Monday, June 6, 2011

Trust30, day 7: Dare To Be Bold

Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” - Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?

Today on my "day off," I put in twelve solid hours of office and paperwork because there currently is just no other time to do it with the current demands of the job I hold.

That's about as sad as I can imagine "reality" and "being realistic" to be and yet I find myself here, having arrived surely from my mindset and the previous choices that I have made.

I heed to honestly ask myself, where would I be now if I had worked half as hard for my own passions as I have for employers in traditional jobs? In "reality," it wouldn't have even seemed like hard work because when one is involved in the pursuit of one's passion, time flies by as you occupy a place called "the zone" more often. That is a place of joy where what is accomplished is almost beyond belief because it dwells not in the state of "being real."

I know what I can be because it is something that I have always known deep inside; this life has given me a different perspective and an ability to share that view point in a clear and entertaining fashion. This Trust30 project came to my attention specifically because truly, "now is the time."

The number one obstacle is fear, of moving out of the "familiar zone." I have already created that with the intense amount of traveling that I'm currently doing. The second is to begin putting the book and project together and I will not let the current situation slow me down.

Time to re-prioritize, dear friend. Not only am I willing to do the work but I am also open to being shown the easiest, most efficient and fun way to achieve my goals and dreams. It's finally time to let the statement be made manifest and stop being scared of our power.

More to come. That's a promise.

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