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12 Steps to Following Your Personal Legend

Quote Paulo CoelhoOne of my all-time favorite books is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I first read it during my college years and recently read it again. It is simple, powerful, inspiring and filled with bits of wisdom. It is about the transformational journey of following your dreams and listening to your heart.

If you are one of the lucky ones, you know exactly what you want and are currently following your personal legend. You are living the life of your dreams and accomplishing what you have always wanted to accomplish.

As children, we all know what our personal legend is but many of us, out of fear of failure, shun our deepest desires and label them as being impractical.

We stop listening to our hearts and become realistic. We eventually forget our personal legend.

For those of us who struggle with reconnecting to our purpose, our mission on Earth, Paulo Coelho has written an article to help us rediscover and follow our own personal legend. He includes these 12 steps created by Alan Cohen, a best-selling inspirational author and life coach, to help people reclaim their blessing and follow the path that fills their heart with enthusiasm:

1) Tell yourself the truth

Tell yourself the truth: draw two columns on a sheet of paper and in the left column write down what you would love to do. Then write down on the other side everything you’re doing without any enthusiasm. Write as if nobody were ever going to read what is there, don’t censure or judge your answers.

2)Start slowly, but start

Call your travel agent, look for something that fits your budget; go and see the movie that you’ve been putting off; buy the book that you’ve been wanting to buy. Be generous to yourself and you’ll see that even these small steps will make you feel more alive.

3) Stop slowly, but stop

Some things use up all your energy. Do you really need to go that committee meeting? Do you need to help those who do not want to be helped? Does your boss have the right to demand that in addition to your work you have to go to all the same parties that he goes to? When you stop doing what you’re not interested in doing, you’ll realize that you were making more demands of yourself than others were really asking.

4) Discover your small talents

What do your friends tell you that you do well? What do you do with relish, even if it’s not perfectly well done? These small talents are hidden messages of your large occult talents.

5) Begin to choose

If something gives you pleasure, don’t hesitate. If you’re in doubt, close your eyes, imagine that you’ve made decision A and see all that it will bring you. Now do the same with decision B. The decision that makes you feel more connected to life is the right one – even if it’s not the easiest to make.

6)Don’t base your decisions on financial gain

The gain will come if you really do it with enthusiasm. The same vase, made by a potter who loves what he does and by a man who hates his job, has a soul. It will be quickly sold (in the first case) or will stay on the shelves (in the second case).

7)Follow your intuition

The most interesting work is the one where you allow yourself to be creative. Einstein said: “I did not reach my understanding of the Universe using just mathematics.” Descartes, the father of logic, developed his method based on a dream he had.

8) Don’t be afraid to change your mind

If you put a decision aside and this bothers you, think again about what you chose. Don’t struggle against what gives you pleasure.

9) Learn how to rest

One day a week without thinking about work lets the subconscious help you, and many problems (but not all) are solved without any help from reason.

10) Let things show you a happier path

If you are struggling too much for something, without any results appearing, be more flexible and follow the paths that life offers. This does not mean giving up the struggle, growing lazy or leaving things in the hands of others – it means understanding that work with love brings us strength, never despair.

11) Read the signs

This is an individual language joined to intuition that appears at the right moments. Even if the signs point in the opposite direction from what you planned, follow them. Sometimes you can go wrong, but this is the best way to learn this new language.

12) Finally, take risks!

The men who have changed the world set out on their paths through an act of faith. Believe in the force of your dreams. God is fair, He wouldn’t put in your heart a desire that couldn’t come true.

These steps should help you clarify your heart’s desire in order to start manifesting your dreams. When you’re on a journey to fulfill your personal legend, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it!

I’d love to know more about you! Are you living your personal legend? Do you know what you want to accomplish? Have your found these steps helpful? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!

With love,




2 thoughts on “12 Steps to Following Your Personal Legend

  1. Pingback: 10 Inspiring Quotes To Live By

  2. I find something from your page each day that matches how I’m feeling or will help me get my mindset right to achieve that day. I am also sharing this with others. Hope that’s ok.

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