Since launching Be You and Thrive two years ago, I promised myself I would allow it to grow ‘organically’. To me, this meant, without specific ‘Dannielle-made fertilizers’ (to stick with the plant growth metaphor!), or specified plan of action to create an envisioned outcome. I want to listen to the need of women and respond according to what I have to give.
Of course I desire Be You and thrive—this platform, sewn from threads leading to my heart—to be a valuable instrument in the lives of others. Yet it’s also so tender and heart-driven, that unlike my past careers and templated planning for life goals, I have a continued desire to treat this differently. I desire to allow this to grow not only as I intend, but in the abundance I know it can, with God’s direction!
I raise my hand high over here to share that it’s been hard to not hustle and propel my vision and message forward with the entrepreneur mentality that I have! But I desire this platform to be based on pure authenticity—and grow according to the need.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t take great steps and leaps forward!
My dedication to this philosophy of ‘taking designed intentional steps forward’, has caused me to recognize that making intentional decisions has a direct connection to having a keen awareness to listen.
I imagine most will agree that we each know what we want or desire out of life?
These questions aren’t provided to scare us into living a static life—but instead to get us moving into the direction that we were uniquely intended. (this is the execute part of making designed and intentional decisions).
1. Listen: to hear, pay attention to, welcome, receive
2. Designed: to create, accomplish, execute
3. Intentional: to do with purpose, unforced, examined, well-chosen, well-advised
If I were to create a definition from these above synonyms about making a decision it might look like this:
If you find yourself spinning in circles in regards to where your life is moving (or not moving), quiet the chaos and take ample time to ask yourself what/whom you’re listening to. Perhaps the feedback from people or experiences happening around you, have caused a deviation from the truth within your heart.
(remember the God-source of your heart!)
So here’s the challenge for us all: Do some heart-work, and take internal inventory. Accept where you are and redefine how intentionally listening can direct/re-direct your next steps—in various areas of your life!
For more, listen to this video riff below:
Your relationship with someone, your current lifestyle, business, family, upcoming project or a personal decision that you are in the midst of making—can all be filtered through in confidence, knowing each decision, leads you to steps of growth,
Be you, and thrive!
xo~ ‘D’ (dannielle)
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