Today, let's talk about an innovative idea: "in-joy" your work by bringing joy to your work instead of seeking to extract joy from your work. Stop looking for joy and happiness in all the wrong places. What is a "wrong place"? Anything that is outside of yourself. Creativity is already within you. Peace is already within you, even in the midst of seeming outer chaos. Joy is already within you.

Yet we are so conditioned to give away our power-our sense of identity and our need for love, security, and self-esteem-to externals. This is why consumerism is so out of control. It's because we have believed the lie that there is something "wrong" with us, that we're coming from a position of scarcity and lack.

We all are in process, and there's plenty of room for growth. Yet, needing to grow does not need to come from a place of deficiency. It is vital that we all realize a few things:

What you see (with feeling) is what you get. So start seeing a new vision for your life, beginning within your mind's eye.

You are applying the meaning to your life. You define your experience by how you see-your perception of the person, situation, or circumstances.

Joy is already within you. It is just buried under your "cataract of the soul," which is your misperception regarding who you think you are and what you can be, do, or have.

I'm getting so many epiphanies these days. Why? Because I'm expecting them; I'm looking for them. "Seek and ye shall find" is a Truth.

So here's the thing; when we seek that which cannot be found where we look for it, we find what we don't want. You can't find joy in your work or purpose. You must bring and infuse joy into your purpose and energize it. Then you will inspire others with your work. We get frustrated and give up when we don't find what we want WHERE we are seeking and expecting it.

Instead of giving up, ask again, "Where can I find it? Who must I realize myself to be to have what my heart is seeking?" There is power in humility. The answer you are seeking is closer than you think. Our outer experience is a reflection of our inner reality. Joy and purpose is "in here"; it's not "out there." Enjoy. "In-Joy"...and Be YOU, Magnificently!

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle – with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

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