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?
In all honesty it is hard for me to pin-point a certain "goal" or a certain aspiration that I have always wanted to accomplish. I don't look at my life as a series of goals and accomplishments, but rather at the faithfulness of the day to day. Did I serve whole heartily? Did I pray continuously? Did I love unconditionally?
I have desires.I have dreams. My "bucket list" is a bit ridiculous. I would love to move to a big city, get a job at a local cafe and live life with as little responsibilities as possible. To wake up one day, grab only my essentials, and take on Europe with no plan- just a map and a camera. To feel that sense of adventure and constant idea of a something new and different. To bake pies and spend days at the beach. To be the saucer to the cup. My goals and dreams have nothing to do with a position in an office, a nice car, or really anything with status what so ever.
My dream, that aspiration, is to love those around me, no matter where I am at. When I close my eyes and think about what I would do if nothing was holding me back- well that is all in His timing and apparently it is not time yet.
My boundaries and walls are combinations of fear, responsibilities, expectations, money, and just down right the Lord's timing. How do you over come those? prayer and patience. But realizing that today is today and I need to be faithful to today.
Thank you Pops for showing me this: #Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Find out more at http://ralphwaldoemerson.me