EPISODE 217: “Are You Wasting Your Life?”
That’s a bold question I think. I mean, who is to say what the value of life is and what a life well lived is?
Let’s make it simpler. Are you over the moon happy with what you’re doing in life in terms of your productivity? OK, put simpler, your job?
Do you absolutely love what you do for a living?
If you do, then all of this week’s podcast may not be for you, but I assure you, some will strike a chord because even if you like or love your job, it does not mean you are aligned with your higher purpose.
And, if you’re like the majority of people, you do what you do for a paycheck, to make a living, and even for what you think your definition of security is.
So the next question is: How fulfilled are you in your life? But, let’s look deeper. Not just in what you have created like maybe a large company or a successful business, but if you looked back over your life can you say, “I came to planet Earth with amazing resources I have gathered over lifetimes and I applied every bit of that to my experience on the planet?”
That’s another bold and huge statement. Have you applied all your lifetimes of experience having been on the planet to your time now on the planet?
If not, why not?
Another massive question and I’m full of questions today. Do you know your dharma? I mean…why are you on the planet? What are you here to do while in this life?
And, if you can’t answer the last question have you considered that you’re living your life completely lost and off-target. If that’s the case is it any surprise that you’re not creating what you want in life?
This episode is for you if you’re not getting what you want in life.
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Okay, so wasting your life. What does that mean? I don't mean that in any kind of judgmental or condescending way, like a parent scolding a kid, you know, you did this, you did. I know, I don't mean to like that. I simply mean it. To some small degree. For shock value. Because most of us don't think that way. I mean, we all operate within the context of our life. And we can think about things outside of ourselves that we do waste. But we never think about what in me. Am I wasting and then am I wasting me? Am I wasting my life. So that's what I want to talk about. And again, that question. Are you wasting your life? That's a huge question. And even when I ask that. You know, I mean, who's to say what it means to waste your life or not waste your life. And then you might even want to ask relative to, are you wasting your life?
Is what's my meaning. What's my meaning. What's my reason for being on the planet. And then where I'm going is if you're not, or you haven't discovered your reason. And you're meaning the reason why you're on the planet. And you're just kind of fumbling through life. Then the question goes back to. Are you wasting your life? Now, if you've listened for any amount of time, you know that I talk about Don Xavier, my brother-in-law. I say it again. I've said it for the 47th thousand time. I know that a lot of you're probably tired that had been around for awhile. He's not the Don Xavier on YouTube. He's actually has no social media.
And his benefactor let's call it. Mentor was a man named Don Juan Matuse. And Don Juan Matuse once said to me many years ago. He said to me, He said the most important thing that I ever did was I decided what I had to do with my life. Before I crossed over. So what that really, you know, what that really means and what he was saying is I decided what I'm supposed to do with my life. Before I die.
What Are You Here For?
So the question for you. Do you even know what you're supposed to do? Before you pass, you know, you cross over. And if you don't know what you're supposed to do, And you haven't discovered that then are you wasting your life? Big big, big question. So ponder that. I want to go here for a moment. And every one of you listening are going to say, yep. Jim. I know that blah blah blah.
But you're here for a reason. You have to get your mind around that it's important. Well, you don't have to do anything, but it would serve you well to get your mind around it. You're here for a reason. You're here for a reason on this planet. And the question is, is the most important thing you have to do while you're on this planet. Stay with me for a moment is the most important thing that you have to do. Is get your bachelor's degree or get your CPA certification or maybe get a new car or become an MD or a dentist, or to get married. Maybe, you know, one of the most important things while you're on this planet is to make sure you buy a house. Or you go to the gym every day and you got a flat stomach.
How come you're here.
How come you're here. But I want to go somewhere else because this is going to apply to a lot of people. And if it doesn't apply, then keep listening because that will apply to you in a different way. Is the most important thing. You have to do. While you're on this planet. Is to work your life away for a paycheck. I'll ask you again. Is the most important thing you have to do while you're on this planet? Is to work your life away for a paycheck.
I know that most of you were saying, hell no. That's not the most important thing. But then the question after that, is how come so many people spend their lives, slaving it away. For the false illusion of security. For the false illusion of security given to them by a paycheck. So most people want the security.
But then what they're really saying is they want the security more than they want to live. The reason they came to planet. Let me back up and say that again. I misspoke. They want thefalse level of security. More than they want to discover and live their reason for coming to the planet. And where they're really investing their time and their energy.
