Now that we’re starting to get our bearings in this crazy “new normal” we’re all experiencing, I thought I’d check in. What opportunities are you starting to see in all of this?
If you’re not there yet, don’t beat yourself up. Fear is enough of an oppressive emotion, without heaping on the pressure of self judgment.
But if you are there, if you are seeing opportunities all around you in the midst of this new reality...there is a reason. This is your divine wisdom and intuition guiding you. Now, more than ever before, How do you listen more closely to those little ideas popping into your head? How can you take some action, no matter how tiny, towards these ideas?
I call these “Universal shoulder taps,” and we experience them all the time. But we’ve gotten really good at ignoring them, pushing them aside, or tabling for when the time feels right.
But when we do that, the inspiration goes away. We lose passion for the idea. We tell ourselves it wasn’t meant to be, but sit in our discontent because we know we’re not really living our purpose or fulfilling our dreams.
You're seeing these opportunists popping up every day - recognizing and seizing the opportunities this pandemic is bringing in such creative and exciting ways. The ones who are emerging as leaders in their respective spaces are the ones who have been quick to take action.
OK...no pressure, right? (And we all laugh, a little nervously.) But maybe we can break that down in a way that doesn’t feel quite so heavy. Here’s a 3-part roadmap that helped me and has helped many of my clients take hold of the opportunities in front of them.
Resist the Voice of Fear
You may have an idea brewing, and could be telling yourself, “But, my business is this other thing,” or “But I have a full-time job,” or “But that doesn’t make any sense,” or my favorite: “But how will I earn a living doing that?”
All of those thoughts are just distractions. It’s the brain’s way of keeping you safe by stopping you from venturing into the unknown. To your primitive brain, you’re safe where you are right now because you’re alive and in no immediate danger. Your primitive brain views moving toward a new and risky idea the same way it would stepping outside the cave where dangerous animals would eat you.
But you’re not going to get eaten. So you’ve got to resist the voice in your head saying, “This is insane! What are you thinking?? Don’t do it!”
Easier said than done; I know from experience. This is fear talking, and fear is a powerful emotion. When you hear this voice of fear rising up, the most important thing to remember is that it needs to be heard. So take out a piece of paper, open a journal, and start writing down every fearful thought that comes to mind. Every reason this idea is impossible or ridiculous. Everything that could go wrong. Give it a voice.