I read a quote today that says, “If you’re struggling today, it may be that you’re having trouble separating the circumstances of your present from the possibilities of your future.”
This instantly hit me.
This is what I call, “the gap”: the space between where you are and where you want to be.
If you want to watch a video on it, check it out here. It’s pretty eye-opening.
Back to the utterly, totally, tried and true ‘messiness’ phase. The not so glamorous in-between that we so often feel anxious being in.
We know where we want to be, but the stepping stones aren’t so clear at the moment.
I have known this all too true. We know where we want to be, but we so often feel frustrated or stuck where we are.
I believe we so often get stuck in these places because we simply lose sight of our mission, accepting it openly and purely letting go of specific outcomes. Trusting.
Has anyone else stuck here with the “I should” or “I need to” dialogue running through your head?
- I “should” make the website NOW
- I “should” appear on every social media platform
- I “should” make that business plan NOW
- I “should” have X amount of money in my bank NOW
It wasn’t until I talked to a friend today that I realized that sometimes setting hard-pressed traditional goals isn’t enough. We need to connect to our higher-power at a deep level, or simply enough our mission, our “why”.
This is where true alignment happens.
Here’s what I mean: have you ever noticed when you are driven to make or do something so strongly that it feels weightless to make or complete? You finish the painting in one hour or the post is easy because it feels so true to you. You are being guided by your own instincts and it instantly becomes aligned. When you connect with the reason you were put on this planet, your pure mission (however it is to help others or the world), I truly believe you are not being steered wrongly.
Don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe in structure and responsibilities. However, connecting with and trusting yourself opens up limitless possibilities. It can look like trusting your first instinct, the internal voice that whispers what you want to do. (Ie., showing up on Instagram live to talk about something you experienced, an inspirational thought or even create a less traditional niched – or not niched – business) It feels like something that you are excited to do, to share or to become.
I truly believe moments in business are all connected and aligned. We are not living in a traditional business world anymore where “hustling” and “making it happen immediately” works anymore –– this year has proved more than ever that a traditional form of ‘hustling’ simply doesn’t work.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.Steve Jobs
I believe as creatives, connecting with our “why” or higher purpose is more important than ever now. I believe when we let the ‘messiness’ evolve and we surrender by going through it, magic happens: our ideas flow, we connect to a source power and we can show up serving as our best selves. I believe this is when things start to turn out not worse or as we fear they will, but even better than we imagined. It may not look exactly as we imagined it, but it will be aligned with our version of a dream life. I believe we are entering a new system of business where being ourselves, trusting our gut instincts is intuitively seen by others. When we post something or choose to pursue a job or venture that feels right to our inner most selves, this is what creates genuine impact in our lives and those around us.
Our “why” can ultimately be our mission statement, it is the pure motive behind what drives our purpose. Beyond goals, it is what motivates us to aspire to or do the work we dream of doing int the world.
For example, I aim to help bring other entrepreneurs dream business’ and ventures to life through strategic branding and marketing. I also want to keep pursuing socially good passion projects and work with conscious brands.
As Dave Hollis said above, he is talking about being stuck in the gap phase. I believe he was mentioning that surrendering to our own selves, or God, or whichever your higher purpose may be and accepting the messy middle everything actually fast tracks for us in the best way.
So what happens when we as creatives and entrepreneurs let go more of the “I should”? This can look like meditating, listening to the small voice while in feeling relaxed in the shower or just softly listening to your inner knowing. Then, taking the right small steps.
What happens when we stop resisting and forcing things and we focus on the purpose behind what we’re doing? When we trust in timing and ourselves:
- Small but surely little opportunities pop up, you run into a potential client that feels so right
- Possibilities suddenly start to appear
- You suddenly start to feel clear about your direction because you are connecting with your true mission
- Ideas and concepts flow easily to you
- You start trusting yourself because things start to align
The universe really does work in weird and wonderful ways. I 100% believe that this is when the whispers of our true desires seep into our subconscious. This is where true creative flow, authenticity and magic starts to pour into our bodies.
If you take anything from this, think about all the times you felt confused, frustrated or hopeless how things were going to work out. How many times did they end up working out, and sometimes when we let go, even better than we possibly imagined in the end?
Try this: before bed ask yourself, “How can I show up to serve the world tomorrow based on my mission?”
Watch and see, your subconscious will work in the night. I 100% believe in this.
When you connect to your higher purpose, the universe has your back.
Have thoughts? What do you think? Send them my way to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment in the message box below!