In our culture we tend to stay in our left brains and try to understand things with the rational mind. What I have learned over the years is that there is no such thing as pure rational thought. In the human being, our thinking is always affected by our emotions and our subconscious, even if we are not aware of it. In fact, so called rationality is usually based in fear and a need to protect oneself. It is based in a scarcity mindset. It does not trust what it cannot see.
If a career is based on scarcity it will ultimately be detrimental to your being because a job or career that is based on scarcity is also based on fear. The sense of scarcity is the feeling of not having enough and so you strive and struggle to fill up that lack.
“Rational” decisions that grow out of a fundamental paradigm of fear, scarcity, and lack will not have the energy of courage and passion. You will not be willing to take the risks that are necessary to succeed in a career at the level that you may truly desire.
This is not to imply that just by reading this blog you will suddenly be able to overcome fear and move into an abundance paradigm and take risks. But if you can at least see how fear is blocking you, then you have a chance of taking steps to move in the direction of what you really want.
So a good place to begin is to explore the scarcity vs abundance mindset. Ask yourself, what’s blocking you?
If you discover that it is fear that is blocking you, one of the best places to begin is to brainstorm some steps you can take to shift things for yourself. Any step is better than none.
What I have found is that one of the best places to look is in the direction of other people who are successful. More specifically, look for people who are successful in the way you want to be successful.
When I first began to explore the idea of being self-employed, of following my bliss, I was working as a patent paralegal for a national law firm. The law firm was successful as were the people who worked there, but that wasn’t the kind of success I was looking for. I no longer wanted to work in law. I no longer wanted to work in a corporate environment. I no longer wanted to work in an office from 9-5pm. I no longer wanted to dress “professionally” or commute.
I wanted freedom. I wanted play. I wanted creativity. I wanted fun.
So I began to turn my focus in that direction in order to prove to myself that there were people out there who were building successful careers with freedom, play, creativity, fun, passion, and bliss. If it was possible for them, then it was possible for me. All it required of me was to take the first steps, and eventually to take a risk. I took those steps; I took those risks, and today I am self-employed, following my bliss. My life is full of freedom, play, creativity, fun, passion, and bliss.
That doesn’t mean I never feel fear. I’ve had to confront all of the same obstacles that anyone else who is successful has had to face. But I had the willingness to do it. That’s where it all begins, the willingness to take the first small step.
If you’re reading this blog, then you’re taking one small step right now. If you want to take another small step, consider registering for the Un-Job Fair at Colorado Free University that will be held on Saturday, May 31st. I will be presenting on the two topics listed below. I hope you will join us!
How Blogging Can Increase Your Income
Your business website is a virtual storefront, and the interactive quality of blogging draws people to your site on a daily basis. Blogging keeps your business in the minds of people with whom you’ve developed a relationship, and attracts new clients. Stand out and distinguish yourself by broadcasting information about your products and services in the public realm of the world-wide Internet.
Write a Book: Share Your Journey, Inspire Your Clients
Growing a following means making a connection with clients. When you share your story about the struggles and obstacles you’ve overcome, you give hope and inspiration to others. Revealing the journey you’ve been through touches people’s hearts and creates connection that can be a fundamental part of your market visibility.