Despite our best intentions, we often live our lives on autopilot - we don't fully experience ourselves in the world around us.
It's almost near impossible to remain focused on what is possible when we are constantly confronted with the challenges and demands of our fast-paced society.
Take a moment to picture yourself in a peaceful atmosphere, separated from all the clutter, distractions, and noice.
Then ask yourself:
What would I do if I wasn't afraid?
When your thoughts have settled, think through the following steps to help identify and cultivate the dreams and desires that exist for you at the core of your being.
IDENTIFY YOUR OBSTACLES. Are there any obstacles in your life that you know you need to confront but have been avoiding (i.e., speaking up to a boss, ending or mending a romantic relationship, losing weight)? Sometimes fear can debilitate us to the point that we get stuck in denial and make excuses around important issues.
GIVE FEAR A SHAPE. Ask yourself what you are most afraid of. What factors contribute to your fear, what triggers it, and what gives it power over you? Also consider the ways in which your fears have been getting in the way of your happiness and success.
VISUALIZE YOUR DREAM LIFE. If not for other people’s judgments and expectations, what would you be doing with your life that you feel inhibited from doing now? Make a list of as many things as you can think of, big or small, that you would do if you weren’t afraid.
BREAK IT DOWN. Once you become consciously aware of your authentic self, you can begin to confront the areas of your life that are not in alignment with your truth. From there, consider creating a few small, reasonable goals for yourself each week to get yourself moving in the direction you want to go.
CELEBRATE YOUR MILESTONES. Each time you successfully overcome a meaningful obstacle, take the time to share your accomplishment with others. Plan a small party or social outing – whatever feels appropriate. It is important to celebrate your feats with people you love. This will help to strengthen your support network and inspire you for future endeavors.
Remember, no change or transition is easy. They are most always challenging - but this is your life! Remain committed to the process of self-discovery and exploring your true passions in a healthy way. Be honest with yourself. Once you begin to see fear as an opportunity rather than a hindrance, you'll create fewer limitations for yourself, and become your authentic self.