I’ve been feeling very stuck over the past few weeks, knowing that I wanted to change jobs and develop my career, but unsure of what to do and how to do it.
And then it struck me.
After weeks of constantly thinking about what jobs I should do, talking to friends, utilizing different self-help techniques etc, I saw a picture, embedded in a website which I was looking at for another reason. The moment I saw this picture, the whole of my mind, body and soul “said”, “Yes. That’s what I’m meant to be doing”.
From that moment, my mind, having felt cloudy, confused and foggy for days, suddenly felt clear. Even my body language and breathing changed. I went from depressed to elated in 0.5 seconds!
This is what happens when you’re connected and in contact with your true desires.
Many years ago, whilst participating in a course, I came across an exercise which encouraged just that.
The instructions were clear. Take a magazine/newspaper (one that is no longer needed) and take 5 minutes to go through it quickly and cut our any words or pictures that you feel drawn to. Do it quickly, the quicker the better, giving less time to think about it.
When the 5 minutes are up, arrange the words and pictures on a piece of paper and stick them down.
Over the years, I’ve done this exercise a few times, and what I’ve found, each and every time, is that things been drawn to, weren’t always the things that I thought I wanted or thought I could have. And I’ve been amazed at how certain things from those collages have transpired and materialized in my life.
This is the time of year when so many people make resolutions to start new things and stop old things. Lots start off with strong motivation, but after a month or two, even a week or two, the motivation fades and they either go back to doing what they used to do, or stop doing the new thing they’ve begun.
I believe that a lot of this has to do with choosing to do, or give up things that aren’t right for them. The fact is, if changes are made which at some level you don’t really want and the goal you work towards isn’t YOUR own goal, but someone else’s, you’re destined to either fail or succeed whilst feeling miserable and empty.
The only true success, is when it’s of your own design.
So I invite you, if you wish, to try the above exercise, and see how it works out for you. Maybe you’ll be surprised to find out what you truly want.
I’d love you to let me know how you get on.
And as for my picture…. there it is, above!