Trust me, I get it. I used to set goals all the time. In fact, I looked forward to it. There’s something thrilling about writing down everything you want to accomplish, isn’t there? But after years of failing, learning, and analyzing, I’ve realized that the cons tend to outweigh the pros. Besides, apparently only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
Everyone has certain things they feel they must experience in life. Too often, we allow things to get in the way of those visions becoming a reality. Norms, routine, fear, etc., and we can forget to overlook the first step of overcoming these obstacles. But that very first step is to visualize. To be still, wonder, and realize that your life must have more. Not for selfish reasons, but because life is made to be an adventure. You can't have that adventure without the curiosity to guide you.
That's why I love vision boards. Because they're a tool to help you do exactly that - visualize.
If life isn't meant to be an adventure, then we should all know what our end goal is. Do you have a clear picture of your "end goal"? I don't. Maybe it's associated with a calling, but I'm not sure of my calling is either.
When a door opens up for a good opportunity, walk in. Don't hesitate. Even if it's not perfect, just go for it. Why? Because that door will lead to another opportunity if you do it right. You have to start somewhere and your dreams won't be accomplished by sitting around and waiting for the door to open. If you see a door open that you can learn from (which is most doors) take that opportunity.
Creating a personal brand for yourself is very difficult. (Well, at least for me it has been.) But I've finally got some direction for taking my personal brand to the next level.
If you follow my blog, you may be aware of the fact that up until a couple of weeks ago I was struggling in a weird “funk”. Well, the truth is, being positive is always a struggle. But, I don't usually “give in” like I did recently. For a few months, I had lots of negative thoughts, a lot of fear, and a lot of anxiety.
Sometimes your ideas that you believe are the best, most eye-catching, or useful, will actually be the ones that other people don't care about. Maybe you put a bunch of effort into making your vision a reality, you're excited, and you know for sure that people are going to love it. It's one of those things you're just so excited about that you can't stop thinking about it, and you're enjoying the process so much that you talk about it to everyone.
I feel as though everything from my past is colliding with my dreams of the future. For a long time, I felt like I was only looking forward, but now it seems more like I'm learning to live in the moment. That probably sounds cheesy, but the only reason it's strange to me is because I didn't choose for this to happen. There was no particular moment where I chose to take some time to reset my mindset or view on life.
I recently wrote on the fact that I need more fear. Well, in reality, it's the fact that I need to face more fear. This past year has been a series of one adjustment after another - I left some people, met some people, but I also made some big decisions. Within this process, I've become a bit numb to change. Now, I'm caught in a place where I need to push myself again.
I've noticed a problem today that I want to solve, so I'm going to do that right here and right now. You see, this past year I've been focused on doing projects, launching my career, and bettering myself as a professional. I haven't had a lot of time for reading, which is something I love doing.