Wanted: A Passionate Life. Will Settle for Happiness.

I once read a story about a woman named Molly who wanted to live a passionate authentic life.  There were only two things holding her back . . . (1) she was tired of spinning her wheels and (2) she had run out of ideas. Molly, being somewhat resourceful, decided to jump start her passionate life by soliciting help from her friends.

Molly quickly sent an email to her friends with a link to a personal survey that said “You know me.  Please identify the top 3 choices for me (with 1=Best Choice).  Should I:  Open a boutique?  Sell my condo and move across country?   Visit India for 3 months?  Quit my job and become a writer?  Marry my boyfriend? Alongside the survey, Molly also included a spreadsheet with a list of personal qualities.  The instructions said:  “Please check the qualities that best describe me.  When you have completed the survey and spreadsheet simply email them back to me. I will have a professional tabulate them and will let you know the results.”  (Hmm . . . a Professional what?  Therapist?  Life Coach?  Accounting Firm?)  Molly was expecting to be presented with documentation within a few weeks that would fully disclose the path to an authentic passion filled life.

Sorry, Molly –  documentation prepared by outsiders can not reveal the truth that lies within YOUR heart. The story went on to say that Molly’s friends thought she was “nuts” and told her so.  Now, she’s back to figuring out – on her own – what makes her happy.  Oh, if she only knew about the Passion Test.

Are you someone who wakes up every morning (even on gorgeous sunny days) wondering how you’re going to get through the crazy busy day?  Do you long for more time, energy and bounce in your step?  In this fast paced world, so many of us are looking for ways to add more life to our living.  If you’ve ever felt like Molly and wanted support in discovering your passions  – yes, there is something you can do about it.  Take the Passion Test.

The Passion Test is simple to take, fun to do and profoundly effective.  It’s an easy, fun, non-threatening test which no one can fail.  It will help you discover and obtain clarity about what is most important to YOU in your life.  The One to One Consultations with a Certified Passion Test Facilitator will give you the confidence to think bigger and reach for what you want, not just for what you think you can have.   Now, that’s something to get excited about!!

If you’re being nudged to check out the Passion Test,  do it today.  Who knows . . . when you discover your passions and begin to live from that space – you’ll expand in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.  (I know it can happen.  It did for me — and, it can happen for you, too!)

By the way – if you happen to know Molly – be sure to share this with her.  It will go a long way in supporting her desire for a passion filled life.

MaryAnn D’Ambrosio loves working with highly motivated individuals who want more to life than just work and are looking to easily re-design and re-purpose an aspect of their life.  MaryAnn has re-invented herself and electrified her life by transitioning out of corporate America (after 30 plus years in the electric utility industry) to venture out on her own.  Initially, a very scary thought.  Now that she’s made the leap, all kinds of interesting things are happening in her business and life.  You’ll want to stay tuned to Lead Out Loud Now to learn more!

3 Easy Steps to Re-energize Your Life

How often have you thought about doing something new or completely different in your life?  Perhaps you’ve always wanted to:  write a best-seller;  run your own business;  or maybe even live in a foreign country for part of the year.  When you think about a new adventure is there an uplifting feeling inside of you?  You’ll want to read on if the answer is YES!

If you’ve been putting off expanding and acting on your vision because there’s so much going on in your life – I would encourage you to STOP, now.  Pay attention . . . you are being nudged to re-invent an aspect of your life.  Begin to notice how often your thoughts circle back to repetitive ideas, dreams and desires . . . these are inspired road maps pointing the way.  Soon you’ll find the path that is best suited to your purpose and passion.

I’m all for simple, easy and elegant ways of creating your best life.  Here are three easy steps to get you started:

Step 1. Make YOU a Priority

Put Yourself on Your To Do List everyday.  In our “crazy busy” lives it’s so easy to take care of everyone and everything else with little or no time left for ourselves.   By the end of most days are you spent with little or no energy left for you?  Here’s the good news:  YOU can change it . . . make yourself a priority.  Initially, it doesn’t even matter how much time you give yourself – the key is to BEGIN and do it consistently.  I recently challenged a colleague I was coaching to set aside 5 minutes every day “to do”  NOTHING.   Doing nothing means just that . . . 5 minutes without using a cell phone, checking email, or browsing on the computer.  What’s interesting is my colleague wasn’t sure she could give herself 5 minutes to do nothing, yet she decided to go for it.  I’ll be checking-in to see how she’s going.  How about you?  Are you up for the 5 minute DO NOTHING challenge?

