Where to start when the calling to do more gets so loud that you can’t ignore it anymore.
You’re standing on the beach and ahead of you is the wide open ocean. You know that there’s something really grand on the other side but there’s a journey that you need to take to get there. This journey can be experienced with more pleasure than pain if you take a few key steps before you head out on your journey.
What I normally see, and I’ve been there myself, is that we are wanting so much to be in that other place we never chart a course on how to get there. So let me save you some grief.
If you set out across that wide open sea you can find yourself taking steps towards something, but things come along and that makes you change direction, and change direction, and change direction, and change direction.
You gettin’ the picture?
The sort of ‘things’ that happen are sometimes within your control – like that kitchen cupboard that must be sorted out right now, or that gadget you’ve been meaning to buy so you go out to the shops as you have to have it Right Now.
Other things come along that are out of your control – like the teacher calls and you have to go in to a parent teacher meeting, your dogs get sick and need to go the vet. Life doesn’t stop just because we have a dream or a calling.
So, getting back to this heading out to sea thing. What happens is you end up out in the open sea with no land in sight and you end up lost with no clear way to get to where you want to be.
In the same way as if you were actually out at sea it’s important to have a destination and then a chart a course to navigate your journey, so you end up where you want to be. Just as ancient explorers did, modern navigators use the stars to chart their course. Using the stars helped them to plot where they were in relation to a fixed point, so they would know if they needed to adjust their course and avoid getting completely lost.
It’s exactly the same if you want to answer your calling by starting your own business. I’ve got my top three things to tick off your list to help you chart your journey, so you can enjoy it even more.
1. Be clear on your destination
Now that doesn’t mean you have to have every last bit of detail worked out because that’s impossible. Instead, start to think about how you, your family, your neighbourhood, your community or even the world will be a better place after your contribution. You’re looking for the ideas that when you think about them evoke a strong feeling. It might light a fire in your belly or bring tears to your eyes. You know you’re onto something when you feel the idea physically within your body.
2. Be playful
This isn’t serious, simply life changing for you and the planet.
The best bit about playing with this idea is that your idea will be completely unique to you. It doesn’t matter how many other people seem to have similar ideas there’s no-one else on the planet with the same experiences, insights and thoughts about this topic than you.
By law of nature you must be at the leading edge of thought on this one topic. At a deep level you have benefited from all the other work done in the area of your magical gift and then you get to create something unique to you.
It can’t be any other way because there is only one you.
3. Write it down
Once you have a clearer idea on where you are heading that’s when the magic starts to happen. Your thoughts will inspire new ideas and you will find yourself hearing, reading and seeing things that either confirm your ideas or help you tweak them to be richer and more fulfilling.
It’s important that you write this vision down. Place it on the dash of your car, your bathroom mirror or any other place where you will be consistently reminded about this vision of your ultimate destination.
If you love to hear about facts and figures – A study by the Dominican University of California, Dr Gail Matthews found that participants who wrote down their goals and sent weekly updates to a friend had a much higher success rate than those who kept their goals to themselves. In one study group 76 per cent either achieved their goals, or achieved more than half their goal. In that group they wrote down their goals, assessed it and sent a weekly update to a friend.
With your new vision you will feel yourself being pulled towards it and you will feel more aligned.
“Whatever I ‘align' myself with are the very things that will create a ‘line’ into my future.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough