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Defining Moments

By Sue Urda

There are certain moments in our lives that shape our future.  They put us on a path to the career, relationship or purpose that is destined especially for us.  These defining moments may come to us completely unexpectedly, or they may come to us at our beckoning, like a vision in a meditation or an answer to a prayer.  When they show up, they cannot be ignored or denied.  When they show up, you will know it.

Defining moments are very much like ah-ha moments.  They are those beautiful split seconds of time when a thought strikes us that is so profound that we know it has been within us forever, yet it seems that we are seeing it clearly for the very first time.  It is like finding buried treasure... even as you look at it right before your eyes you can hardly believe it is there; and yet, you know without a doubt that it was always meant to be yours.  

There was a young woman whose father died suddenly and she was left to manage the family business.  Since the business was already on weak legs, the loss of her father caused the loss of confidence of the partners of the business and the business was forced into bankruptcy.  The young woman was left with what appeared to be nothing, and her family urged her to get a job so she would have the security of benefits and a consistent paycheck – something she had not had in quite sometime.  Somehow, the young woman knew that this was not her path.

One night she woke up suddenly, hearing a loud bang.  What she realized was that the banging was the beat of her heart, guiding her to start the business anew.  She found a new partner, contacted her clients and began the long climb back to a fruitful, thriving business.  Today, 14 years later, she is still an entrepreneur in an entirely new field of business.  She is filled with desire for a huge, abundant company that assists people in their business and personal lives.  She lives fulfilled and happy because on the night she heard the thumping of her heart, she followed it.

Defining moments come sometimes in the midst of ecstasy and sometimes in the midst of despair.  No matter when or how it shows up for you, you will know when a defining moment is upon you.  Your heart may race, you may become hot or cold, you will feel unable to contain yourself and you will have a desire to take some action toward your vision.  It may also show up like a whisper.  A small voice within you may whisper and gently nudge you, and you will be inspired to make a certain decision or to follow a path.  You will simply have a feeling of the rightness of your choice, and the knowing within you will guide you.

When your defining moment comes, listen closely.  Your inspiration is the voice of God.  Now, that's Powerful!

Sue Urda is a contributing writer for, you can learn more about Sue by visiting her profile 

Sue is Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women's Network and a two-time Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies honoree.  Her vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to expand Powerful You! by creating chapters around the US and beyond.  Sue's mission is to create venues for women to grow their businesses and nurture relationships, and to foster empowerment, gratitude and self-development.  Powerful You ~

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