“A Labour Of Love Is Sustainable” – Paul Check

“Love is the first step in the Chek approach to spiritual living because a labour of love is sustainable.”

I heard this from Paul Chek during one of his podcasts, and it really resonated with me.

I often wonder why there can be such differences between individuals resiliency – their ability to bounce back from adverse events, or, just to keep going day after day after day. 

Essentially….why do some burn out, and others continue to thrive?

While there are obviously many variables in play here (nutrition, exercise, sleeping patterns, beliefs around stress, restorative practices, belonging to a tribe/relationships), I really believe this quote is one of the most fundamental determinants. I certainly know people who don’t necessarily look after themselves that well, who after a decade or more, are still thriving and are full or vitality, while others, who have taken care of themselves in many basic ways (diet, sleep etc), are suffering with poor health and have no vitality.

I believe that when we are doing what we love, it has a very different impact on us than if we are doing something we dislike, certainly at an energetic, spiritual level (it makes intuitive sense really doesn’t it?). It feels very different when we are not serving a higher purpose. When we feel we are not being, or can’t be, creative. When we are not in alignment with our values, needs, or desires. 

In fact Performance Coach Brendon Buchard in his book The Charge discusses our five baseline and forward drives as:

The Five Baseline Drives:

  • Control
  • Competence
  • Congruence
  • Caring
  • Connection

The Five Forward Drives:

  • Change
  • Challenge
  • Creative Expression
  • Contribution
  • Consciousness

And Tony Robbins discusses the six human needs:

  • Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
  • Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
  • Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
  • Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
  • Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
  • Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

I find it fascinating how similar these lists are, and as I create more space in my own life to read, reflect, learn and grow, I appreciate more and more how important these needs/drives are when seeking to live our life to our potential. How many of these do you feel you can tick off the list? I am not sure many of us have the opportunity to feel we truly control how/when we work, or can be creative with the work we do. Many of us fundamentally lack the control required to be creative.

Employees at Apple have a certain percentage of time where they can work on a project of their choice – something they have a real passion for (so I have read). Apparently a disproportionate amount of  Apple’s products, or certainly ideas that lead to products, actually come from this small percentage of time where employees are free to be creative, to control their work, to challenge themselves in perhaps different ways.

Coming back to this idea of a labour of love being sustainable…. This is one reason I love Gary Vee – he encourages us to start that side business which might currently just be a hobby for us.  Creativity! Control! Caring! Connection!

There are so many ways to make money, to create or join a tribe, and there has been no time in human history where it has been easier to follow your dreams. 

(While money is not the most important factor, lets face it, we need a certain amount to pay the bills, to have enjoyable experiences, to support our family, and money provides opportunity. Opportunity to give back).

We (obviously) need to appreciate that our journey from hobby-to-business will be a marathon, and not a sprint. But can you set aside a couple of hours here, and a couple of hours there, to start the process of creating a business out of your passion? 

So go on! Get out there! Start the podcast, start the youtube channel, share your passion with the world, because the world needs more passion, more love, and more people following their dreams.

“Find that thing that becomes your life force” – Titus Welliver

I really believe there is no competition to worry about either. It isn’t about winning and losing, it’s about ‘playing the game’ as Gary Vee would say. And it certainly isn’t the case that only one, or a few people, can be at the top – we are not competing with one another to achieve our dreams. I believe the more we collaborate, the more ‘success’ we experience. Besides working together and supporting one another makes the journey a whole lot more fun too! 

To finish, some of you may be wondering what the featured image is, and why I chose it. Well it is an image of all the countries where my podcast has been downloaded. I don’t post it here so show off (after all I could have had one download in most of these countries!), I post it here because if little old me can create a podcast and share the work of people I respect, then you certainly can! I am not very tech savvy, I spent almost nothing on equipment (about £50 as I already had a laptop), and I it’s not like I have a big following or presence! So I post it to give you hope and confidence that you can do this!


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