A while back I had the amazing opportunity to chat with a local Career Coach. During our discussion, she asked me what I really wanted to be doing in my career. I told her all the amazing things that I would love to do. Write, coach, speak to groups, lead retreats, the list went on and on. Then she asked me such a simple, but powerful question “How many of those things are you currently doing?” Whoa, What?? Well, I think about those things all the time. I envision myself doing all of those things, I even almost attempted to do some (or one) of those things. But, actually doing…zero.
That’s when she told me those magic words we all know so well (thanks to Nike)…you need to just do it. She asked me how I know what my dream career looks like if I have never actually done it? How do I know I that would love to stand in front of groups of people and attempt to motivate them by my words? How do I know I would love to lead people on retreats? How do I know I would love to coach people to reach their highest goals if I have never tried? Huh, I never thought about it like that. But, she was right. Just because I majored in Speech in college does not mean I would still love standing in front of people and speaking. Maybe now public speaking has become another one of those crazy phobias I seem to develop as I get older! Just because I used to love to write doesn’t mean I still enjoy it. Yikes! I guess it was time to stop dreaming and start doing! I needed to find out if my dream career really was still my dream!
Today I challenge all of you to just do it! Stop dreaming and start doing. Whatever you have been dreaming about, today is the day to take one step towards fulfilling your dream. Actually going out and doing it is the best (and quickest) way to learn if your dream is really something you want to be doing. Maybe you always thought you wanted to write a book. Then today sit down and start writing. If you really do love writing than you will write more. If it is ‘your thing’ then you will love it so much you will want to do it all the time. That book will be done before you know it. But, maybe you sit down at the computer and start writing and realize this whole writing business isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe writing isn’t your thing. But, as you were surfing the internet (instead of writing) you came across an ad for a graphic design program that seemed very cool. Maybe graphic design is your thing! The more you do something you enjoy, the more you will do it. That sounds kind of obvious but think about it…the more you enjoy writing, the more you will write. The more you enjoy speaking (or running, or training dogs) the more you will do it. And, the good news is if it turns out your dream is not exactly what you thought it was, then you can always try something new! Whatever you have been dreaming of, now is the time to just do it.
All of us like easy. We want the Universe to hand us our dreams in a beautifully wrapped package with a bright red bow on top. Unfortunately, for 99.9% of people, this is not the way it happens. We have to go out and make our dreams come true. The Universe has your back and wants you to succeed, but you have to be the one to go get it. If you want to write, then write. If you want to speak, then find a place to go speak. If you want to be a yoga instructor, then take a class. It is easy to sit home and dream, create vision boards and think about how amazing your life will be. The scary part is actually getting out there and doing it. The Universe has your back. You were meant to do great things. Maybe the great things you were meant to do are the things you have been dreaming about your whole life. But, maybe not. The only way to know is to get out there and just do it. The Universe will guide you to where you are supposed to be. But, the Universe will have a hard time guiding you if you refuse to get off the couch! Today, take one step towards your dream and just do it!