“I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”
–Joan of Arc
I wonder… had Joan of Arc lived today, would she be raking in millions, rather than racing into battles? She sounds like every mega-high-earner I interviewed (albeit more pithy and eloquent).
They all possessed an almost divine sense of mission, a fire in their belly, a transpersonal commitment to something larger than themselves.
A powerful purpose seemed to be the prelude to making millions…and the basis for Step #2 of Sacred Success™: Pursue Your Highest Purpose based on Your Deepest Truths.
Much as Joan of Arc discovered centuries ago, a strong sense of purpose creates an almost unwavering perseverance, in a way that money alone never would.
Whenever these high earners were scared, stymied, or faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, they immediately went back to their higher purpose.
As a multi-million dollar earner said to me, “When in doubt, I revisit my mission. Why am I here?”
But there’s also another reason why step 2 is so important. Having a higher purpose fosters a life of balance. There’s a significant difference between drive and addiction. Drive comes from a vision that nourishes one’s soul and enriches one’s life. Addiction arises from fear-based beliefs such as scarcity, inadequacy, and shame, and it inevitably leads to burn out .
Most high earners eventually figured this out. As one young woman told me, “I had a massive inner critic and I pushed myself until I broke down.” Then she said, “I did lots of self improvement work and figured out how to achieve my dream without killing myself.”
In those words, she gives us the key to finding your highest purpose. It takes personal work, a great deal of self reflection. I’ll talk more about this in my next blog.