Is the false solution of security. So I'm going to say it again. You wherever you are in the world right now, you're out jogging. You're out running. You're in your car. You're walking your dog, you're sitting at home. It doesn't matter wherever you are on the planet. The fact that you are on this planet.
You're here for a reason. Now many people will say, and I know because I've done this for so many years. Many people will say, you know, Jim. Yeah. I know that it makes sense. But I don't know. I don't know why I'm on the planet. Or they will say also. I don't know, I can't figure it out. And that applies to a lot of people. They will say I can't figure it out.
And then many more, we'll say. Yes. I, this is what drives me. This is what lights me up. It's my art or my cooking or my singing or my dancing, or my violin playing or my cello playing or whatever it is. But let me tell you all the excuses, why I can't do that. Excuse number one. And most of them always. Yeah, I'm going to be, yeah, most always have to do. I was trying to correct myself there and thinking Jim, is it really most, but it is. For most people, their excuse is, but I have bills to pay. So in effect what they're saying. Is working to live my life away is more important than living my purpose, which is the reason that I came to the planet in the first place.
So, if you don't like what you're doing. Are you ready? If you don't like what you're doing. What I'm going to say. Let me back up even further. If you don't love what you're doing, if you're not invested in it, I mean, if This isn't what lights you up on the planet. You're wasting your life. You are flat out wasting your life because you're trading that bag of skin that you walk in and all of your energy and your essence for a fricken paycheck.
Are You Marking Time Until You Die?
I had someone tell me one time and it hit me really hard when they said it. And it was life-changing for me. She was a coach of mine. And someone who I respect greatly. And she said, Jim, You're just marking time until you die. I was like, whoa, that hit hard. I'm just marking time until I die. And if you're not doing. If you're not doing what you're here to do. Aren't you doing the same thing? Aren't you just marking time until you die.
And aren't you, even though you haven't thought about it in this kind of context. Aren't you. I'm sorry, content, meaning it sits. I'm sharing something with you in the context. The bigger context is your life. But aren't you wasting your life with your activities and your thoughts and things that you do.
Chasing that almighty paycheck. I'm going to segue here for a second, because there are other places I want to go, but I'll tell you this. You do what you love to do. No matter what it is. And we all came to the planet for different reasons. I mean, not all of us came to save a species or this or that and the angels and the harp. No. We all came to be part of a fabric. But if you're not playing. Let me give you a better example, a symphony.
A symphony has all these instruments in it and it doesn't. A symphony isn't all tubas. I mean a symphony. Isn't all violins or drums or oboes or whatever all the instruments are. A symphony has all kinds of instruments that make different sounds. That play different roles in the piece. And all of us are here to play a different role. And that role again, could be. To be, it could be these things also that I'm talking about being a doctor or lawyer or a dentist or, or whatever, even, you know, a hairstylist and I don't mean that in the belittling way you know even hairstylist. I mean that every one of us. When we do what we came to do, whatever that is.
Now we're living and we're not treating our life. For a paycheck or the false illusion of security. Okay. So I have some questions for you. Just ponder these as I go through these. If you're not doing what you're here to do. I've already said that you're wasting your life. And really what you're saying by not doing what you're here to do by wasting your life by chasing a paycheck for the false illusion of security is you're really saying. That the reason you're here is not important think about that. Let that soak in. But then I have another question for you. If it's not important, then how come you're here in the first place? How come you incarnated on the planet? If you didn't have something to do.
At a higher level of consciousness. If you didn't have something to do or something to learn or something to become, you would not have incarnated on this planet in this 3d matter and the first place. So if you're not doing what lights you up and what you love, then you're not here to do. Let me back up. If you don't do what lights you up, you're not here doing what you're here to do.
Some people will also say, and I hear this a lot. Is Jim, I don't know and the reality is. I think you do know. It's in your heart because every time you hear that piece of music or you think about starting that business or doing something. Something then you start giving excuses as to why you can't do it.
What I want to share is that most of you know, You know what you want to do. You know what calls your heart? But you're afraid. You're afraid. And because you were afraid, then many times you lack the motivation. To really start taking action on something. And that goes back to the bigger question in this podcast episode. Are you wasting your life because you're afraid. Now in fairness. I've been there. You could say, well, I really don't know. What I want. Well, something I learned a lot of years ago. Is to ask.
Ask And You Shall Receive
I've mentioned that on the podcast before I I'm a spiritualist, not a Christian. And if you are, that's great. Meaning if you're a Christian, what are, whatever, it doesn't matter to me, you are what you are and what you choose. And there's a phrase. I may get it out of order, but it's in the Bible.