Step 2.  Discover Where YOU Are

Take a moment to notice your response when you hear a friend, colleague or neighbor say they’re going on a fabulous vacation, changing jobs, retiring or switching careers.  You’ll quickly receive several clues to your whereabouts by paying attention to what you feel. Is there a sense of excitement, dread, curiosity, wonder, or overall fear?  Remember to achieve what you desire, you’ll have to want it more than you’re afraid of it.  I once read “to feel aliveness in our hearts we must also allow vulnerability.”  Can you afford to be vulnerable and take the chance to discover what makes your heart sing?  Can you afford not to?

Step 3.  Learn What Makes YOUR Heart Sing

Begin simply and simply begin.  If you’re uncertain about what makes your heart sing begin by being kind to yourself.  Take one step at a time and BE open to new possibilities.  Notice what puts a smile on your face and lifts your spirit.  Is it working in the garden, taking care of pets, sitting on your deck watching the birds, or is it a beautiful sunset?  Carry a small notepad with you to jot down what brings you joy and makes you feel alive.  It may be as simple as being grateful for what you already have in your life.  Never underestimate YOUR POWER to change your life.  It’s never too late to start a new chapter.  I would love to hear what you discover.  Here’s to your success!

MaryAnn D’Ambrosio loves working with highly motivated individuals who want more to life than just work and are looking to easily re-design and re-purpose an aspect of their life.  MaryAnn has re-invented herself and electrified her life by transitioning out of corporate America (after 30 plus years in the electric utility industry) to venture out on her own.  Initially, a very scary thought.  Now that she’s made the leap, all kinds of interesting things are happening in her business and life.  You’ll want to stay tuned to Lead Out Loud Now to learn more!

Transitioning To A More Fulfilling Life

Welcome to Lead Out Loud Now!  My name is MaryAnn D’Ambrosio and I’m so glad you’re here! Today, I’m going to give you a peak inside my inner and outer world.

For many years, my deepest desire was to re-invent myself and re-design my life.  I wanted to play the leading role and allow creative genius to flow through — instead of listening to all the “shoulds” in my head.  I craved more fulfilling work, a lifestyle filled with freedom, flexibility, and elegant possibilities.  There were many times when I wondered if and when this inner vision would be transformed into reality.

I’m happy to report it’s finally happening. Taking action on my vision transformed it and moved it forward in a big way.  On April 1st of 2010 (yes, April’s Fools Day), I took an important step (more like a quantum leap) by leaving corporate America (after 30 plus years in the electric utility industry) to venture out on my own.  Initially, this was a very scary thought.  Now that I’ve made the leap, all kinds of incredible things are happening in my life.  Each day is better than the last and I often pinch myself to make sure it’s real!

If you’re interested in re-designing your life  . . . my suggestion is to stay open to possibilities and give yourself time to explore “what” brings you joy.

  • What lights you up?
  • What makes your heart sing (and your feet dance)?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What kinds of things have you enjoyed in the past?
  • What comes natural to you?
  • What is your definition of a GREAT LIFE?

What you may discover is . . . that you don’t have to leave your job, buy a new home, make millions of dollars, or travel half way around the world to find your true love in order to transform your life.  Start by taking the first step to reveal:  “how do I do, what I do — happier.”  Now that’s an idea worth pursuing.

Making the decision to leave a safe, secure, yet unfulfilling corporate position was a big step.  Walking into my bosses’ office — to let him know I wanted to “retire” — was the game changer.  Now, I’m playing full out and having a ball!

If you knew you would SUCCEED, what area in your life would you like to re-design?

MaryAnn D’Ambrosio loves working with highly motivated individuals who want more out of life and are looking to re-design an aspect of their life.  MaryAnn has re-invented herself and electrified her life by transitioning out of corporate America (after 30 plus years in the electric utility industry) to venture out on her own.  Initially, a very scary thought.  Now that she’s made the leap, all kinds of interesting things are happening in her business and life.  You’ll want to stay tuned to Lead Out Loud Now to learn more!