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How to Reawaken Your Inner Child

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I live in New York City and although I love my city, sometimes the hustle can get to me. You can see it in my face when it happens. I’m annoyed, insecure, distracted or all of the above trying to “make it” or just get to my next destination. 

But when I see a child smiling at me, my mood transforms. All of a sudden, I’m playing hide and seek on the street or the subway with kids I don’t even know. I’ll say, “I see you!” They’ll giggle and I’ll instantly feel a sense of love. Because when I see them, I also see myself, or at least the part of myself that possesses the qualities I love about children.

The older we get the harder it can become to remember and recognize our inner child. But it’s important for all of us who want to live a remarkable life and create amazing businesses to connect to who we were in our youth.

Here are a few reasons why.

Play is essential to making something out of nothing.

For the most part, children will play with and enjoy whatever is in front of them. Hand them a pile of blocks and they will build you a skyscraper. They’ll try it one way and if that doesn’t work they’ll try it another—without judgment or guilt. Children are masters of creation.

Fear doesn’t have to stop you.

Children attempt things regardless of fear. This is because they are focused on their goals. Children don’t spend time concentrating on what will happen if they fall off the monkey bars. They just climb. It’s only as we grow that our mentality shifts. We become more cautious. We take fewer chances. In doing so, we actually limit our potential for success.

You already know what your purpose is.

My clients often ask, how do I find my purpose and how will I know when I find it? I encounter surprise, sometimes bordering on shock, when I tell them they don’t have to look for it because it‘s already there. Last year I found a picture I drew when I was six. The drawing shows people holding hands and smiling while the sun shines above them. I had titled it, “The Whole World.” It’s clear to me now that at the tender age of six, I knew my purpose. I wanted to support people and show them that one day the whole world could be happy and connected. We all have a purpose, and I believe that purpose appeared when we were young. Our job now is simply to rediscover it.

It really is OK to cry.

Kids get upset. They cry. Then they get over it. As a woman in business, I’ve often had concerns about being too emotional, but the act of crying can help release tension and stress, stabilize feelings and connect to the underlying upsets. It doesn’t mean you should break into a temper tantrum, but it is alright to find a quiet space, connect to your heart, free yourself of restrictions and have a good cry.

Magic exists and anything actually is possible. You just have to believe.

Granted the above sounds like a commercial for Disney World—and for good reason. Remember when the world you lived in was big, miraculous and full of wonder? As children we think we can do and have anything we want. But most of us lose that confidence as we grow up. Maybe someone told us once that we couldn’t do something. We didn’t realize at the time that what that person said was not the truth. We started to make choices, live our lives and change our beliefs based on other people’s opinions. Today we can make the choice to look at our lives through a fresh lens and see that world of wonder and magic we loved as children still exists.

I wish we could all be kids forever, that we could trade coloring books, play in sandboxes and wait for the tooth fairy. In many ways, I think we can. All of those magical qualities we had in our youth are still there. Perhaps we’re just a bit out of practice.

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How to Know Your Purpose

The old adage is true. You can find inspiration in some pretty strange places—like a TV show about a bunch of doctors in Seattle. As I was watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy via Hulu yesterday, I certainly was not thinking, “Your next blog post will come from what you hear in this episode, Brooke. So listen up!”  BUT I had been thinking about what I wanted to write for the past few days. The subject was on my mind, and I was open to a solution to my challenge.

When Miranda Bailey said, “When You Know, You Know,” after painstakingly searching for and finally discovering deadly tissue she knew was present in one of her patients, I knew I had it. The title went into my notes in Evernote, and I sat down a few minutes later to write. I’m telling you this story because I’ve often been asked, How can I find my purpose? or How will I know when I find my purpose?

Your purpose is not hidden under a rock and it’s most likely not Googalable. You don’t have to look for it. {Tweet it!}

You do, however, need to be open to discovering it and aware of what is happening around you. Sometimes we get so frantic in our quest to answer a question that we completely miss the answer that is right in front of us. You will know your purpose when you open your eyes.

Last April, I traveled to my mom’s house in Florida, also known as the storage space for all my old photos, yearbooks, and grade school documents. (Much to my mother’s dismay.) I had already started inquiring with myself about where my future was headed. I was pretty clear that my purpose was to help other people discover their purpose, yet something felt like it was missing. Then I found this: 

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At first glance, this may not seem like much. It’s a cute picture drawn by a six year-old kid a long time ago. No biggie except I’m the kid that drew it. And I remember the story of this picture like it was yesterday. Our class had been asked to write poetry and draw pictures for a short book. I drew a picture of what seems to be a happy family holding hands. Except, I had titled it, The Whole World. It was chosen for the book’s cover.

At six, I knew what my purpose was. I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people by supporting them and connecting them, all with the goal that “The Whole World” would one day find happiness. And then, at some point that I cannot deduce, I forgot that goal.

Decades later, I took a picture of my cover and glanced at it over the next few weeks. Later, as I began crafting this blog, the picture called to me again. I knew I had it. And I knew I knew, if you will. The point is, I didn’t have to struggle or work myself into a frenzy. I merely examined a picture I had seen several times before with a fresh set of curious eyes.

We all have within us the ability to answer our own questions. Sometimes we need a little help cultivating that ability, but I assure you it is there. You will know your purpose when you learn to trust yourself. 

We all have Divinely Inspired Desires and as my friend and mentor Emily Fletcher says, “The tools to make them manifest.” I’ve had a strong desire to write a book for a very long time. This summer, I had the time and the reason to do it.

“Really Learn to Love Your Life,” my 65 page ebook, launches tomorrow. The book is full of wisdom from Emily as well as from four other people I admire and respect: Rachael Chong, Gareth Kay, Ryan Nicodemus, and Ishita Gupta. You can pick up your own free copy by subscribing to my newsletter via the blue opt in bar at the top of each page of my website or in the green box below. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the entire process of creating it.