Stop being someone else’s version of you.
I know, it’s hard. You have a lot of voices pulling on you for your attention. Everyone has a version of you that they like.
You’re the mom, brother, mailman, baker, garbage man, designer…the list goes on and on.
But who do you say you are?
There’s a scene I love from Disney’s Pocahontas. In it, Grandmother Willow sings.
Listen with your heart. You will understand.
Among all the noise and media, do you have time to listen to your heart and understand?
Or are you just going through the motions unfulfilled?
Does it bother you? Are you going to do something about it? Or is fear going to get the best of you.
Only you can decide.
In my senior year of college, I had an identity crisis. I’d been studying psychology. I wanted to be a counselor. Would I be good at it? Yes. Was it my heart’s desire? No.
I wanted to be a writer.
But all my life, all I heard about was money. Make sure you have enough. You can’t take a creative job because that won’t give you enough. You can’t be just a writer.
Those were the voices that filled my head.
Money is important, but it isn’t everything.
If you could do anything in the world and be paid for it, what would you do?
Believe it or not… that’s possible. Don’t tune out just yet if you’ve got a glimmer of hope sparking life in you for the first time in a while.
It’s possible to take your dream, the purpose you have on this earth, and make a living from it.
I just want to stay at home and write all the time. How is it possible to make a living from that?
Imagine what kinds of problems that could solve for people. Perhaps I connect with small businesses who have trouble writing the copy to fill their websites. They pay me to work remotely. I get to stay at home and write all day.
Your dreams are possible.
But don’t embrace how you’re going to sell yourself just yet. First, you’ve got to discover your passion.
What would make you excited to go to work every day?
Take fifteen minutes and interview yourself.
Are you happy or not? Why?
Is there something in your life you desperately long for? What keeps you from pursuing it?
What tools or skills do you need in order to do what you love?
Is the fear of not having enough money, being laughed at, and failing going to stop you from trying?
Give yourself time to work through this.
You’ll have to be honest with yourself.
It may take an hour or years. But until you discover your true self’s passion, it will be hard to move forward. You’ll be like a ship without a rudder.
Once you have direction, you can make a plan.
The plan will empower you to see the bigger picture. Write it down and commit to it.
If you aren’t willing to commit to work toward a life you want, then you have no right to complain about what’s wrong in your life.
No one else is going to take the time to develop you and your dreams.
This is your responsibility.
So tell me… What are you going to do today to advance your dreams?
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