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If Nothing Changes in Your World, Then Nothing Is Going to Change

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If Nothing Changes in Your World, Then Nothing Is Going to Change

In life you’re the author, publisher, producer and marketer of your own unique journey; know that you can go forth and write, carve and compose any part of it or all of it.

In this possible revision, be sure to now add a lesson learnt from past experiences, add an absorbing wisdom point or take away from what you have considered a bad experience or event.

How do we amend our story, rewrite our journey?

After serving in the Fire Department for over 26 years, it has occurred to me that Firefighters rely on a process, a process that they understand, prepare, train to, apply and respond to. This enables them to act responsibly, deliberately and with faith when required. They understand and react within the method through application, yet also know the method works.

How can the fire-way help you?

You too, need to be using simple step-by-step methods and systems to help you achieve your goals; to help you reach your full potential, without faltering, to managing self-doubt, and enable courage in the process.

Confront your habits, fears and doubts that are holding you back. These barriers are strong and unyielding, and unless you fight back with equal determination and tenacity you will never overcome them

I call this fighting fire with fire: “to retaliate with a similar form of attack that has been used against you”.

Start by clearly defining your Life Purpose & Values

Life Coach Joy Tanksley provides us with an unpretentious definition of purpose by defining it as having:  authenticity, and finding your authentic self, by setting the intention to live in a way that honours whatever it is you find. 

When referring to a person who has passion, Tanksley considers passion to be commonly misunderstood and poorly interpreted:

When I help clients find their passions, I’m not talking about helping them feel hot and heavy about everything they do every second of their lives.

She believes your passion feeling should simply feel like ‘yes’. It should be ‘like a quiet inner light … a soft flutter in the belly’. 

Author Scott Dinsmore, when writing Discovering Happiness through Purpose in 3 Natural Steps, explored three things that must align for you to discover your purpose: values, strengths and passions. He wrote, ‘The intersection of your true values and super powers, backed with relentless passion, is where the magic happens.’ 

The Equation to Change

Your values + Your strengths + Your passions = Your purpose 

  1. List your values: These are principles or standards of behaviour; your judgment of what is important to you in life. A value is a measure of the worth or importance you attach to something; your values are often reflected in the way you live your life. For example: I value freedom of speech; and my family; also maintaining a healthy work/life balance; and that trust has to be earned.
  2. List your strengths: Knowing your personal strengths and weaknesses can help you choose the right career and make sound decisions. When you try to find your own strengths, think about what comes naturally and easily for you, your instinctive approach. At this stage a classic mistake is to choose attributes that you would like to have or that you admire, rather than attributes you actually have. Another mistake is to avoid things that seem hard for you to do.
  3. Then list your passions: What are your passions? What sparks you, what resounds within you with fulfilment and makes you feel alive? If you are excited about your job or your family that just means that you are on the right track for those commitments. Again, the job that you do and the positions that you hold offer a sense of fulfilment, but hobbies and personal pastimes can bring an enthusiasm and a pleasure that enriches your life … these are your passions.

Now that you have noted these three virtues, what is the resounding result? What unquestionable and booming upshot leaps out?

It’s all about you knowing what fires to light and what fires to fight…

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  • Deb
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    Great article Dean. Totally agree with it all. Our values drive us ?

  • Dean Hawkins
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    Hi Deb, I am so pleased to hear it resonates with you as well – I’m excited to know we are a movement (well the two of us are the start to one)

    This area of opinion sings through my book `Fight Fire with Fire` – must be the ex-uniform background in me.

    Thank you for taking time out of your day and touching base in a personal way… Deano

  • Tracy
    Reply

    Great read Dean,
    loved the fire analogies.

  • Dean Hawkins
    Reply

    Hi Tracey, thank you for taking the time out of your day to comment, it is very thoughtful of you.

    I’m pleased that the subject and unique angle appeals to you – although now living a new life path my previous firefighter groundings still sit with me today.

    Thank you again for the feedback it is encouraging in more ways than you may believe.

    Deano

  • Roland Hanekroot
    Reply

    Powerful stuff Dean, Thank you

  • Dean Hawkins
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    Hi Roland, thanks for the feedback buddy it is very much appreciated… its a day and age of quick read, `like` then move on – so for you to take the time to comment is unique and as mentioned appreciated from my end.

    Values and code is from my 27 years wearing a badge, it still soars through my veins… now working my way through my second and third book and running workshops, all on this type of theme.

    It would be wonderful to chat Roland – lets make it happen. Find my contact details at my website buddy.

    Good on ya Roland.

  • Rosemary
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    First values, then strengths, then passions. I’ve listed each on a separate sticky note and stuck it up above my desk. Thanks!

  • Dean Hawkins
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    Hi Rosemary

    The picture you posted was cool, nice pile of books as well…

    Its always lovely to chat with you.

    stay well

    Deano

  • Dean Hawkins
    Reply

    Thank you for the likes , acknowledgements and comments everyone…. Deano

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