Inside all of us are dreams unrealized and wishes looking for ways to become reality. How do we move our brilliant inspirations into action? The first step is to imagine what our ideal work life could be; the second step is to move toward that vision. You can daydream forever but to reach your goal of a fulfilling work life, action must be taken. Sometimes we know what we need to do to move forward in the direction of our dreams but we just can’t seem to take that first step. Why? Maybe we become overwhelmed by the possibilities or by the challenges of making changes. Or maybe we just need more information to decide which direction to take. Then there is the insidious often underlying obstacle: fear.
You know that pesky inner critic that pipes in and says stuff like; “you can’t do that because…” or “that’s a stupid idea” or “you don’t have what it takes”? That is fear talking. Inertia kicks in and we damp down our yearnings and convince ourselves that we are okay staying with the familiar, safe, and standard pattern of working. (Not that it is any of those things given our current economic climate). What if instead, we listened to the voice of our hearts, our brilliant ideas, our yearnings, and put real action into creating the career of our dreams doing work we are passionate about?
What is one thing you can do today to support your vision of an ideal work situation? Is it starting your own business? Working in a non-profit? Being an independent consultant? Working part time and writing a book? Owning a bed and breakfast? Being a travel photographer? The opportunities are endless. Just taking action in the direction of your vision can kick you out of inertia, help you overcome your resistance, and silence your inner critic (for a while anyway). It may be two steps forward, one step back for a time but once you get some momentum going, as Dr. Seuss said; “Oh the places you’ll go!”