Spirit Driving Institute Leila Johnson – Transformation Teacher


Authenticity in Your Journey

I just looked back on my last post and can't believe that it has been almost a year since I felt inspired enough to write something on my blog. Instead of beating myself up about it, I realize that it is indicative of who I am and what I am all about.

Yes, there were many times when I had an idea that I wanted to write about, but didn't feel a strong reason to do so. This past year has allowed me to experience so much growth on a personal and professional level. If I had written something, I think I felt that it would have been forced. After all, how could I comfortably sit here giving advice about travelling an authentic journey when I wasn't feeling that I was doing the same.

My business has undergone changes and is stronger than ever. My marriage has faced work-life balance struggles and now we are closer than ever. My daughter is growing up so fast, but in many ways, still has that same sweet spirit. And now I feel so comfortable in who I am, where I've been, and where I'm going that I almost don't recognize the person I was a year ago.

Today I did something that I haven't done in a long time - read the Sunday paper. I even took the time to do the crossword with some help from my daughter. :) It was a nice break from our usual routine. While reading the paper, I decided to check out my horoscope. It basically said that I needed to continue focusing on others to allow more blessings to come into my own life. I understand that no horoscope can accurately reflect what is happening for all of the people that share a particular sign, but this one stood out to me.

You see, I've been in this broken-record mode (like many working and entrepreneurial moms) of continually feeling like I do things for everybody else and never have time for myself. It seems that my day is filled with demands from clients, my husband, my daughter, and my extended family. It's rare for me to have time for friends or myself. That horoscope made me realize that maybe that is the point, in a way. Maybe we are all here to serve others and share our gifts. If we only looked out for ourselves, we would be a blessing-starved world. Instead, we should focus on doing things for others. Then we just might be blessed with more for ourselves - money, time, status, connections (Success Drivers from my book).

I shifted my perspective and focused on doing more for others today. And, now look where I am. I had a chunk of time to write a 500+ word blog post and to work on my Master's thesis. (For those of you who have been following me for awhile, you'll know that I've been trying to finish my thesis for several years.) Of course, I would be amiss if I didn't focus on the authenticity angle of all of this. It's very important that you don't approach doing things for other people SOLELY as a way to get something for yourself. The Universe will see right through that scheme.

So, I ask you: How can you transcend the need to only serve yourself? How can you use your gifts today to serve others? 

Many blessings on your journey!

About Leila Johnson

Rev. Leila Johnson's book, Driving to Success: Let Your Spirit Take the Wheel, is a spiritual retreat for overachieving entrepreneurs and professionals who want to redefine the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Leila is President and Co-Owner of Data-Scribe, an information technology systems integration and modernization firm providing services to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. As part of her journey on the road of life, Leila has earned her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and in the Metaphysical Sciences. She also holds her Master of Divinity and is an ordained reverend. Prior to starting her business, Leila worked as a call center coach, curriculum developer, and trainer in the financial and insurance industries.
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