And it's ask. Ask and you shall receive, seek, and ye shall find. Knock and the doors shall be opened unto you.
Most of us. Don't ask. Think about that for a moment. So if you don't know what your Dharma is, what's your purpose is. Do you ask.
When I was talking to my brother-in-law recently. A couple of weeks ago. He was talking with me about healing. And healing it even deeper DNA cellular levels. And he said every night, when you go to bed, He goes, ask the divine ones. Ask the ancient ones. To just, I'm just going to share with all of you listening, what he said to me candidly. He said, ask for the ancient ones. To relight you up. Now what he meant by it didn't mean dropping firecrackers on me or anything like that. What he meant was is ask higher consciousness and higher energies. To help me discover ways to. Further live to further, basically start living in higher energies, even in myself that I don't even know that exist. Whew. Okay. I got that out. So basically is when I go to bed, I ask the divine ones. Light me up. And what I do for me as I imagine my entire body just illuminated. And I imagine myself as just one big packet of light. Which by the way, which is what we are.
When you look at the greatest people on the planet. And all of us aren't really destined for that kind of role. You know, I get a kick out of people in that one. I used to teach hypnosis. I didn't do it a lot. I didn't have any experience, meaning I didn't conduct workshops on past life regression and past life hypnosis. Though I've experienced it and I've found it to be interesting, very interesting and very fascinating. But, you know, the answer for me, the interesting thing about so many people having a past life experience. Is so many people will say, oh, I was Julius Caesar in a past life. And I was Genghis Khan in the past life. And I was Mother Teresa. You know, all these people.
And I'm like, well, if you were Genghis Khan and you were this person and you were Kublai Khan whoever in this person and that person and this person, all great human beings. Who was Joe Shmoe a thousand years ago. I mean, somebody had to be Joe Shmoe. Right. But nobody ever reincarnates never says our goes back in the past life regression and says, oh, I was Joe Shmoe and 1222 BC, everyone always goes back and goes, oh, I was so and so. And so just food for thought.
But where I was going with that, as you look at the greatest people on the planet. These people. They know. There's something in them that has to come out.
And I know that every one of us, we have something like that. No matter how big or how small. And it can be something. That globally, which we would say is inconsequential. But it's something in you that can make people's lives better.
What Is Your Dharma?
And I'm just going to tell you right now where I'm going with this entire episode.
Is that when you commit and you will live with that Dharma coming through, you. And you commit to living the Dharma to make other people's lives better your life. Yes, you listening right now. Your life will get better. I promise it cannot not get better. Because you can't help other people live a better life and not simultaneously create a better life for yourself.
So another question here, another thought. Many people will say, well, I kind of know what my Dharma is. And Dharma basic leisure life path, what you're supposed to do while you're on the planet. And a lot of people will say, okay, I kind of have an idea. But a nigga for that big, but, and they'll give me 87 reasons why they can't do something.
And one of the main reasons. Is because, because I don't know enough about it yet. So question that I have for you. Is, can you start walking your path? Can you start walking your path without knowing all the answers? That's a big question. Because so many people want all of the answers before they start walking their path. Oh, I have to see it all laid out in front of me.
And because they can't, or they don't ever see it laid out in front of them. They never take that first step. And I'm going to just share with you from my own experience in coaching, the amount of people that I have. Most people who end up in places that are of significance. Didn't know where it was going to end up.
When I started the podcast two and a half years ago. There is no way in hell. If you told me, I would've thought, okay. There's no way in hell. I would have thought that I would have created a podcast that had millions of downloads in just a few years. Didn't even enter my mind and I don't know where it's going to end up. I have no clue.
But you know what I have to do, what I have to do. And what I have to do is to podcast. And my Transformational Coaching Programs. Because, however we want to place value on that. That is what I do. So, what I'm saying to you right now is you're not going to know the big picture when you start. You're not going to know when you know what it's gonna look like at the end.
All that I know is that you've got to take that first step. Somewhere. I'm going to ask you a bit of a brutal question here, but is it more important for you to waste your life? Going in your circles and circles and circles. And let me figure it out, let me figure it out. Or being trapped in your 3d ego.
Is it more important to waste your life? Or just to start doing something that will move you in the right direction.
Pretty simple thing to skip over and the mess. But think about that based upon what I just said.
