When I began the work of Designing My Life with the Handel Group, I began to understand the various areas of my life, and how they’re connected.
I started to see what I wanted to become. I want to leave a legacy of love, healing, and service. I am honor-bound to fulfill that.
My biggest, life-purpose-level dream has been to find a way to merge my work as both an activist and a healer. So I’m building a business that offers yoga, healing arts and self-care practices for caregivers and changemakers. This work feels like a cozy sweater made just for me. But vision wasn’t enough; I needed a course of action. Here are a few ways I’m making my dream come true; may these notes be of service on your path.
I’ve become much more organized. I’ve broken down my vision – my “dream” – into all the tasks and missions that would make it happen, so that nothing could slide off my radar. I dream big, but I understand that each step may feel small. I also remind myself that the path isn’t linear.
I’ve become accountable. I’ve told people my dream, so they’ll want to know how it’s going. I’m being asked about my progress, so I’m staying on track. Telling someone else is keeping me honest with myself, and on the path of realizing my vision for my business.
I’ve developed keen discernment and availability to new ideas. A dream requires clarity and specificity. Sometimes, when what I’d thought I’d wanted isn’t resonating, I’ve shifted gears. It’s an experiment, and my dreams are evolving, but I’m paying attention. Taking action at each step keeps me heading in the direction of my dream, no matter what.
I’ve written my dream in a way that it touches my heart when I read it. It gives me goosebumps. Each time I read it, I’m inspired to rise higher.
I’ve learned to ask for help. The practice of asking for help with my work and my vision humbles me, and keeps me in a service-minded space. No matter what, I do not accomplish anything in a vacuum.
I’m noting positive side effects. Now that I’m chasing my dream for my career, my relationship with time area is now a source of joy. I’m productive, punctual and well-boundaried. I do what I say I’ll do and I feel proud.
I know I can’t control the future. But in the meantime, I live in integrity, take wise action, chase my purpose, and am kind, hot in pursuit of my dream to merge my service with my practice.