Somewhere between my teenage years and today, we started saying no thank you. No thank you to settling. No thank you to doing what makes everyone else happy. We redefined normal. We decided we no longer needed permission to become fashion designers, photographers, models or anything else we choose.
With sites like Amazon, EBay and Etsy, we can easily set up a store front. With sites like Instagram and Twitter, we can create a following. With web hosting, we can build http://www.insertyournamehere.com to create our platform.
You are an expert at something, and someone needs your knowledge. Many someone’s need your knowledge. For example, I love to buy clothes and shoes, but I have no idea how to put them together. I’m the girl that buys what the mannequin is wearing. So I go to YouTube to watch videos of experts to get ideas. I can go to Thumbtack and hire a stylist to help me use my wardrobe to be more stylish.
My point here is this, you don’t have to rely or wait on major corporations to give you a chance. You can create your own conditions. Your own dream job. You don’t have to play it small. You do, however, have to put yourself out there.
Have you put into thought about who you want to serve?
If not, then today I challenge you to do just that. Find a quiet spot and sit down and meditate. Fifteen to 20 minutes would be ideal, but if you are not a meditator, then start with five minutes.
I try not to use the word meditate because people think mystic and religious. The only thing you are truly doing is giving yourself time to hear your own thoughts. You are shutting off the noise of the world and the opinions of others. When the noise creeps back in, start to breathe and count each breath. This brings you back to focus.
Lets get your creative juices flowing and get clear about what you want. I always want to put emphasis on changing your mindset. It’s time to start thinking like a CEO and not like an employee.
Ask, what does your next career look like?
What kind of people are you seeking out?
What would it take to get started?
How does it feel as you are performing your task?
Keep asking and answering yourself questions until the picture is clear. Use that picture to make your next move. Don’t feel like you have to go at it alone.
Who can you reach out to for help?
What books can you read by subject matter experts?
Are there any podcast out there on the subject? A YouTube video?
What Meetup groups can you join?
Its not like it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. There are people willing to share the path they took to get where they are now. Don’t allow yourself to be held back by excuses of not knowing what you can do. Each time you find yourself giving an excuse, ask, what would it take?
Keep asking. Keep trusting. It’s a process. Mistakes will happen, but lessons will be learned. Don’t stop.
You are so worth it!