I had several amazing consultations this week with some of the most incredibly creative people I’ve ever met. It was inspiring to me to see the work that they’re doing and the difference they’re making in the world. We’re talking trail blazers here. Do they have insecurities? Yes. Were they dealt some hardships in life? You don’t even want to know. Do they sometimes take a step back and say, “What the hell am I doing here? Am I still on track?” Totally – that’s one of the reasons they booked a session! But they didn’t let circumstances stop them from moving forward in life, from doing the very work that feeds their souls. They still suffer some financial hardships. They can get scattered all over the place with different projects, and they’ve been known to work so hard that other areas of their lives have had to go neglected for certain periods of time. But they have chosen to follow their dreams, no matter what. Their dreams are more important than following the status quo. That’s what it takes, I think, to be a trailblazer.
I’ve met with other clients who want to follow their dreams, but get very much stuck on the “no matter what” part. I know what it’s like, because I’ve been there. In fact, I still go there. I’ve stayed at jobs that were virtually toxic for my very SOUL because I needed to pay the rent. I mean, come on. We have to be practical here. And yet, there is something so truly incredible about committing to something that feels so right for you. I’ve heard time and time again about authors who got up at 5am to work on their novels before their day jobs began. Or people who just do whatever it takes to get to where they want to be, to achieve their dreams, to accomplish their goals.
It’s easy to be lazy, or to succumb to fear and trudge on that same old treadmill, day in and day out, because you know exactly where it’s going and there are rails to hold on to so you don’t fall off. But what would happen if you just took a moment to listen to your soul, to really try and figure out what it is you’d really LOVE to do with your life – and then decided to just go for it, to close your ears to the naysayers, to shut off your “Yeah, but” voice, to say to hell with your self-esteem, and just jump in with both feet? It might be fun to try – because, really: you never know.