So this whole episode, again comes back to, and I'm going to keep on going more. I want to say, you know, say to you and share with you. But it all comes down to if you're not living your Dharma. How come you're here. Why are you here? If you're not living that. You're wasting, not in terms of your value as a human being. You're wasting your time here. Think about that. You're wasting your opportunity here. By not living what you came here to do. And then I just said a couple of minutes ago, if you don't know ask and the main thing, the simple thing is what lights you up? What just sets you on fire. That's the easiest way to get started. But if you don't know, then just ask, but the question was. Are you wasting your life? If you're not living your Dharma and fulfilling your Dharma.
You know, I don't know how long you've listened to the podcast. And by the way, I appreciate it very much. Very much. And I do want to point out also, I'm going to ask a favor, which I rarely ask, but if you're finding value here, please share. Please share these episodes with your friends and family and on social media, because if your finding value, then doesn't it make sense that other people are also going to find value. And if you can help them live a better life, then everyone. Everyone wins. I mean, we all get benefit from it. So where I was going is a couple of years ago, I had heart failure. And I obviously with heart failure ended up in the hospital. And I had heart failure, two weeks. Before we were to offer my Transformational Coaching Program. Which at that point I would offer it only. And I've only done for five years. I've only, I've only offered it twice a year.
And the spring. And in the fall that may change, who knows, I'm looking at some other delivery options right now. But I would only deliver in the spring and the fall. That's it. And I had heart failure two weeks before we offered the program. And a senior member on my team said, Hey, Jim, you know, you're in the hospital. I mean, you, you just had, you know, we have to start promoting in two weeks and putting everything out. And start enrolling people in the program. A lot of people have been looking forward to it. And you just had heart failure. Do you think we should put the program on the back burner? Do you think we should just not do it this spring?
And I said no way. No way in hell. We're going to do it. And we're going to do it because this is my Dharma. And I don't think I said this, but I remember saying you can't take my Dharma away from me. This is what I do. Now I'm going to segue way off topic. It's pretty comical. I was having dinner with a student of mine. Annie Letterman recently. And she was here in town visiting and we were grabbed dinner. And Annie has made dramatic as she will tell you. As she's talked about on some of the largest podcast in the world, she'll tell you that I have had a dramatic impact on her life. And she was saying, Jim, when I enrolled in my first TCP.
I knew that she had heart failure at that point. And she, by the way, she's I love her to death. She jokes a lot. And she's like, I got enrolled in that TCP. And I really wasn't in a place to do it, but I got enrolled in case you kick the bucket. Meaning the heart failure killed me. She wanted to make sure that she went through her first session or through the 14 week program, the Transformational Coaching Program.
So Annie, I love you, but I just dawned on me as I'm doing this episode right now. But I couldn't, that's what I do. And what I'm sharing with you is I could not, not do what I do. And when you're living your Dharma and your reason for being here, that's how it feels. You cannot not do this. So I go back to what I've said twice. Now you're here for a reason.
And let me go a different direction. Well, not a different direction, but, but posed us in a different way.
What makes you matter? I think about that. What makes you matter? And what makes you matter? Not mad. M A D D E R. But what makes you matter is what gives you joyful? Bless. What thing can you do, or do you love to do. Relative to creating value in the world for other people that you get lost in.
One of my students today was saying that she gets lost when she's cooking and she's, she's the banker. And that was an epiphany for her when we dug into it, because she's a banker that she's good at and she likes doing that, but she gets lost in baking. And I know some people listening could say, well, Jim, you know how it's could that be my Dharma?
Uh, baking. Well, maybe that's something that you came to the planet to do, and you can create something completely different and baking or a new way or a better way or a healthier way. Or even cooking for people bring so much joy to you, which brings joy to them, which creates expansion and joyful heart expansion for all of us.
So there's nothing too little. When it comes, as I said, it doesn't have to be grandiose with the, the harps and the angels and the music and all that kind of stuff. It can be simplicity as well. But I've sat at the thousand times and it's pretty much airtight you're here for. Two reasons. You are here and, and that bag of skin that you're walking around in right now. That bag of bones, another friend calls it a meat suit, whatever it is you want to call it. Carbon. A physical body. You're in that physical body. And the consciousness is in you. For two reasons. To evolve your consciousness. By your experience on the planet. And then secondly is to serve.
To serve other people. And I've said before many things I'm saying here, I've said before, but I know when I say it in different ways, people hear it in different ways. And what I'm wanting is that click that. Aha. Okay. I get it now.
So what I was saying there. Is. Many times we're so stuck. In our false illusion of security and earning a paycheck. When in reality, we could go out and serve others. And as a result of serving others, making their lives better. We change who we are and when we change who we are, we evolve. Ponder that.
So there's a phrase that I use and it's called two by four, right between the eyes. And that statement or what I want to ask right now is. Let's say for a moment that I'm correct.
