I am fascinated by the name of your site, Barrie – Live Bold and Bloom – it just draws you in. How did the name come about?
The name goes hand-in-hand with my personal coaching business (Bloom Life and Career Coaching). I am intrigued with how much potential people have that they aren’t using – mainly because of fear. In my coaching business, I want to invite and challenge people to bloom to their fullest potential. But to do that, they sometimes must be bold. They might have to step out of their comfort zone. Being bold, taking risks, challenging yourself – that’s really the path to growth and creating a better life.
I know that you’ve worked in public relations for a long time before you moved in to writing and coaching. How did the transition come about?
It came about as the result of my oldest child leaving home. She is an aspiring professional ballet dancer and had spent many years training here in Atlanta. I spent a lot of time driving her from our suburban home 60 miles round trip to Atlanta Ballet, which is in downtown Atlanta, every day. Then I would go back to get her again in the evenings. So needless to say, once she left home, I regained a huge chunk of time. I started thinking about gearing up my PR practice, but I just couldn’t get excited about it. There was no passion around it. So I started a personal search for my life passion. I took assessments, workshops, read every book under the sun. And I finally discovered that my passion was helping other people find theirs! I enrolled in a coach training program, and I started my blog as a way to market my coaching business. But then I discovered my passion for blogging. When you pull one thread, you sometimes find that it opens the door to many related passions. Now most of my coaching is done through my blog and the courses I teach related to my online business. I just finished a self-confidence course with Erin Falconer of Pick the Brain, and I’m about to begin the Habit Course (for the 3rd time) with Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and Katie Tallo of Momentum Gathering.
In a recent post you asked 20 highly successful bloggers: What is one bold and fearless thing you have done that has made a profound positive impact on your life? What would you answer be to that question?
Without a doubt, it would be starting my blog. I had no idea how to blog when I first started. In fact, I was really fearful of computer technology and completely ignorant about how to build a successful blog. But my passion for writing and sharing with people just kept driving me and giving me the momentum and energy to figure it out. It’s amazing how feeling passionate about something can help you overcome just about any seeming obstacle!
What in your opinion keeps us from leading lives of passion and purpose?
Fear. We are afraid we will fail, that we aren’t good enough, that people with judge or reject us, that we are being selfish or indulgent, and any number of other fears. But most fears aren’t substantive. If you challenge the fear and take action in spite of fear, you will see that there is very little truth in what you are afraid of. But you have to get to the point where your desire for living with passion and purpose is greater than your fears. Once you are at that place, you can take that first tentative step. That’s all it takes. Then you are home free.
How do you suggest a person can live a life of passion on a day to day basis? What tools should s/he acquire for this?
Most of the time, passion and purpose don’t just land on us. There are some people who are born knowing their passion and purpose in life, but most of us have to uncover it. This is a process of self-inquiry, self-discovery, and trial and error. You have to know yourself really well; understand your values, skills and joys; and do some research to see how those things can be integrated into your life and/or work. I’ve written an entire course on how to find your passion called Discover Your Passion: A Step-by-Step Course for Creating the Life of Your Dreams. Finding your passion is hugely important work. Yes, you can survive without finding it. But if you want to thrive and squeeze the best out of life, then passion is essential.
Barrie, one of the areas you offer coaching in Blogging. Could you share one tip for the readers who are bloggers here?
Wow, one tip is hard. But I would distill it down to this: consistently write great content that serves your reader and is insanely useful. If you do that, your readers will keep coming back for more.
Could you tell us some more about your course, Discover Your Passion?
It’s a 7 module course with assessments, worksheets, and action steps to help you to see and understand yourself clearly, and to motivate you to move forward toward a better life. Through the various modules, you will investigate your personality type, your skills, your core values, your joys, and your dislikes. Also, you will delve into the limiting beliefs, emotions, and tolerations that are holding you back from taking action on your passion. One module of the course focuses on defining your ideal life vision and creating mission statement which serves as a blueprint for all of your decisions and actions.Then we pull all of that information together and look at where the various pieces intersect. That’s where you will find your passion. Of course, once you find it, you have to put it into action. You will do some of this work of taking action on your passion in the Discover Your Passion course. I’m working on a follow-up course that goes into this further, helping people learn to integrate their passion into their lives in some meaningful and/or income-producing way.
Thanks, Barrie. I appreciate your time.
Barrie Davenport is a personal and career coach and the founder of Live Bold and Bloom , a blog about bold and fearless living. Please download her free Bold Living Starter Kit here.
May you be inspired – every day!