Last night I was feeling unsure about a project I had been working on for a few months. I was questioning whether I was on the right track and looking for a sign that I was meant to continue and actually accomplish this goal of mine. Truth is I was having some serious doubts. After being very enthusiastic for months, my inner gremlins were taking over. So, I decided to check in with my higher self and ask “Am I meant to do this? Am I being delusional?”
Now first of all, let me tell you what I mean when I say higher self. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what that part of me is. All I know is that when I am confused or unsure, I will ask it for guidance and for some reason unbeknownst to me, if I completely let go after asking, I usually get an answer. I often ask my questions just before bed because I find sleep clears my mind enough to let me access the answer by the next morning. Quite by surprise though, but not unusual, this time I got an answer within minutes of asking my question.
The answer was this…
Joanne, there are no guarantees’ that pursuing this project will give you the expected outcome but if you don’t do it, you will never know.
I bet you are thinking…Wow, I wish I had access to that kind of wisdom!!
All kidding aside. I know the answer is simple but there is a bit more to it than that.
When we are compelled to act on something from our gut, to start a new project, to set a goal for ourselves, we never know exactly what the outcome will be.
That’s why it’s important not to make it all about the outcome. First of all, if you have a strong desire to do something, something that comes up again and again, in my opinion that is a cue to act. Those passions and dreams that seem to pop up out of nowhere are a gift from the universe. And girl (or guy ;)), you should grab on to them with a big smile and a thank you!
We are not born with a life map. That would defeat the entire point of LIFE!!. Life is an incredible opportunity to create. Victor Frankl said that we should not expect life to give us meaning but rather that life asks Us, to give It, meaning. How do we do that? Well the seeds of that meaning are in those desires and passions that knock on our heart’s door saying, “Hey you, you need to do this.” “This is important!” “I’ll just keep showing up until you pay attention!” “Helloooooo!!!”
When we act on those dreams and those goals, we have no idea whether they are going to turn out exactly as planned. And the process can even get pretty scary and messy at times. But that is the beauty of being human. And given the chance, acting on them, allows us to learn and grow into the best possible version of ourselves.