And let's say that we all have Dharma. We have a reason we have a purpose for being on the planet.
The question is. How tragic. Is it for you? That you ignore that purpose that you came here with inside of you?
What Lights You Up?
As I've said a few things, it can be art. I mean, art lights me up. When I see certain pieces of art, it just brings something out in me. It expands me. What about dancing? When the famous dancer, Martha Graham said something like there's an energy, there's a life force in you that no one else has.
And so Martha Graham, her, her Dharma was to be a dancer. You know, what about, what about. Singing and music as Dharma. 'cause I'll tell you right now. I don't think there's a single person listening to this episode. That doesn't have some composer or writer or a singer or whatever, a music. That doesn't bring something out in them.
That's the power of those people living their Dharma as what do they bring to us? I mean, for me, I could sit and listen to the Beatles. If you said, Hey, Jim, we're going to drop you off with Tom Hanks on a deserted island. You know, cast away the movie and we're going to drop you off with one. You know, one group or one artist and their music, who would it be?
For me, it would be the Beatles because I can listen to them over and over and over and over again. But those guys were living there. Dharma. So by living their Dharma, what kind of enhancement did they bring to me enjoyed it. They bring to me. You know, even business. So there's this quote. And the quotas it's just foolishness to not recognize the creativity that you can unlock in the corporate world.
Now you're never going to guess who said that? Are you ready? Bono. Yes. Bono of, of U2. So I'm just going to be blunt. Seriously. And there's a, there's a thousand different ways I could defend this. But your purpose is not to collect more things. Now I will do want to point out. It's great to have things because they make your experience on the planet easier.
But your purpose is not to collect more things while you're on this planet. More homes and more cars and more watches and more, no, that's not your purpose. Those are things that people do.
Your purpose. As I said earlier, is to grow and evolve spiritually. And if you're not living your Dharma, You're not living your spiritually aligned life. And then I'm going to solve in this a little bit, instead of saying, are you wasting your life? I'm going to switch that and say, if you're not living your Dharma, you're not living your purpose.
And you're not living spiritually aligned. Are you using and living your life? Well, That's a huge thought. If you're not aligned with your Dharma, you're not living on purpose for you. And then again, Are you really living to the full capacity of your consciousness and who you are. You know, another way we can look at this.
And when I learned this many years ago from one of my coaches, a different coach than the one I mentioned earlier. Is, I was talking about some fears that I had.
And she said, oh, And this was men 25, 30 years ago in the current field that I'm in. And she goes, Jim. You're more concerned about your fears. And holding onto your fears, then you are helping people. And that was like a Mike Tyson or Floyd Mayweather, or Muhammad Ali punch right to the face when she said that, because I'm like, holy cow.
She's right. I'm more consumed with my fears and what could happen and how I'm going to look bad. And I've got to try to look good and all these kinds of things. Then I was with who can I help today? And when I started helping other people. That's when the true essence of me started coming out and that's when I really started discovering my Dharma.
You know, another caveat here or another way to look at this as most people spend their lives. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this, I would be richer than Elon Musk. Well, not really, but I would have a lot more money than what I have in the bank now. But I've, I've heard so many times. Something along these lines, what is my purpose? Or I'm looking for my purpose. I hear that all the time. I'm looking for my purpose. I'm looking for my purpose.
And they're looking for their purpose as if they've lost something, but your purpose is inside of you. Your purpose is not an outcome. Your purpose per se is not a watch or a home or even music or the things that I talked about earlier. Your purpose is your way of being. And your way of being comes from your soul essence.
You're which comes through our Dharma and we live that. And then by the way that we're being, that's your experience of life? So ponder that right now is what is your experience of life. That's your transformational takeaway. Let me just go at this from a couple of different directions. So to today's date, when you're listening to this.
What is your experience of life? Now what a lot of people will do, because that's what we do is we'll have a knee jerk response. Oh, it's great. It's this it's that it's whatever. But let me ask you in a different way. Based upon questions, I've been asking you.
If you discovered. And you knew. And you lived your spiritual alignment and Dharma. Would you now be having a different experience of life.
Okay, that wraps up this episode. And as I'd mentioned earlier, if you would please share this episode and the podcast with people that you know, would get benefit and who like this kind of content. I know some people don't like me trust me. I get the emails on it. Trust me on that. But that's okay too, because I can help the people that want to be helped in the way that I can provide that assistance for them to grow and expand and evolve their consciousness. Thanks for listening and I'll catch you over on another episode. Bye-bye.
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