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Is it me? Is it that strange for people to actually try and amalgamate their passions into their careers? To merge that enthusiasm into their daily existence and accept nothing less? It simply baffles me.
I have changed careers, directions, paths and silos on numerous occasions searching for my true passion. Something that would fulfill me and leave me with a daily sense of accomplishment. I know, I’m probably not the norm.
I have always looked at the world and life with an open mind and an open heart. Always excited by the possibilities and opportunities that lied before me.
Every challenge was met with undying faith that I would be ok and that it was an opportunity for me to grow, evolve or even conquer an inner fear I had been carrying around. Don’t get me wrong, I also met a lot of these with anger, frustration and resistance at first before I realized that this attitude caused me more harm than good. I quickly got the jest of the lesson which was that if you went against the flow instead of with it, the flow would swallow you whole like a Tsunami and you would end up at the end of it all quite battered and beaten down.
After facing unimaginable turmoil and tragedy, I began to realize that I had made a habit of standing in my own way. All the dialogues I entertained with myself that I wasn’t “good enough, smart enough, educated enough, etc…” were brick by brick creating a wall between myself and all the things I could experience and ultimately accomplish.
Each brick was filled with fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) and represented something I thought I was missing within myself to become all that I could be. All I was created to be. I had completely isolated myself into this tower of self-hatred and I hadn’t even realized I was doing it. We get into a comfortable state of confusion and become victims to our own demises.
It took facing the big “C” to scare me straight! The realization that your life might be cut short certainly motivates you into appreciation and gratitude.
Once I got to the other side of that journey, I promised myself I would make it count. I wouldn’t let fear run my life anymore. I would go after everything on my bucket list and wouldn’t stop until I felt I was all that I had been created to be.
I realized what a miracle each one of us is in true fact and I began to see life through a very different perspective. I basically took the sledge hammer to that fear and replaced it with an open heart and an open mind about the world I lived in and the life I was living within it. That 180 degree change of perception created an entirely new life experience for me. Everything around me changed.
I heard someone say once, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at start to change”. Today, I think that statement is brilliant and a true representation of what has happened to me, to my life and my every day experience of this life. I no longer wait to have a degree to approach people about a career I would like to explore. I simply contact them and say “I’m interested in this career path and would like to experience it through your business. Is there anything we can bring to one another that could benefit both of us in this experience?” I no longer sit around and think of all the reasons “not” to do something, I just do it.
So, what I have learned through my life experience is to never take things or people for granted but also, most of all, to get the hell out of your own way.
Don’t find excuses, find solutions. Do not be afraid, be enthusiastic. Approach life with a child’s mindset that the world is your oyster and that everything in it can be yours for the taking.
If you believe you can achieve something, than nothing will keep you from it.
What truly keeps you from accomplishing your dreams is the fear that you can’t. The fear is what’s holding you back. Nothing more.
And, at the end of the day, all fear really spells out is False Evidence Appearing Real. So, don’t let something “appearing real” pass for real.
Go out into the world and go after everything that brings you joy. Get out of your own way and find your element. Have faith that if your heart is filled with joy at the thought of going to work every day doing something you love, you’re living a pretty great life and everything else is gravy!