“Do you want to act differently? That’s not possible until you perceive differently.” – Byron Katie

It’s common for us to believe that if our current job or situation is not very fulfilling, there must be something more meaningful out there for us – something that would make a bigger difference and that would call on our deeper interests, talents and passions.

The net result of this belief is often disenchantment with our current situation and a feeling of being underutilized, stuck, or wasting our time.

What Money Really Follows

You’ve probably heard advice like “Follow your passion and the money will follow”. However, you may have found that this isn’t always the case. Why?

Money follows mastery, not passion. Mastery of what? Of creativity and service that people are willing to pay for. Passion can be really helpful in developing mastery because you’re more likely to put in the effort to develop mastery if you’re passionate about it. But if passion is not converted into consistent practice, sufficient mastery never has a chance to develop – the money doesn’t follow and pretty soon there is disenchantment and frustration.

Who Owns Your Increased Mastery?

No matter what situation you find yourself in right now, it has a higher purpose. You can choose to use your current situation as an opportunity for greater mastery of creativity and service, and a bridge to whatever is next. Who cares if you’re not appreciated or if your boss takes credit for your effort? You own your increased mastery, not your boss. When you work out at the gym, does the gym get the benefit of your workout? Of course not. You do.

From Vicious Circle To Upward Spiral

The main thing that needs to change about your situation is how you see it. See your current situation as exactly the perfect situation for you to develop greater mastery of creativity and service. Nothing outside of you needs to change. Your situation doesn’t use you – you use it!

If you feel stuck in any job, business or situation, it’s often because you have stopped bringing greater creativity and service to it. However, when you become a master of your service, more opportunities will always become visible to you. You’ll break out of the vicious circle of low levels of creativity and service, and onto the upward spiral of change and progress – and this incredible change can start right now.

So if you’re feeling like your current situation isn’t bringing you the fulfillment you desire, there’s only one question you need to ask yourself: “Given that my situation is what it currently is, how can I bring more creativity and service to it?” I guarantee that once you start focusing on the answer of this question, your situation will change tremendously.

We often think that unless we’re naturally gifted with certain skills, that the absence of this perceived advantage is what’s stopping us from achieving greatest. However, more often than not, it’s persistence, determination and practice that leads to success – as without these, our natural ability will only take us so far.

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