One of the main reasons that people come for life coaching is because they are confused. Confusion often stems from a limiting belief of some kind. Maybe you tried and failed, and so you gave up and are having trouble choosing a new goal that will always be a consolation prize. Maybe you were told as a child that you couldn't have what you want, so you took on that belief and forgot about those dreams. Or, you may doubt yourself and your abilities. One thing I know is that you're never given a dream without being given the ability to turn it into reality.

At age nine, Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park and the creator of the television series ER, decided to be a writer. By the time he was 13, he had begun submitting articles and his first article was published when he was just 14-years-old. He wrote for the town newspaper and later for his college newspaper. But during his college years, he began to doubt that he could make a living from writing, so he listened to his rational mind and decided to become a doctor instead.

However, once Michael began studying at Harvard Medical School, he realized that medicine wasn't right for him and decided to leave. At that time students had to see a psychiatrist before they could leave the program, and the psychiatrist convinced Michael to stay for the full year before making a final decision. At the end of the first year, Michael felt more optimistic about being a doctor and decided to stay on. However, by the end of his second year at medical school he still wanted to leave but he allowed himself to be talked into staying a second time. Although he finished his medical training, Michael Crichton never worked as a doctor because his heart simply wasn't in it.

During his time at University, Michael studied medicine by day and wrote thrillers at night. One of his books took only nine days to complete. By the time he finished medical school, Michael had sold the movie rights to one of his books and the rest is history.

When you stop trusting your heart, you often miss the signs that could make your life easier, happier and more prosperous. For Michael Crichton, the most obvious sign was that writing was something he enjoyed, it came easily to him and his work was accepted and loved by others. Where Michael Crichton's story differs to most people is that he continued to do what he loved even while he was studying medicine and because of this he found a way to turn writing into a full time career.

Many people stop doing what they love, or they don't know what they love, and as a result they become stuck in careers or a lifestyle, which they think they cannot leave because they have family obligations or financial commitments. However, if you are open and willing to explore your options, you can always find a way. You start by becoming aware of what makes you happy. Every time you need to make an important choice, stop and ask yourself, "Is this what my heart really wants?" Then think and act as if you can have your heart's desires, and your mind will help you turn your dreams into reality.

An extract from Every Choice Matters by Anne Hartley, published by Balboa Press.

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