Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. ~ Dale Carnegie
Stuck. Trapped. Lost. Miserable. We have all felt this way at some point. Some of us may make it to the “other side” and then find ourselves right back where we began… or worse. It can actually be a beautiful, transformational process if we have the tools to guide us through. I recently read and article in Success Magazine that 1/3 of Americans feel stuck. People find that they are not living to their potential, acting on their dream, having the relationships they want, fulfilled by work….they’re in a RUT. Although I find the statistic disheartening, I can relate.
I’ve been there more than a few times in my life. One of the most significant times for me was just prior to leaving Corporate America and starting my business. I was anxious and felt like “there just has to be more that I should be doing.” It took a lot of introspection, reflection, work and being in the fetal position on my couch, but I finally broke through. You may be thinking, “Ok, that’s nice but how do I get clear?” Good question! I’ve outlined a few steps below to help simplify the process. It’s important to recognize that although they are simple, they are not easy. Otherwise, 1/3 of us wouldn’t feel stuck, would we?
4 Easy Steps Towards Achieving Your Desires
1. Accept that you are stuck
The first step in achieving your desires is acknowledging that you are stuck and think of what is it that you want or need to do in order to make a change in your current circumstance or situation.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~ Apple Inc.
2. Get Clear about what it is that you want
At first, that seems easy, doesn’t it? It’s not. It can be a very difficult and daunting task to decide what it is you want, long for, the dream of or desire. In fact, this step can appear so hard that most people stop at this step and continue to live less than fulfilling lives. Not fun.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. ~ Blaise Pascal
3. Take Action
Any action. This is a vital step, and again, one of the hardest. If you persevere through Step One and Two then it’s likely that you’ve already experienced some sort of resistance (or perhaps you’ve already decided, “this is ridiculous” and you’ve given up). Your ego has one primary mission and that is to keep the status quo, the status quo. So, anything that remotely seems like change, or stepping out of your comfort zone is an enemy to be attacked. Your mind will procrastinate, justify, find excuses, come up with conditions and create a number of brilliant tactics to keep you exactly where you are; stuck. It’s really important to understand this, but even more important to take action no matter how inconsequential you feel that action is.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~ Aristotle
4. Have a Practice
Our nervous system cannot tell the difference between something that we are making up or are remembering as an actual experience. Employ practices such as conscious breathing, visualization, affirmations, dream boards etc. to reinforce your efforts and accelerate having what it is you want. Understanding these steps will help to incorporate desire, discipline and personal accountability to begin to take consistent actions toward your desires. Go after what you desire. Your whole world and everyone in it is waiting!
With self-discipline most anything is possible. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
at 10:16 pm
Great article & helpful/useful for some struggling to cope and find ways to manifest / improve their life.
at 1:16 pm
Love this article! I agree that #2 is harder than it might seem – I am working on this right now. Purpose Fairy emails are something I look forward to every day 🙂
at 11:01 am
Yes, I know it from Apple 🙂 Thanks Gina.
at 10:45 am
Actually, I should’ve checked my sources – it WAS Apple, not Jack Kerouac 😉
at 10:39 am
Great article and very inspiring!!!
Please note that the quote under #1 should be attributed to Jack Kerouac.
at 6:41 am
Sometimes your desires take money, a lot of money…more money than I have or can beg or borrow. If you don’t have the money then you are realistically out of luck. Can you name some people who would be willing to set up someone in a business?