resentful days, I take a nap.

Ignorance is bliss, of course. The reason it’s hard to live a life of consciousness and awareness is because it’s risky. In my experience, the greater the joy I feel, the deeper the pain I feel. I actually have less pain in my life now, but when I feel it, I feel it so much more deeply. That’s the nature of openness.

If I’m in pain, I don’t criticize myself for being in pain. I don’t think I’m a loser for being in pain. I don’t think I’m less-than because I hurt. It took me a long time to figure that out. If I’m in pain, I’m compassionate with myself. I give myself a heaping dose of self-love and change the way I think. I make different choices. I make some happier choices in my thoughts, which could be as simple as telling myself, “This too will pass.”

If you don’t feel like your life has direction or purpose, if you feel like you want more meaning in your life, then do something. Do anything. Any decision is better than no decision. Even if you tank, even if that decision leads to what you think is a failure, you’ll still be further ahead. You’ll have made new connections. You’ll know more about yourself.

– Danielle LaPorte

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