Remember back in Elementary school when teachers and adults would ask you ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ It was always something like doctor, veterinarian, pilot, or basketball player. Never once did kids say ‘sit in a cubicle and punch computer keys all day’. Why is that?
Well, there are likely many different answers, but in my opinion the biggest one is that the dreams of our souls and the dreams of the world are often not in alignment. When we are kids, we dream based on our soul’s potential and not what has been imprinted on us as ‘possible’, ‘responsible’ or the image of ‘success’.
The older we get, the more messages we receive that we need to be ‘practical’ or ‘safe’, which unfortunately in a lot of cases means doing things that are substantially out of alignment with our values and intuition. The result? Financial stability? Sometimes. Satisfaction? Rarely. I can count on one hand the number of people I know who are truly satisfied with their careers. The thought of spending 40 hours a week at a job- more time than probably any other category of your life- and it’s not even enjoyable? It’s sad, really.
Beyond that, many people simply let their lives ‘happen’. They follow the rules that society has set up in regards to the path that we follow to find success, and rarely take the time to think about whether these steps are true for them or in their best interest. While I don’t think that you need to pre-plan your whole life, I do believe that having no eye toward greater opportunities and possibilities is a sure-fire way to not realize anything of greatness.
“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget
So what to do? Well, if you find yourself feeling that small calling of ‘there’s more’, an awakening that your soul has a greater purpose (even if you don’t know what it is), then the best thing you can do is to start listening. Find time for silence- meditation, walks, yoga- anything that allows space and room for your innermost ‘self’ to simply breathe. The more you can create space to listen to your intuition, acknowledge your desires and reflect on your child-self, the more you can start to create the dream-life you’re truly craving!
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. -Steve Jobs
Have you felt a ‘calling’ that your life’s work is begging to be brought to the world? I’d love to talk with you! One breakthrough session and you could be on your way to creating the life YOU crave!