Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks, where a message seems to keep hitting you in the side of the head, but it takes a few good whacks before the light bulb comes on and you realize that the message is for you?
Conversations about life, observing someone else’s challenges, an article or inspirational quote as you’re scrolling through Facebook…sometimes a message threads its way into those daily interactions, slowly creeping into the back of your mind.
Sometimes it’s just the message you need, and it sparks something inside you that becomes a flame…just like that.
Sometimes it makes you want to scream because you hear the message, loud and clear, but you don’t think you have the tools to use it. You’re tired of everyone throwing inspirational quotes around like saying them three times and clicking your heels will suddenly make all of your problems go away. That was the case for me this week.
Follow your passions.
I see it everywhere…but what advice do you really need to motivate you to follow your passions? It sounds SO SIMPLE. They’re your freaking passions…what else would you be following in life if not your PASSIONS?!?
Close the book, problem solved. Throw a swoosh on the cover and JUST DO IT.
But it’s not that simple, is it?
If you just make a list of the things you want to do in your life and schedule them into your week, you’ll be MAKING time, and then your life will be filled with the things you love!
But it’s NOT that simple.
But if you prioritize better, and take some time to reflect on what REALLY matters, things will fall into place!
BUT IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE.
What motivates that nagging voice in the back of your mind, that tells you life is complicated? It whispers that you’re doing your best and that living the life of your dreams is just that…a dream.
In one of my conversations this week, I was the one trying to convince someone else that it IS that simple, change your mindset, stop getting in your own way…blah blah blah. Bring on the quote in your Instagram feed, the song on the radio, the billboard driving to work…all shouting the same message.
A few days later, I was reflecting on the experience of someone else in my life, and I noticed something else standing in their way. In many cases, there’s a self-destructive instinct that kicks in. From the outside, it looks SO simple, just step over the little bump in the road and move on. But something in our minds makes the barrier look a thousand feet high.
Why do we put barriers up to our own success? Our own happiness?
The first answer is probably something like…we don’t put up barriers…LIFE does. We have obligations, commitments, life isn’t that SIMPLE.
So are you telling me you’ve never experienced that hesitation when you’ve felt like you’re on the brink of something big, and stopped short, afraid of what you might find?
Or that you’ve never spent the time convincing yourself that you’re justified in NOT trying to pursue your dream, hobby, passion in life, because ‘…….’ is in the way?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there were examples of this phenomenon all over the place, and I was curious what the “experts” had to say.