What Project Are You Working on Now?
August is traditionally called the dog days of summer. It’s hot in the northern hemisphere. It’s a time when we would prefer to be sitting by the sea, a warm sun bathing us as a cool breeze softens the extremes of heat. We’d like to be lazy, take our vacation and go play with our loved ones. It feels good to be able to disconnect from the rat race and just enjoy our lives.
Much of my life, I was not comfortable taking such a vacation. As a freelance employee in the entertainment industry, we worked on a different schedule. We worked extremely long days when we had work, saving as much as possible for leaner times. When a project was completed, we immediately set to work to secure a new position to pay the bills. Since we did not know when the next gig would arrive, we were extremely frugal with our money and certainly did not include a vacation trip in the plans. It was only when we knew we had work when we returned that we allowed ourselves to entertain the possibility of an honest vacation.
This year I am in that enviable position. I am taking time off. I will spend some of the time visiting my daughter’s family in Seattle. It sounds as if we will take a side trip to Vancouver, a city I have never visited. The other portion of my break from television production will be dedicated to setting up the launch of a course I have been developing since I wrote my book Rainbows Over Ruins. ROR is a spiritual journey I underwent after a landslide destroyed my home of close to 20 years. It is a personal journey.
People have spoken well of that story, yet when I went to turn it into a course for others to utilize, I had to reverse my thought process. Bill Ganz, a marketing guru, was the first to notice that all of my vision boards reflected what I needed to do, rather than what my readers and students would value in the experience. He suggested I redo my vision board to capture what my students would want.
That required a major shift in the way I approached the material. It took a couple months to find the visual image that would help me redesign my vision board and my work. From there, the board guided me in the preparation of my podcast series “Rebuilding Your Life: Moving from Disaster to Prosperity.” That series takes you from the experience of a disaster through the steps you need to take before you are ready to move forward, out of the experience of being a victim to that of someone who is ready to manifest their dream.
By that point, I was ready to write the course that helps you build your dream. It takes you through both the inner principles you need to embrace as well as the outer actions you will take to realize your goals. The content is written. Now I want to take advantage of every free moment I have to get it into the hands of those who want to take this journey themselves. That is my desire. That is my passion. And that is why I want to use a significant portion of my vacation to get it ready for delivery. This vacation satisfies my big “Why.”
So what is your Big Why? Have you identified a vision of what you want to accomplish? Experience? Have? And do you know why? When you know the answers to those questions, you will be in a position to focus and persist toward the attainment of your most important goals. It’s a fantastic place to be.
I encourage you to figure that out. Until then, you may find yourself working to help others achieve their goals. There is nothing wrong with that and it can provide the income you require in order to pursue your greater dreams.
However, once you are pursuing your own vision, you open the door to experience something even greater. Joy.
May you get a strong sense of your dream and be inspired to pursue it.
I hope you have a dreamy summer,